Wyclef Jean's greatest hits: Five stellar moments from the rapper/political candidate
- August 5, 2010 5:21 PM |
- By Greig Dymond
Now that he's running for the Haitian presidency, Wyclef Jean probably won't have much time for making music. Since his mid-1990s commercial heyday in The Fugees, the rapper has released numerous solo albums and produced sizeable hits for artists like Whitney Houston (My Love is Your Love) and Shakira (Hips Don't Lie). Here's a brief tour of his career, in the form of selected video highlights.
Fu-gee-la was the first single from The Fugees' second (and final) album, The Score. The song neatly encapsulates the band's potent formula: politically attuned rhyming from Jean and Pras, cool retro song samples and Lauryn Hill's ethereal voice. The album went multi-platinum, but massive success apparently destroyed the group - they broke up in 1997.
Gone Till November (1997)
Gone Till November is an exquisite track about the human cost of drug-running; it appeared on Jean's debut solo album, The Carnival. The video contains one of the greatest Bob Dylan cameos of all-time.
We Trying to Stay Alive (1997)
We Trying to Stay Alive is also from Jean's solo debut album, The Carnival; it features a tasteful sample of The Bee Gees' hit, Stayin' Alive.
M.V.P. Kompa (2002)
A native of Haiti, Jean has occasionally released songs in Haitian Creole; this track, from his Masquerade album, is one of them.
Nappy Heads (2004)
In 2004, The Fugees briefly reunited to perform an awe-inspiring set for the concert film/documentary Dave Chapelle's Block Party (see clip at top of this story). The excitement on stage and in the audience is overwhelming, and the band is in peak form as they plow their way through Nappy Heads, a track from their debut album. Sadly, the reunion was short-lived: they did a few more gigs in 2005 and 2006, then the group dynamic deteriorated. Chances are slim that they'll ever play together again.
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