September 15, 2008 |
Cries of adulation -- and hunger -- followed Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean and actor Matt Damon as they toured flood-ravaged Gonaives to call attention to suffering there. Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike submerged the Haitian city and cut off roads. Damon and Jean encouraged help for the United Nations to raise more than $100 million for 800,000 Haitians in need. Jean's Yele Haiti charity is helping to distribute food.
October 18, 1999 |
As a live performer, Wyclef Jean runs strictly on instinct and adrenaline, and while the results can be wildly erratic, the Fugees-member-turned-solo-artist is rarely dull. With no new album to support and his birthday to celebrate, Wyclef was free to indulge himself during his late set at the House of Blues on Saturday, playing both MC, party host and Lothario while roaming freely among different styles. Wyclef could be hip-hop's Attention Deficit Disorder poster boy.
August 31, 2000 |
Score another hit for a Fugee member--Wyclef Jean has the highest-charting debut in the country this week with his second solo album, "The Ecleftic--2 Sides II a Book." "Ecleftic" sold 95,000 copies during its first week in stores to debut at No. 9 on the nation's tally of album sellers, compiled by SoundScan's retail monitoring service. At the top of the chart, meanwhile, St. Louis rapper Nelly, speaking to fans with the huge radio hit "Country Grammar," logs its third consecutive week at No.
August 31, 2004 |
Saving what had threatened to be a stay-in-the-seats night at the Hollywood Bowl, hip-hop's Haitian ambassador Wyclef Jean deftly tore open the slick surface of popular rap to deliver an irrepressible performance tapping storytelling skills, intelligent freestyling and deep roots in Caribbean and R&B music. By the end of his too-short set, he had transformed the polite crowd to hip-hop carnival revelers, with many stripping off their shirts and whirling them overhead.
June 21, 1997 |
Jean's vision of himself as a musical revolutionary doesn't exactly jibe with the shout-out he gives to Armani and Calvin Klein on his liner notes. But then revolutionaries are sometimes as contradictory as politicians. If Jean has his way about it, they'll apparently be better-dressed too. The Fugees member's ambitious stance on this solo project takes him from the symphony to the streets, and the classical underpinnings of "Apocalypse" actually serve to give that track a funkier bite.
August 27, 2002 |
Hip-hop soul queen Erykah Badu and rap jack-of-all-trades Wyclef Jean both emphasize personal and cultural empowerment in their work. But on Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl, these acclaimed artists took very different approaches to getting their messages across. Headliner Badu took the stage wearing a huge straw hat, floor-length grass vest, long emerald dress, thigh-length tiny braids and tall platform boots.