Exactly 20 years ago, Wyclef Jean blew up on the mainstream, with the release of his debut solo album, Carnival. After his run with The Fugees, the legendary N.J. would continue his solo career and eventually transition to a behind-the-scenes person – away from the limelight. However, with the anniversary of his first album being this year, Wy drops the official third installment of the series, The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.
“What makes this special is the nation of producers,” he told HipHopDX in a recent interview. “For example, the Young Thug record [‘Wyclef’], the producer is Super Mario. He probably was listening to The Carnival when he was seven. So he’s in the studio with Uncle Clef, put the two frequencies together and you get a record that’s called ‘Fela Kuti.’ Then you got another young crew called The Knox. They come in … Uncle Clef we trying to create ‘Stayin’ Alive’ we wanna beat that.’ So we put the frequencies together and come up with a record called “What Happened To Love?” This is 1997 meets 2017.”
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