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Wyclef Jean's sixth solo album "Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" (2007) is a short enjoyable release. The Haitian MC and Producer delivers an outstanding album which will be enjoyed by an international audience. The diversity of guest appearances on this release is impressive with global guest appearances coming from Serj Tankian (Lebanon), Sizzla (Jamaica), Akon (Senegal), Lil Wanye (New Orleans, Louisana), Niia (Needham, Massachusetts), Shakira (Barranquilla, Columbia), Paul Simon (Newark, New Jeresy), Mary J Blige (Bronx, New York), Chamillionaire (Houston, Texas), Aadesh Shrivastava (India), Norah Jones (Brooklyn, New York), Melissa Jiménez (New Jeresy), Will.i.am (Los Angeles, California), Machel Montano (Trinidad and Tobago), Daniela Mercury, (Salvador, Brazil), Black Alex (Haiti), Shabba Ranks (Jamaica), Djakout Muzik (Haiti), Lucina(Mexico), Sun (Singapore), Elephant Man (Jamaica) & Tony Matterhorn (Jamaica). Clef makes his intro with his daughter talking in the background, leading up to the album's first full length track "Riot" Feat. Serj Tankian (Of System of a Down)& Sizzla a solid track - I like how Wyclef references Big Pun and rhymes like him for a minute. I have two favourite track's on this release, one is the lead single "Sweetest Girl" (Dolla Bill) which features appearances from Akon, Nia & Lil Wayne. Akon's borrows the chorus from Wu-Tang's famous song "C.R.E.A.M." singing soulfully, in a musical tale about deportation - everyone hold's their own on this first class track. The later favorite is a collaboration with T.I. on "Slow Down" a highlight track, Wyclef rhymes and sings about many of the problems of the world, with T.I. relating, Wyclef's chorus is outstanding & the track has a positive message behind it, some people need to slow down & rethink the directions they are moving in life. Shakira delivers some soulfully smooth vocals for the love ballad "King & Queen". "Fast Car" is a laidback collaboration with singer/guitarist Paul Simon. Mary J Blige & Wyclef reunite for another on point collaboration on "What About The Baby". Musical director Aadesh Shrivastava of India provides the backdrop for "Hollywood Meets Bollywood" (Immigration) which features an appearance from Chamillionaire. "Any Other Day" is a mellow collaboration with the multi talented Norah Jones in a track which was originally made for a Hurricane Katrina benefit album. "Heaven's In New York" is the only full length track which has Wyclef on solo, and its a memorable one dedicated to refugees worldwide, Clef sings soulfully " If it was my last day on earth I'd treat it like my first go out the way I came in so innocent so pure with no thoughts of insecurity Live life to the fullest be what I wanna be...". Wyclef and Mexican american singer Melissa pay tribute to the late "Selena" while "Touch Your Button Carnival Jam" is the album's biggest collaboration featuring will.i.am, Melissa Jiménez, Machel Montano, Daniela Mercury, Black Alex, Shabba & Djakout Muzik. Bonus track's include "On Tour" Feat. Lucina & "China Wine" Feat. Sun, Elephant Man & Tony Matterhorn. Wyclef Jean provides a high quality release full of uplifting music with "Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant".