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Carnival Explicit Lyrics

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002BV3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Intro/Court/Clef/Intro (Skit/Interlude)
2. Apocalypse
3. Guantanamera
4. Pablo Diablo (Interlude)
5. Bubblegoose
6. Prelude To 'All The Girls' (Interlude)
7. To All The Girls
8. Down Lo Ho (Interlude)
9. Anything Can Happen
10. Gone Till November
11. Words Of Wisdom (Interlude)
12. Year Of The Dragon
13. Sang Fezi
14. Fresh Interlude
15. Mona Lisa
16. Street Jeopardy
17. Killer M.C. (Interlude)
18. We Trying To Stay Alive
19. Gunpowder
20. Closing Arguments (Interlude/Skit)
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Product Description


"Taste the culture, know who you are," exhorts a voice in the opening seconds of The Carnival. While Fugees mastermind Wyclef sets a high goal for his first solo album, essentially a follow-up to the Brooklyn hip-hoppers' multiplatinum The Score, he never succumbs to feel-goodism or preachiness while traveling the songlines. Including everything from over-the-top operatic scatting to Bee Gees samples and Celia Cruz as part of its rhythm nation, The Carnival proves that, "Killing Me Softly" or no, the rapper/producer is far from losing his knack for mad fun and games. And, indeed, if you're not careful, you may end up learning something: witness the ballad "Gone Till November," a drug runner's unflinching lament. --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
The Carnival posesses possibly the most creative musical production of any Hip Hop album during the 90s. It's not a surprise because of Wyclef Jean's diverse musical outings, from hip hop, Latin American, reggae, haitian, calypso, rock, and everything in between. I can't say if there is any large Hip Hop star that has the cultural insightfulness and diversity that Wyclef has. Being Caribbean myself I'm in love for the fact that he has patios lyricism displayed here. I would love to see him team up with France's superhero MC Solaar. The album is less serious than the Score, which it is otherwise a general follow-up, including a more comical feel. But this isn't to say this is 3feet High and Rising Part II, it's got it's share of introspective and serious topics. Overall it's a masterpiece, however I took a five star away because I am convince that Wyclef Jean was holding back. He could have included more intellectual lyrics on the album than he did. Otherwise, if you want the ultimate Hip Hop collection then you MUST own this album.
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Format: Audio CD
In 1997 the Fugees decided to try their hands at solo work. Wyclef Jean came out first with his solo album The Carnival. The album is overall decent, but sometimes there's not enough flavor.
The first half of the album contains the best songs. Tracks like "Anything Can Happen", "Gone Till November" (some of the lyrics are different here than in the video version) and my personal favorite "Apocalypse" should keep fans happy. But after a while, some of the songs on the rest of the album start to sound the same.
This album has 24 tracks, and as soon as you get past track 12, most of the songs come off more as okay rather than good. The only real exception is "We Trying To Stay Alive" (which made a lot of diehard rap fans finally admit that the Bee Gees made some dope music). Not to say that the end of the album isn't good, but I don't think the album would have suffered if some of the songs weren't on there. And another thing is that there are too many skits on the album that follow the same joke. The first skit is interesting, but after a while the skits start to drag.
But this album is still good to listen to. Truth be told, this is the only good solo album Wyclef had, so don't bother with his other two.
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While this album is over an hour in length, only half of that time is actual music. The rest of it consists of several comedic sketches, though I hardly felt that they legitimately qualified as being comedic. Songs like "Gone 'Til November" and "Guantanamera" are awesome. All the other songs on the album are good, too. With the exception of "Gone 'Til November," which is one of the last tracks on the album, this CD is a piece of work that deminished in quality and entertainment value with the passing of each song or comedic sketch. Still, if you're a Wyclef Jean fan (which I happen to be) you'll enjoy the album very much. Besides the fact that there wasn't as many songs on this album as I had hoped, my only other criticism is that the album didn't contain the hip-hop version of "Gone 'Til November" that was played endlessly on the radio. I loved that song and I bought this album hoping that it would be on there. This isn't Wyclef's best body of work, but it's still really well done and enjoyable.
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Format: Audio CD
This cd from wyclef is a good cd. I had this from a while back and it's still good. Fans and Non-fans of the fugges should check this out because it's a couple people on this u might not know is on. People like lauryn Hill, John forte, pras, G+B(the product), Jeeni fujita and others help to keep it hot. Check for Jeeni fujita in the future...shes about to blow up. The cd starts off with a intro skit that sounds like a commercial for a movie. All the skits are funny and they play through this cd like a movie. All the skits are in court and are about wyclef proving that hes good and not a "Playa", "Thug", etc. The best tracks here are: 2,3,5,7,9(This one is tight and should have been a single),10(another tight one. This is a true story if u listen close to the lyrics),13(This song is in french and has Lauryn Hill singing a tight verse and if u listen to the whole song u learn what it means at the end. lauryn explains in english), This is a cool slow jam with Aaron neville,18(Classic party jam mixing old school with the new).
Overall this is a good solo cd from wyclef and I think he did good even though he had a lot of guests. The guests don't over shadow him and by the time your done you will know something about where he is from. Lauryn and Wyclef did good and are still doing good solo. I don't know if pras will ever get to their level. It would be good to see the fugees reunite but since they all are at different levels now..I guess it's history. Check out wyclefs new one coming out in June, but until then this is something to listen to. he might suprise you with a couple cuts here because he mixes it all up slow jam, fast, hip-hop , reggae and everything.
If u never been to a carnival, then here is a good start.
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Wow! This might be the craziest rollercoaster ride of an album since The White Album. And like the White Album it is a great album that fails to completely match its grasp with its reach. (and as weird as it is to be comparing Clef to the Beatles, it's not nearly as weird as some of the stylistic combinations Wyclef has made in this musical gumbo). The fact is, it's wildly incoherent and incohesive. But that very fact makes it entertaining as hell. For instance all the interludes make it look like a concept album of sorts. But if so, what is the concept? The carnival? The courtroom storyline? Wyclef's Words of Wisdom? Then again, the obvious suggestion that all of the interludes should have been cut would have resulted in a lot of the fun being cut, too. Some of the interludes, like "Killer M.C." and the first part of the original Intro, are just brilliant. As for the songs, there are a lot to like. My favorite is "Anything Can Happen", and "To All the Girls" and "Bubblegoose" aren't far behind. The multilingual songs are great too; "Jaspora"'s riff just drills straight into your brain. And that just scratches the surface. "Guantanamera", "Apocalypse","Gone Till November", "Gunpowder". Wow. If The Score was saturated with the hazy, lazy feel of weed, then The Carnival is like the execution of an idea Clef had while stoned. It's just so crazy, it managed to work. I can't promise that "if you buy The Carnival you won't be disappointed." You might be; it really is hard to follow at times. But because of its references to Bob Marley and the Bee Gees and Willie Nelson and things like that, it's a good rap album for non-fans of rap.Read more ›
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