- Audio CD (June 18 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
- ASIN: B0000658AW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
|1. Message to the Streets|
|2. Peace God|
|3. PJ's (featuring Governor and Prolific)|
|4. 80 Bars|
|5. Masquerade (featuring M.O.P. Bumpy Knuckles and Miri)|
|7. You Say Keep It Gangsta (featuring Butch Cassidy and Sharissa)|
|8. Party Like I Party|
|9. Oh What a Night|
|10. Hot 93.1|
|11. Pussycat (featuring Tom Jones)|
|12. Midnight Lovers|
|13. Two Wrongs (featuring Claudette Ortiz)|
|14. Instant Request|
|15. Thug Like Me|
|17. Knockin' on Heaven's Door|
|18. The Eulogy|
|19. War No More|
|20. The Mix Show|
See all 22 tracks on this disc
I've always liked Wyclef's musicianship and that he's different from most "commercial hip hop" (for lack of a better term). But this is all Thugs and Projects ("PJs" are projects, for the uninitiated) and I'm not impressed. I appreciate the origins, but not the unoriginal terminology and style. It sounds far more "mainstream" then his other releases. That said, Thug like Me is musically one of the better tracks, and more Wyclef as we know him.
I don't know what went awry on this one, but it's missing the flow, the unique style and the overall feeling of the other albums. It's like all the ingredients are there, but it just doesn't work as well.
If you love Wyclef, you'll buy this because it is better then lots of other stuff, just not his best. Keep your expectations in check. If you're new, buy The Carnival, then Efclectic before this one. They're much more indicative of his tremendous abilities.
Clef's only contemporaries are The Coup, Mos Def, Lauren and KRS. Yeah. I said it. Meant it too! But I can't leave out Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Buju and Carlinhos Brown. Check for them.
I remember back before The Carnival was released I was talking with some neighbors and I told them that I felt Clef was "one of the most talented musicians to emerge..." They were quite skeptical, but here Clef is. Again, proving me correct.
I truly appreciate the street level lyrics with the world level music. Clef stands out as a Pan-African musical explorer. I can always count on him to check the pulse of the Caribbean, the States, London, Africa, South America and deliver some of it the the rest of us. He started this trend with The Fugees "The Score" and he's never faltered.
I don't always appreciate or enjoy his public persona, but it's his creative product that resonates One Million times. THIS is his lasting legacy.
One last thing: Clef, I just wanna thank you for the song "Daddy." I feel you.