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Masquerade (W/2 Bonus Tracks) [Import]

Wyclef Jean Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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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)
6. 1-800-Henchman
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
16. Daddy
17. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
18. The Eulogy
19. War No More
20. The Mix Show
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Wyclef Jean's third solo offering finds him still trying his darndest to prove to hip-hoppers and pop audiences alike just how eclectic he can be. And no one knows exactly why. After all, eclecticism does not necessarily translate to quality; Jean's disturbingly mediocre collaboration with Tom Jones on an updated version of "What's New, Pussycat?" is a prime example of how an intriguing idea can go awry. Likewise, his reinterpretations of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and the Four Seasons hit "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" demonstrate just how spiritless this truly gifted emcee/producer can sound. Sure, Masquerade boasts Wyclef's broad coverage of black music, flipping styles from reggae to R&B in a heartbeat. The R&B flavored "Two Wrongs," featuring Claudette Ortiz of City High, and the touching ode to his recently deceased father, "Daddy," sound grand. But in the end, Jean's attempt to masquerade as a hardcore rap artist on the "PJs"--a tired ode to low-income housing dwellers--reveals that he's been on cruise control since The Score. And it's a real shame. --Dalton Higgins

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Wyclef Jean ~ Masquerade

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wyclef March 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wyclef mixes unique voice with hip-hop and the Carribean, and the result is a tight album. I don't know what yall were thinkin if you gave him less than 3 stars. The last songs just make you want to get up and start shakin it. The one thing I find wrong with this album is that he keeps pretending the CD is a radio station. But, still 5 stars. Also, Wyclef has tha tightest cadillacs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most realest rappers alive! April 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been trynna search for a new artist with the style of old rap style, but none of them have it! The only really new artist with old rap style is Angie Martinez who's actually been rapping since 1996/1997. This album I respect for it hardly lacks anything of old rap style. I think Wyclef is one of the best rappers ever! Him and the rest of the Fugees, will always be one of the best in the Rap Industry besides all the other old styled rappers like 'Pac and B.I.G and Lil' Kim etc. This album has a title which I dedicate to all the new rappers who think they it. Their music is all a "MASQUERADE" it's a lie. Wyclef has really done it for himself this time! The rap songs (Peace God, PJ's, 80 Bars, Masquerade) are all hot songs with phat verses thrown by Wyclef and featured artists on the records. I was busy reading another review of this album and I found something true, Wyclef brought one of the best R&B Ballad songs we've heard in a decade, that song being "Two Wrongs" with Claudette Ortiz. A piece of work which I fancy has gotta be "You Say Keep It Gangsta" cuz it's hot and this is what artists like Nelly and 50 Cent are saying, but when beef come, they run! A song which really hit me was "Daddy" it's a Gangsta-Rap-Ballad which should touch people who've had this situation (like my best friend) and also peeps who know what feelings are. To end off with, get this album and bump all them [other] rappers off the rap rack ...! WYCLEF is da BOMB and so is MASQUERADE, GOD BLESS HIM!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wyclef is all about peace and love Nov. 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
I don't care what people say, but this album is great. I mean the man can do it all. From the lyrics to the sound of his guitar. At least I can see someone who is not just after my money, but also want to send a message out there. I mean Clef keep up the good work. The man does everything humanly possible to make this album. And he should receive the love he deserves. That's what I call music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but too many skits, a great buy though Sept. 28 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album, my favorites(in order best to worst): Peace God, Two Wrongs, PJ's, Masquerade. The song peace god makes up for all the lousy skits, in one all they say is "Hot 93.1" and their is about 3-6 skits. This is a great album if you dont like "pop-rap" or real hardcore hiphop. Wyclef Jean has rap, R&B, and reggae/ska in this album
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By Ryan
Format:Audio CD
Well...Being probley the biggest Wyclef Jean fan in the world i would have to say i am pretty pleased when i hear the album! Oh what a night is a great song that i believe is the best cover he has done in awhile. Aswell he sings a song called "Daddy" which is deicated to his father who past away. Of course when i heard this i couldn't turn it off! An amazing song that can touch the heart of many! Wyclef seems to pump hit after hit in this album and if you are thinking about buying this i would certainly do it! best money you will ever spend! ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wyclef can do better... Aug. 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was excited about this new release, having really loved the last 2 Wyclef solo efforts. While I really appreciate Wyclef's ecletic style, acoustic guitar and cultural influences - this release was a disappointment.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wyclef Is A Creative Genius! July 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
Who else has succeeded in bringing Hatian styles to out attention? Who else has actively challenged Hip Hop musical sensibility? Who else has dropped such innovative albums?
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.
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