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Special French Edition Includes a Bonus Track Sung in French with Rap Duo Jacky and Ben J. 'ca Ne Me Fait Rien', a Cover of 'it Doesn't Matter', Currently a Huge Hit in France.
Welcome to hip-hop originality. On Wyclef Jean's The Ecleftic, his beats-beyond-borders ideology, seen on the Fugees' The Score and his own Carnival, shines bright. Rap's Renaissance man, he's pushing hip-hop forward with his musical vision. Firmly rooted in an inclusive old-school aesthetic (recalling Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa) he's got Kenny Rogers and Pharoahe Monch sharing space on a dub plate. Youssou N'Dour guests on the indignant, powerful "Diallo." And Mary J. Blige joins Wyclef for the mournfully beautiful duet "911." Though there are many musical flavors on The Ecleftic, Jean's deft musical arrangements prevent them from descending into tokenism. But at the end of the day, there's no doubt that this is hip-hop, with taut tracks like "Thug Angels," "However You Want It," and "Pulling Me In" showing that Wyclef's holding it down for the heads, some of whom felt that his Carnival was a little too poppy. The Ecleftic contains enough anger and righteous indignation to be real hip-hop, and enough humor and musical magic to be fun. --Lizz Mendez Berry
Top Customer Reviews
Wyclef is a musical visionary. Somehow he's been able to get Kenny Rogers to blend his singing with Monch's rapping - and it even works! If you think that's the end of it, you're wrong. Clef brings Earth Wind and Fire back into the act along with his proteges in G & B and turns that track into gold. What's more, he even gets The Rock to contribute "vocals" to another surprise hit and then records a reggae track with Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour. The entire beauty of this CD doesn't reveal itself for a while, some tracks require several listens before you understand them but eventually the listener will realise that this is great music.
In fact, the point of this album is that it wasn't written for the legions of hip-hop fans who fall for Nelly and co. This is a perfect album for those who actually want the lyrics to mean things and for the artist to be hyperactively creative.
Is this even a hip-hop album? Certainly some of the tracks are hip-hop jams (the first dub plate for example) but Wyclef has cross-referenced almost any genre you'd care to name. There are elements of Marley-style reggae, folk, soul, ska and many other genres - making this album a great way to convert fans of those genres to hip-hop.
Wyclef's rapping may not be the most incredibly talented around but he has talent in many other genres. Be it singing, playing guitar or any other instrument, Wyclef seems to have mastered the art.
Best tracks? How about "all of the album". There's no way to compare across this album - they're all pinnacles of something.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Wyclef and the Refugee Camp hold a cross-genre fan base, being one of the influences of the hip hop world that can truly be said to have very high level of acceptance and support... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Logical Paradox
I like The Carnival and Preacher's Son better, but this is listenable. As far as musically, Wyclef's improved, but he is kinda immature on this album. Read morePublished on July 11 2004
This album is great. He's got two diss tracks, "Where Fugees At"(Pras, Lauryn diss) and "However You Want It"(Canibus diss). Read morePublished on June 23 2004
this cd gives you very mixed feling's, on one hand it is very good, i mean just listen to "diallo" "911" or "runaway" which all are ver.. Read morePublished on May 24 2004
This album inclded some of my favorite song of 2001. "Perfect Gentleman" was a perfect catchy song to dance too, very meliodic and strong. Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by Josephll
Wycleff Jean brings something to hip hops table that nobody else does an eclectic flavor that no-one can rival. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2002 by Griffin Coldiron
Wyclef always brings uniqueness to the music. When you listen to a Wyclef album, you know it's going to be somewhat different than the vast majority of other rap-oriented albums... Read morePublished on July 22 2002 by M. Melton
this is the only wyclef album i own. i heard that the carnival is really good, but this is better. the ecleftic is a mixture of many different types of music, such as rap/hip-hop,... Read morePublished on June 13 2002
In this world of rappers that glorify evil, Wyclef is a shining light. Sure, he ain't a goodie-goodie, but he keeps the theme of this album on life and the horrors of the world we... Read morePublished on May 1 2002 by Donovan Juan