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  • Audio CD (Aug. 22 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00004VW9P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Columbia Records
2. Where The Fugees At?
3. Kenny Rogers Dub Plate
4. Thug Angels
5. It Doesn't Matter - (featuring The Rock/Melky Sedeck)
6. 911
7. Pullin' Me In
8. Da Cypha
9. Runaway
10. Red Light Disctrict
11. Perfect Gentleman
12. Low Income
13. Whitney Houston Dub Plate
14. However You Want It
15. Hollywood To Hollywood
16. Diallo
17. Something About Mary
18. Bus Search
19. Wish You Were Here

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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

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In an age of tightly formatted radio and niche marketing, it is rare to find an artist who crosses all boundaries, and shatters all preconceptions and simply makes music. There's hardly a musical genre that doesn't get thrown into the mix, and there's hardly a song on this album that isn't bangin'. Wyclef is a product of hip-hop, and as such, this record an amazing statement about the power of the music and the culture and how far it was come. Kenny Rogers puttin' it down over a slightly rocked out reworking of the "Simon Says" beat? But it works. Amazingly enough, the best tracks on here are the ones that take the greatest chances, straying furthest away from traditional hip hop. "911" with Mary J. Blige is essentially a pop/rock ballad, that Clef sings like a Calypso folk song. To round out the mix, Mary throws down with a straight soul workout. Clef makes an incredible nod to 70s funk/soul on "Runaway" with Earth Wind and Fire adding just a little more authenticity (not to mention what still might be the tightest horn section in the buisiness). "Diallo" is equal parts blues, folk and calypso and showcases Clef's growth as a songwriter. There's even a remake of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" which Wyclef manages to put his stamp on while maintaining the tone of the original. The cut that took me the longest to appreciate is "Perfect Gentleman". Classical stings backed by an eccelerated techno beat, and lyrics about a stripper? At first it's easy to write the song off as a musical joke of sorts, but after a few listens it starts to sink in. It is a real song, carefully constructed musically, and with lyrical heart. This album is a must for any true music fan.
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Wyclef Jean is a revolution in Hip Hop music. In 1997, The Carnival was enjoyed by critics and many music fans. Wyclef was able to satisfy fans of rap, hip hop, R&B, reggae, rock and more. He was successfully able to combine fantastic music with meaningful lyrics and satisfy everyone. Guess what folks? He's back. This is probably my most anticipated album all year. I picked it up the second the stores opened today and was 150% satisfied. I bought the CD at Best Buy and received a 3-song sampler along with Ecleftic. What a deal. Wyclef once again satisfies all genres of music. In the pop-covered It Doesn't Matter, 'Clef mixes hip hop and pop with WWF superstar, The Rock. If that's not your type of music, check out Perfect Gentleman. The club flavored song with an electronic symphony in the background makes a hit for any dancefloor anytime. If you like rock influenced rock, listen to Something About Mary or the Pink Floyd cover of Wish You Were Here. Diallo is quite possibly Wyclef's best song he's ever released. Dedicated to the race-related murder victim by New York Police Officers, it brings soul, heart and pain to Wyclef's voice. 911 with Mary J. Blige is also a treat on this disc. I really believe that Wyclef Jean is the king of Hip Hop, and with or without the Fugees, he will continue to shine. Guaranteed.
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I was very excited for this cd to come. I think part of my rating was due to high expectations. Straight off I want to say that this was a straight dead-lock between 3 stars and four stars. The last track pushed me to four. The first track is a funny intro, just like all rap albums usually have. The second track, Where Fugees At? - that was pretty good, I liked that one. Track 3 - this track was a very interesting combination of Kenny Rogers and Pharoahe Monch. It had a country hook, but it was an overall good song. Track 4 - Thug Angels was decent. Not one of my favorites, but decent. Track 5 - It Doesn't matter combines Wyclef with the Rock. It is a funny track, with a good beat and good hook. Track 6 - 911 - An amazing duet between Mary J Blige and Wyclef. This was on of my favorites. Track 7 - Pullin' me In - Talks about the Ghetto pulling him back in. I really liked this track. I liked the message Wyclef conveyed. Track 8 - Da Cypha - All I'll say is it was a good track Track 9 - Runaway was a great track featuring Earth Wind and Fire, and Project G&B. Track 10 - Ok skit. Track 11 - Perfect Gentleman was my favorite track on the whole cd! It was amazing. It features a rapper I hope will go large, Hope, and has great beats, and Wyclef jazzes this track with his singing/rapping style Track 12 - Low Income - Great verses, terrible chorus. Track 13 - Whitney Houston sings, Wyclef does something at the end of the track. Its ok. Track 14 - However you want it - ok. Track 15 - Hollyhood to Hollywood - Don't let the name fool you, this track bites. Track 16 - Diallo - I personally didn't like it, but it might be liked by others. Track 17 - Something about Mary - My second favorite on the album. Good lyrics, good beats. Track 18 - Bad skit Track 19 - Basically instrumental.Read more ›
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This album is certainly an acquired taste - that probably explains why there are some 5 star reviews and some 1 star reviews and not much in between. In my opinion, however, it is a taste well worth acquiring.
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.
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