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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: #76,783 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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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 from non-hip-hop heads. Eleftic demonstraits why this is so beautifully. Wyclef comes with a strong album sporting an array of music that is as diverse as it is well crafted. Inspirations from classic rock, regae, soul, R&B, Dance and many other sources are noticable all over the album while successfully maintaing a very hip hop feel throughout the entire thing. This genre balancing act can be tricky but Wyclef does this wonderfully, and possibly even better than on his last solo album. The lyrics and rhymes range from not bad, to pretty good, and the singing is good as well. But the real star here is the music. The beats are diverse and enjoyable and will satisfy almost anyone. Songs like "wish you were here", "Run away", "911", "Doesnt matter", and "pulling me in" all sport styles that are different and have unique flavors to them and "Diallo Diallo" showcases wyclef's social conscious edge to his work.
All things considered some hip hop heads will argue that there isn't enough rap, or that it doesn't suit thier tastes. But Ecleftic can hold a rare title of being "hip hop for people who dont really like hip hop". And for me, and many other hip hop fans, elecftic will represent something different and a little innovative with great production work. Beats catchy enough to make you bob your head and enough soul to make you want to sing along, and plenty of culture - Wyclef proves once again on Ecleftic that hip hop is an artform that can be effectively used as glue to hold together many elements of several different musical genres at the same time, and bring it all together in a melody that's different pieces oddly compliment one another beautifully.
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By A Customer on July 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
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. "Where Fugees At?" is a good beat, but why's he askin? Supposedly it's his fault that they split up, according to Pras(though he's not a very reliable source). Clef also makes the mistake of trying to take on Canibus, his former protege(Canibus blamed Wyclef for the failure of his debut, and dissed him on "2000 B.C."). Clef is obviously no match for Canibus and if 'Bis retaliated on him, Clef would be finished. Besides those mistakes, and the horrible "Dirty South", Clef seems to have grown a little. On "Perfect Gentlemen", Clef defends strippers and tells the story of a romance between him and a stripper(likely false). The album misses that Fugees vibe that was still there on The Carnival. The less know guest appearences are boring, but the big names are funny and acceptable. Kenny Rogers, of all people, sings on "Kenny Rogers Dub Plate", where Wyclef and other rappers rhyme over a beat as Kenny sings the hook. This song is surprisingly likeable as is "It Doesn't Matter" which has another surprising guest, wrestler The Rock. On "911", Clef teams up with Mary J. Blige to showcase his actually not bad singing voice. Besides the awful Whitney Houston team up on her dub plate, Clef seems to have it down. Songs like "Hollyhood to Hollywood" and "Diallo" showcase his amazing creativity once again, the latter which is based on the case of the police shooting a man named Diallo 41 times for nothing. One of my favorite songs is "Wish You Were Here", which sounds alot like "Gone Til November", because of Clef's flow from singing to rapping. Basically, get Clef's other albums first(The Carnival, Preacher's Son, the fugees Score, and Pras' Ghetto Supastar).
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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 coming out. No disrespect intended, but when I read one reviewer mention that they heard "The Carnival" was good, but this is the only Wyclef album they own, and this is better, I actually chuckled out loud. "The Carnival" was almost a masterpiece. I wouldn't argue that it IS. This album has nice production, and as usual, some cool, melodic styles from Wyclef. He's great for displaying versatility. However, if somebody asked me which Wyclef album to buy, this IS NOT THE ONE. "The Carnival" destroys this album! One thing that annoyed me immensely is, although there's not much profanity on this album, anywhere there IS some, it's edited out. I figured I had an edited version, but upon researching the matter, I learned this is the ONLY VERSION of this album available. That's simply pitiful. Edit your own album, and then only release THAT version? Most foolish thing ever. An Incredibly Mediocre Album.
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By A Customer on June 13 2002
Format: Audio CD
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, r&b, reggae and rock
this is what i think of the songs:
1. columbia records-a funny skit
2. where fugees at?-really good song about his former group, the fugees 5/5
3. kenny rogers - pharoahe monch dub plate-a strange mix of kenny rogers, clef and pharoahe. 4/5
4. thug angels (feat. small world)-a great song i think it was the 1st or 2nd single off the album 5/5
5. it doesn't matter (feat. the rock, melky sedeck)-not a bad song. a bit annoying though. very overrated 3.5/5
6. 911 (feat. mary j. blige)-a great song showing off the vocal abilities of queen mary j. 5/5
7. pullin' me in-probably one of the best songs on the album. cool beat 5/5
8. da cypha (feat. supreme c, mary antoinette, hope)-another amazing song. the guest artists are really good in this one. 5/5
9. runaway (feat. earth, wind & fire, the product g&b)-amazing song with the disco kings earth, wind & fire 5/5
10. red light district-ok skit
11. perfect gentleman (feat. hope)-a pretty good song. 4.5/5
12. low income (feat. beast, 718-crew)-not a bad song. good lyrics 4/5
13. whitney houston dub plate-another dub plate, this time w/ whitney. not bad 4/5
14. howver you want it-really good song. great flow 5/5
15. hollyhood to hollywood (feat. small world)-amazing song. great lyrics and rhymes. probably the best song on the album, tied w/ #16. 5/5
16. diallo (feat. youssou n'dour, mb2)-by far the greatest clef song ever. this is my most favorite song on the album. it has amazing lyrics. i like the part at the end when youssou n'dour and mb2 come in. 6/5
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