Compare Offers on Amazon
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
Masquerade (W/2 Bonus Tracks) Import
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
|1. Message To The Streets|
|2. Peace God|
|4. 80 Bars|
|7. You Say Keep It Gangsta|
|8. Party Like I Party|
|9. Oh What A Night|
|10. Hot 93.1|
|12. Midnight Lovers|
|13. Two Wrongs|
|14. Instant Request|
|15. Thug Like Me|
|17. Knockin' On Heaven's Door|
|18. The Eulogy|
|19. No More War|
|20. The Mix Show|
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Originally Release '02. Third solo album by the ex-member of The Fugees, 22 trax.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Since his brilliant debut, Wyclef has been fighting a losing battle to suppress the Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde personality that manifests thru his music; a trend that continues with Masquerade. Similar to Ecleftic, Masquerade is a tale of two soundtracks, as a repetitive slew of compromising, radio formulated material ("Two Wrongs" f/ City High vixen Claudette, "Pussycat" f/Tom Jones and "You Say Keep It Gangsta" f/Butch Cassidy & Sharissa) clash violently with moving acoustic efforts "Daddy" and "Knocking On Heaven's Door."
Though Clef's commercial/crossover whims are again a detriment and prevent any lasting continuity. The steam that Masquerade generates resides largely in acoustic efforts; simply when its just Clef and his guitar, hope springs eternal, exemplified by the tender ode to his departed father, "Daddy" ("I wish I was in the Sixth Sense/so I could see dead people") and the stop the violence pleas of "Knocking On Heavens Door", where Clef implements an urban twist to Bob Dylan's folk-classic by paying homage to some of hip-hop's fallen legends.
While Clef may have lost his edge on Ecleftic, he regains some of his lagging street-credibility on Masquerade.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on March 26 2004
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002 by Cancy Francois
This is a great album, my favorites(in order best to worst): Peace God, Two Wrongs, PJ's, Masquerade. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2002 by Yacine Boraie
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! Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Ryan
Masquerade has gotten a lot of bad reviews from "music experts" but if you are a Fugee and/or Wyclef fan you will dig this record. Read morePublished on July 11 2002 by Jaime Ventura
Wyclef Jean's album Masquerade is yet another example of his eclecticism. The album is packed with 22 songs that exemplify Clef's ingenuity in mixing sounds. Read morePublished on July 10 2002
Wyclef Jean's new album Masquerade is original and creative. Wyclef takes the basic recipe of hip hop and adds some new flavor. Read morePublished on July 10 2002
Wyclef Jean's third album Masquerade combines the best of both his worlds. He takes hip hop and adds his own native twist, kompa. Kompa is a music genre in Haiti. Read morePublished on July 10 2002