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Masquerade (W/2 Bonus Tracks) Import

4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 18 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000658AW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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1. Message To The Streets
2. Peace God
3. PJ's
4. 80 Bars
5. Masquerade
6. 1\x96800\x96Henchman
7. You Say Keep It Gangsta
8. Party Like I Party
9. Oh What A Night
10. Hot 93.1
11. Pussycat
12. Midnight Lovers
13. Two Wrongs
14. Instant Request
15. Thug Like Me
16. Daddy
17. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
18. The Eulogy
19. No More War
20. The Mix Show
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Product Description

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

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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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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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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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The commingling of flavors (hip-hop, reggae, soul, R&B and pop) that were prevalent on The Carnival transformed Wyclef Jean into one of the music industries most sought after producers; and lead to subsequent work with Destiny's Child and luminaries such as Carlos Santana, and Whitney Houston. Clef's sophomore LP, Ecleftic, was a direct result of that cross-genre success, as the now superstar continued to flaunt his versatile nature, but in a more corporate setting; exemplified by his god-awful collaboration ("It Doesn't Matter") with former WWF and now Action hero The Rock, which bordered on the ridiculous.
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.
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