News: Wyclef Jean On Comeback Album, "It's Time For You All To Know Who I Am"

Monday, Nov 16, 2009 12:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The Fugees' former frontman Wyclef Jean has offered a few details surrounding his forthcoming self-titled album and said the comeback rap project will be one of his most personal releases to date.

To give fans a closer feel of his life, Clef said he would solely focus on placing himself on the first seven tracks.

"This is the first album in my whole entire career where the first seven songs are only going to be Wyclef," he revealed in an interview. "[It's] an insight into just me, because it's time for you all to know who I am. The album is Wyclef Jean the complete artist. When you come to the show, it's the man playing seven instruments, the man sings, the man rhymes, the man dances and the girls throw their things on stage. The guys go crazy, they pick up chairs and want to throw them in the air and that's all going to be on one album! The first seven records you're going to hear are very personal, like when you come to my show the first thing I do is I get my guitar and talk to you for like 30 minutes. We talk. We converse. Then after that I pick up the microphone and then the party starts." (All Hip Hop)

Getting fans amped for his return, Clef recently released his first-ever mixtape alongside Grand Hustle's DJ Drama.

Wyclef Jean returns to his hip-hop roots with the gritty release of DJ Drama Presents Wyclef Jean AKA Toussaint St Jean From The Hut To The Projects To The Mansion, a collaboration with DJ Drama to be released November 10, 2009 on Carnival House via Megaforce/RED. The EP also features Eve, Timbaland, Maino, Cyndi Lauper, Lil Kim among others. (Hip Hop Ruckus)

He recently credited incarcerated rapper T.I. for a portion of the mixtape's inspiriation.

"It's my first hip-hop mixtape ever," Clef revealed in an interview. "With it I created an alter ego, his name is Toussaint based off the revolutionary [Toussaint L'Ouverture]. The name came when I was working with T.I. like two or three years ago. I was like, 'Yo, I'm going to have an alter ego cause I feel like rhyming again. I'm going to call it Toussaint,' and T.I. was like, 'Nah, call it Toussaint St. Jean and throw some swagger on that thang.' The first tape I got coming out is called From The Hut To The Projects To The Mansion. It's a big deal because I stopped everything and just went back to rhyming like the past six months. I felt like it was important to pause and do this before moving on." (Hip Hop DX)

Aside from music, the rapper is also prepping a new tell-all book.

The solo star and former frontman for The Fugees is collaborating with Rolling Stone writer Anthony Bozza on a book -- currently untitled -- to be published by It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Financial terms weren't disclosed and a release date hasn't been set. The publisher announced in a statement that the book will cover Jean's life, from his childhood in rural Haiti to his musical career and philanthropic work. (Associated Press)

No further details have been released as of now.

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