News: Wyclef Jean Wants Fugees Reunion, "I'm Hoping They'll Get Inspired"
Thursday, Nov 26, 2009 10:30AM
Wyclef Jean recently talked about what it would take to get his past associates Lauryn Hill and Pras back together for a Fugees reunion and his anticipation to put together new records.
In addition to the reunion talk, Jean also said he hoped his latest music would inspire the remaining two members.
"Yeah. And it's actually a good question, because people within hip-hop don't really care about groups like that, you know what I mean?," Jean said in an interview with DJ Booth. "Once you're done in hip-hop, you're done. But somehow the Fugees is the soundtrack to everyone's house. What I'm hoping is that this group really gets inspired by the new movement that I'm on right now, with the whole Warriors movement, the new music that I've got comin' out, the movement with the youth, and I'm hoping they'll get inspired and be like, 'Yo, let's find Clef and let's get this thing crackin'.' And it would be an honor to go in and make it a super album." (DJ Booth)
He recently revealed plans to drop a new memoir which will touch on his time with the Fugees.
"Coming from where I came from and being one of the only Haitian entertainers to make it where I've made it to, I think when people read the memoir they will better learn the story," Clef explained in an interview. "And you know it's going to be several books. I just felt like it was time to do the first one. Wyclef Jean's name is more famous than Wyclef, so I was like yeah I gotta go ahead and lay out the first story. In the first book, there's no way that I can't mention The Fugees because that was done inside of the basement in my uncle's house and that plays a crucial part of the Wyclef Jean story, period." (Hip Hop DX)
Reports of the new memoir landed online around mid-October 2009.
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 Monday that the book will cover Jean's life, from his childhood in rural Haiti to his musical career and philanthropic work. (Associated Press)
Clef recently talked about his new EP, From The Hut to the Projects alongside DJ Drama.
"When you get to a certain point in your career, people forget where you came from," Jean says of the EP's concept. "So now, [it's] going to show everyone my skills and how I got started in hip-hop. Just in case you thought Clef was dead and he don't spit: Here's the reinvention....[it's about] whatever you want to do, you can accomplish. If I came from nothing and became something, if I was chosen for greatness, then so can you." (Billboard)
Check out a recent Wyclef Jean interview below: