News: Wyclef Reveals Tell-All Book Details, "There's No Way That I Can't Mention The Fugees"

Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 11:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Wyclef Jean has revealed a few details surrounding his upcoming untitled tell-all memoir and promised to discuss his time with The Fugees' Lauryn Hill and Pras.

According to Clef, the project's release will make a statement for all Haitians.

"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)

Jean also confirmed the reports of his upcoming book project.

"I am so happy to share my journey which took me from the hut to the projects to the mansion," said Wyclef Jean in a statement. "I am just getting started and feel so excited about It Books publishing the early stories from my life." (Reuters)

Artists like Q-Tip have also decided to ink tell-all books speaking on their former rap groups.

Q-Tip has signed on the dotted line with Ballantine Books for an unexpected memoir. Titled Industry Rules, Q-Tip is expected to carefully construct his life story that includes growing up in Queens, his rise and fall with A Tribe Called Quest and subsequent solo success thereafter. The book, also in cooperation Random House Publishing Group, which owns Ballatine Books, was sold recently and according to a release is "a creatively constructed telling of his life story". (Examiner)

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