Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean


10/17/1972, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Birth Name

Nelust Wyclef Jean



Also Known As

Wyclef, Wycleaf Jean, Clef, Wyclef Jean, Jean Jeanel Wycleff
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Wyclef Jean is a popular politically active musician and producer who rose to fame as a member of the Fugees. He was born October 17, 1969. A popular misconception was that he was born in 1972. Wyclef was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, a town in Haiti. His family would…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Wyclef Jean is Haiti's roving ambassador.

    • Wyclef considers Bob Dylan and John Lennon to be two of his musical influences, despite the fact neither of them don't have much to do with rap.

    • Wyclef dated ex-Fugees bandmate, Lauryn Hill.

    • Wyclef's wife, Marie Claudinette Pierre Jean, is an Haitian-American fashion designer. She runs her own label, Fusha Designs, and Wyclef himself wears her designs all the time.

    • in 2000, Wyclef has founded his own record company, entitled Yclef.

    • Jean's father, an Haitian minister, died in 2001 in a home accident. Wyclef has contributed the song Daddy (album Masquerade) for him.

    • Wyclef is especially known for his duet with May J-Blige, 911, a song that was a hit all around the world and was even nominated for a Grammy Award.

    • Jean joined a rap group back in 1987, with his cousin Prakazrel Michel (Pras), and Michel's classmate Lauryn Hill. First, they were the Tranzlator Crew, and then the Fugees (refugess, Haiti slang).

    • Wyclef is known for collaborating with artists all around the world: Shakira (Colombia), Sarah Connor (Germany), Tarkan (Turkey), and Jin (Chinese-American rapper).

    • Wyclef was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his song Million Voices (movie Hotel Rwanda soundtrack).

    • Wyclef's 5th album, Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haïti (Creole 101), was mostly recorded in his origin language, Haïtian Kréyòl, as a return to his roots.

    • Wyclef has also took part in the Fashion Relief, the contribution performance after the Hurricane Katrina, in Sep 16, 2005.

    • Wyclef is 5' 10.5" (1.79 m).

    • Wyclef has created the Yéle Haïti, an help orgazation for his origin country, currently one of the poorest countries in the world.

    • Wyclef has also joined forces with the female voice behind the band City High - Claudette Ortiz, in the song Two Wrongs.

    • Wyclef is co-operating with Latin singer Shakira on the hit Hips Don't Lie, which is a great success on charts.

    • He appeared on Season 5 of The Apprentice in 2005. He did a rap, "Rubbleman", with the winning team, Excel, as their reward for winning task five.

    • Wyclef, Pras, and Lauryn Hill reunited as The Fugees for an event that was filmed and released as "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" (2006).

    • Wyclef has married Marie Claudinette Jean in 1994. Their daughter is Angelina Claudinelle, and they have also adopted a girl in March 2005.

  • Quotes

    • Wyclef: Definitely when I got on the plane to go back to Haiti, it was an emotional thing for me. It definitely touched my heart when I landed. I cried.

    • Wyclef Jean: I wanna show that with this whole thug phenomenon, there's something deeper than that. I wanna talk to the hoodlums... because those same kids come to my shows and hear what I have to say, as well.

    • Wyclef Jean: No matter what I'm doing, I am a hip-hop artist. Those are and still stay my roots and my inspiration.

    • Wyclef Jean: When my dad passed two years ago, that shifted my whole way of thinking. Right away I wanted to do my music differently. I want to do things that will change people who hear it three hundred years from now, like scriptures.

    • Wyclef: I'm cheap, and I'm proud of it!

    • Wyclef: I'm 27 years old. I'm going to go into Hollywood really arrogant. I'll be breaking a lot of rules. It's going to be hot.

    • Wyclef (about working at a burger place): I would be writing so many songs in my head while I'm making 30 Whoppers and six fries. That's why it never got me down or whatever. Of course, I got fired because the place got stuck up.

    • Wyclef: I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band. No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.

    • Wyclef (about Lauryn Hill): I think Lauryn's music is just a reflection of how she feels in her mind, a state of mind of whatever she's in. And me knowing her since she was like 14, I could see.

    • Wyclef: I think it's cool to do stuff in a different language. Basically, I learned English through listening to rap. A lot of people think it's funny. But it's true; I used to try to get the accents.

    • Wyclef: I specialize in lyrics and melodies. I'm good with themes.

    • Wyclef: I grew up in a Caribbean family household, so the parents are always right. My father smacked me up 'til I was 20. It was a strict household.

    • Wyclef: I feel that life is short, so we should be disciplined, but at the same time we should have a good time.

    • Wyclef: I didn't grow up to call a woman a ho. That's just how I was brought up. I won't call a girl a bitch, unless she wants me to call her a bitch.

    • Wyclef: I definitely want to participate in more Spring Ting's. It's incredible because you get Reggae, Compas, everything on one stage. I think that's what makes it hot.

    • Wyclef: I always have a producer to the side of me, and I never want to do a record by myself.

    • Wyclef: For everybody who lost somebody out there and stuff, when you need therapy, music is the best way.

    • Wyclef: Bob Marley stood for universal peace and love. He tried to break racial barriers.

    • Wyclef: All that violence in the world, we need to stop that.

    • Wyclef: A lot of people are afraid to fly.

    • Wyclef: A lot of my music is very reggae- driven. Half of my life Bob Marley was all I listened to.