Heard on the street: Wyclef Jean is back with new music — and a tour?
Wyclef Jean has released new music, and here's hoping a tour is soon to follow.
The 49-year-old Haitian-American hitmaker has spent the last three decades in the music industry, first as a member of 90s hip-hop trio The Fugees and later as a solo act. His latest album, Wyclef Goes Back To School, was released on 15 March 2019.
Wyclef Goes Back To School is a big signal that the Grammy-winning rapper (and 2010 Haitian presidential candidate — again, we don’t lie) might be back in school and also back on stage. This is Jean’s first album since 2017’s Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee and he launched his new collection with the lead single “Demons Enjoy” on 15 February.
Jean has been busy with projects other than new music over the last few years. He released his Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story memoir in 2012, is producing an upcoming animated film with Netflix and announced in April that he is backing a new marketing agency, Fueled by Culture. The singer also appeared on K-391’s 2018 single “Mystery”.
With two new singles of his own, a fresh album and all these project, when is Wyclef Jean going on a UK tour? Here’s everything we know so far…
Does Wyclef Jean have new music?
Wyclef Jean is back with a 2019, Wyclef Goes Back To School. This is his ninth studio album. The “Maria Maria” rapper followed up lead single “Demon Enjoy” with a video for a second release, “Baba" ft. Kofi Black.
In its review of Wyclef Goes Back To School, HipHopDX wrote about the music and message of “Baba”, saying: “Over Kofi Black’s Afro-inspired beat that’s layered with Middle Eastern vocals, Jean raps socially conscious lyrics: ‘When Nancy Reagan told the hood say no to drugs (no to drugs)/ Aye, her hubby Ronald Reagan was the plug (was the plug)/ Patience is a virtue but not for consignment (nah)/ You would think it’s Vietnam the way they dying (yeah).’ ‘Baba’ also easily has the catchiest, most digestible chorus from the album.”
Will there be a UK version of Wyclef Goes Back To School?
Speaking to British publication GRM DAILY, Jean said, ”I definitely look forward to doing a UK Volume of the album, which will be dope. Man, I love the UK. I’ve been coming here for so long.”
He continues, “I love Afro B, I think he’s dope. I love the whole grime movement, I know about the origin of garage and grime. If we were to do a volume of Wyclef Goes Back To School the UK edition; I would want to discover through the UK - finding kids that feel like they need a shot. Who’s the next Afro B? Who’s the next Giggs?”
When is Wyclef Jean’s Netflix animated film coming out?
Netflix will be producing a CG-animated musical film inspired by Jean’s childhood. The story will be informed by the artist’s upbringing in Haiti, subsequent emigration to Brooklyn at the age of 9 and his family settling in New Jersey, where he would later launch The Fugees with Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel.
“I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination,” said Jean, as quoted by Deadline. “Now to see that imagination turn into reality with Netflix and my producing partners makes me want to tell the kids from the slums around the world to never stop dreaming.”
Melissa Cobb, VP Kids and Family at Netflix, also tells Deadline: “When Wyclef first came to us with the rich story idea for an animated film about his personal journey and the evolution of his music from when he was a young boy in Haiti to finding his voice in New York City — we were hooked.”
Currently, the Wyclef Jean Netflix animated film has no title or release date, though more details are expected in 2019.
When will Wyclef Jean tour again?
The ‘Killing Me Softly’ is killing us by not releasing new details of an upcoming UK tour, though he very well could embark on one to support his new album. The former Fugees singer hasn’t appeared on a British stage since 2 December 2017 when he performed on X-Factor alongside Naughty Boy and series 14 winners Rak-su.
In 2018, he traveled across the United States and Mexico as a solo act headlining The Carnival Tour. Wyclef Jean has already scheduled some upcoming live shows for 2019 including a One Africa Music Fest appearance in New York on 10 August and a concert at Naas Racecourse on August 23 as part of the BARE in the Woods festival — his first performance in Ireland in 17 years.