DOVER, Del, Oct 2, (Agencies): Wyclef Jean had a song named in his honor and worked with producers on his new album who were just kids when he released his debut solo album, “The Carnival”.
At 47, tributes from today’s hip-hop stars and a surge of young producers had Jean deciding to call it a day on “The Carnival” saga. “Carnival III: The Rise and Fall of a Refugee”, is the last one under that banner.
“This is the trilogy. This is it”, Jean said.
Jean’s first full-length album in eight years was released Sept 12 by Legacy Recording, and coincides with the 20-year anniversary celebration of the Grammy winning “Carnival”. Jean would collaborate with Santana, cover Bob Marley and snagged a cameo from Bob Dylan over the years, a thrill for him to work with and honor some of his musical heroes. These days, hip-hop stars pay homage simply by naming a song after The Fugees co-founder.
“When I first heard the record (I heard) new music, Wyclef Jean. I was like, this is not my song”, Jean said, laughing. “It was like, no the song’s named after you”.
Young Thug indeed named a song “Wyclef Jean” that included the line, “Okay, my money way longer than a NASCAR race”.
Jean, a three-time Grammy winner, wore a NASCAR jacket Sunday inside a motorhome for an interview with The Associated Press at Dover International Speedway. Jean, a NASCAR fan who is friends with former driver Brian Vickers, gave the command for drivers to start their engines.
It was a short drive to the Delaware track for Jean. He still lives in New Jersey, where his family moved from Haiti when he was just a young child.
“I feel like the Haitian Bruce Springsteen”, Jean said.
In an interview with the AP, Jean, talked his future, The Fugees, protests and “Carnival III”, shortly before he bellowed to the crowd it was time to start the NASCAR race.
AP: What does the new album mean to you?
Jean: “The best way to explain this album is, it seems like a tastemakers album right now. The buzz of it is building internally and in the underground. That’s a beautiful thing. It’s been like nine years, I think, since the last one. I think the theme of the entire album is, I call it global gumbo. The playlist is a playlist of unity and of culture. We could go from hip hop to gospel to salsa. I guess it’s the thing that reminds us of unification through music. That’s how I know that an album will be called Carnival and this will be the final chapter”.
AP: The last one? Is there more music ahead?
Jean: “There was an album done before Carnival which is still not finished. That album was the winter of Stockholm when I got back from Haiti. Me and Avicii got together and the energy was so strong that we ended up doing 20, 25 songs. It’s not finished yet. We were just talking about it on the phone the other day before he went to Burning Man. He was like, ‘Yo, it would be a shame for the world not to hear this’. I was like, ‘Yo, they’re going to hear it. We’ve got to figure it out’. As we move to the future, there are like two albums past this Carnival”.
AP: What does mean to be held in such reverence by today’s generation of hip-hop stars?
Jean: “This album celebrates the younger producers like Supah Mario, the Knocks, the Wavy Gang. It’s sort of the generation movement of this album. When I worked with Santana, you could feel that Wyclef/Fugee generation and the Santana generation merging into one things”.
AP: You worked with your musical heroes. What does it mean after 25 years to be in demand by the new generation?
Jean: “The kids are making records about you. Even “Wild Thoughts” is “Maria, Maria” sampled. So when (DJ) Khaled and them called and was like, yo, you’ve got to clear the sample for me. A lot of people don’t like it. Santana don’t clear samples. But I’m from a different generation. The idea of digging into the crates and discovery was very important. I’m always like, when I sampled the Bee Gees, my whole thing was, don’t forget if you take a piece of someone’s material, they’re going to listen it. When I create something in my brain, it’s my creation. So who the hell is going to make it better? That’s always in my brain. That’s why a lot of times it’s hard to clear it. But “Wild Thoughts” is amazing. Khaled’s amazing, Rihanna’s amazing. We called Santana and it was a 1-2-3”.
AP: Do you think you’re going to run for president of Haiti again?
Jean: “We ran for the urgency. I felt like the government was absent. We don’t feel like government is absent right now. As the country moves forward, as a social entrepreneur, I’m hoping in the future there’s some form of a school we can build. As a social entrepreneur, my true position with Haiti is to work with the private sector and help to bring jobs”.
LOS ANGELES: Things got a little reckless at the Invictus Games in Toronto when Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams got together for an onstage jam Saturday night (Sept 30).
Springsteen — who performed his own set as part of the games closing ceremonies — joined Adams and his band for a performance of the 1983 hit, “Cuts Like a Knife”. It was the first time the two rockers appeared on stage together. The show, which took place at the Air Canada Centre, also featured Kelly Clarkson, Bachman and Turner and Coeur de Pirate.
Springsteen’s own set — possibly a preview of his upcoming run of solo concerts on Broadway, which begins Tuesday — included acoustic versions of “Working on the Highway” and “Dancing in the Dark” from his 1984 album, “Born in the USA”, and “The Promised Land” from his fourth LP, 1978’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town”.
LOS ANGELES: Marilyn Manson has postponed nine dates of his “Heaven Upside Down” tour after he was injured onstage in New York Saturday when a prop fell on him. A rep said he will be recuperating at home in Los Angeles but declined to specify the extent of the singer’s injuries.
The postponed dates include Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Houston. The tour will pick up in Grand Prairie, Texas on Oct 15.
The accident occurred about 45 minutes into the band’s set at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, during their cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”.
At the center of the stage was a podium, framed by two giant fake pistols, which Manson began to climb. The podium wobbled dramatically, Manson fell backward and then the prop fell upon him — the band kept playing for several moments until they noticed the singer was not getting up.
Both the house and stage lights remained down for several minutes; roadies placed a dropcloth over the podium. Eventually the house lights came up and an announcer said that “due to injury”, the show was over.
The band’s “Heaven Upside Down” tour launched just two days ago in Maryland and is scheduled to continue through the end of October, although it was unclear at press time whether the cancelled dates will be rescheduled; it was unclear at presstime whether any dates will be postponed due to the injury. The album of the same name is slated for release next week.