Wyclef Addresses Issues On Upcoming Album

Wyclef Jean has set July 4 as the release date for his second solo LP, "The Ecleftic."

According to a representative of Jean's label, Columbia Records, the rapper has been working on the project for nearly two years and is addressing a lot of different issues in his new music.

A 12" single of a song called "Thug Angels" will hit stores on April 18, and the b-side will be a song called "Fugee This, Fugee That," which presumably addresses the countless questions people have posed to Wyclef regarding the future of The Fugees, the multi-platinum group that is comprised of himself, Lauryn Hill, and Pras.

A track titled "Diallo" speaks directly to the four NYPD officers responsible for the shooting death of 22-year-old West African immigrant Amadou Diallo in February 1998. "Diallo" features the vocal talents of West African singer Youssou N'Dour.

Wyclef and his studio cohort Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis produced the "Thug Angels" track while Salaam Remi, who

has worked extensively with the Fugees as a group, produced "Fugee This, Fugee That." 'Clef's brother Sedeck (of the brother/sister R&B duo Melky Sedeck) also did a song for the album. Guests on "The Ecleftic" include Mary J. Blige, Earth, Wind & Fire, and The Product G&B.

Wyclef is currently on a tour of U.S. colleges (see "Wyclef Jean Taps Kelis For Collegiate Tour"). Here are the remaining dates:

  • 4/13 - Providence, RI @ Brown University
  • 4/14 - Amherst, MA @ Amherst College
  • 4/15 - New Haven, CT @ Yale University
  • 4/17 - Durham, NH @ University of New Hampshire