[artist id=”1162″]Wyclef Jean[/artist] refuses to be boxed in. The rapper/producer may have gotten his start with hip-hop trio the Fugees in the mid-1990s, but he has since branched out, working with artists from multiple genres. From Carlos Santana to Shakira to Bono, ’Clef has spread his musical wings and crafted hits in various international markets, so fans can expect his next album to encompass a little bit of everything.
“My music is always like an iPod, like when you put on an iPod. It’s just you could never define me or put me in a box,” Wyclef told MTV News last week while he was in Orlando, Florida, performing at a Zumba fitness convention .
’Clef’s sound has mostly been centered on the dance floor. With the Fugees, he produced “Ready or Not” and “Fu-Gee-La”; with Shakira, he gave fans “Hips Don’t Lie”; and with Destiny’s Child, it was “No, No, No.” Wyclef’s 1997 solo debut, The Carnival, featured the Bee Gees-sampling “We Trying to Stay Alive,” and for his upcoming ninth solo album, the Preacher’s Son wants to continue to keep things upbeat. Wyclef’s new single “La Historia” was handpicked by Zumba fitness founder and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez. The Latin-inspired song is used in Zumba classes across the world and will set up his next release.
“The album is going to be called Feel Good Music and I’m just taking my time,” ’Clef revealed. “My albums, you have to listen to them from beginning to end. It’s going to be like a stage play, but it’s definitely gonna feel good.”
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