Wyclef Jean may be in for a dramatic career change soon. According to CNN, the Haitian-born rapper/producer/singer/supporter of his homeland will be announcing his candidacy for the office of president of the island nation on Thursday night's (August 5) edition of "Larry King Live." The 37-year-old music industry veteran is certainly familiar with the plight of his birthplace, as he has been conducting outreach there for years. His involvement in his home nation's government and infrastructure certainly increased this year following a devastating earthquake that nearly leveled the capital city of Port-au-Prince and left over 1.5 million people homeless.
Jean would certainly bring the power of his celebrity and a clear vision to the job, and he has already shown he has excellent fund-raising and public speaking skills. If he wants the job, he certainly deserves the opportunity to try to improve his home nation.
If Jean succeeds, he could open the door for the crossover between the worlds of hip-hop and government. While plenty of actors and rockers have made their way from the stage to the world of parliamentary procedure, the big hip-hop crossover is still waiting in the wings. But Jean could open the floodgates for Drake to take his place as the Prime Minister of Canada, Dizzee Rascal to run for the House of Commons in England and Rihanna to try for a spot in Parliament in Barbados.
But the biggest one may happen at home. Though he hasn't necessarily expressed interest in the job, Jay-Z could easily position himself as a successor to Barack Obama and became our first Rapper-in-Chief. In fact, it would look a little like this.