Jean, who said he got the inspiration for his
much-anticipated second solo album while he was in the
shower, will release Ecleftic Two Sides of a
Book, on July 4.
The follow-up to Carnival promises to be a mix of
genres. "It has a strong hip-hop feel, infused with ska, pop
and even country," said Miguel Baguer, a spokesperson for
Ecleftic is filled with guest appearances by such stars
as Mary J.
Wind & Fire and even "a surprise showing by
[country-pop singer] Kenny
Rogers," Baguer said.
Two-years coming, Ecleftic was self-produced by
Wyclef with help from a few studio collaborators
most notably, Jerry "Wonder"
COLOR="#003163">Salaam Remi, who
executed a number of hits for the
COLOR="#003163">Fugees, with whom
Wyclef started his career.
According to Columbia records, Ecleftic takes on
more serious subject matter than its predecessor. "Diallo"
speaks directly to the four New York police officers who
were acquitted of murder charges earlier this year in the
death of 22-year-old West African Amadou Diallo. Another
track exposes the seedy dealings of Hollywood’s dark
Wyclef's pledge to be vocal about injustice recently moved
him to cancel a March 24 tour date with hip-hop phenom
Charleston, S.C., in protest of the Confederate flag, which
still flies over the state's capitol.
Carnival, Jean's first solo album, sold more than 1.7
million copies, fueled by catchy acoustic guitar-driven
singles such as "Guantanamera" (
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