Wyclef talks beef in a new interview
Wyclef Jean is dropping The Carnival III, the long-awaited follow-up to The Carnival II and the completion of a trilogy of albums each 10 years apart. The former Fugee talked to HipHopDX about what it’s like to put out a new album with a crew of producers who were children when the first album came out.
“We started The Carnival III, that’s all done,” he said. “It’s coming out September 15. Everybody that got The Carnival I, ‘Gone Til November;’ The Carnival II, ‘The Sweetest Girl.’ The Carnival III, what makes this special is the nation of producers. For example, the Young Thug record (‘Wyclef’), the producer is Super Mario. He probably was listening to The Carnival when he was seven. So he’s in the studio with Uncle Clef, put the two frequencies together and you get a record that’s called ‘Fela Kuti.’ Then you got another young crew called The Knox. They come in … ‘Uncle Clef we trying to create ‘Stayin’ Alive’ we wanna beat that.’ So we put the frequencies together and come up with a record called ‘What Happened To Love?’ This is 1997 meets 2017.”
The singer and one-time presidential candidate said that he’s updated this latest iteration of The Carnival for the YouTube generation.
“Everyone that’s a fan of The Carnival, y’all know I be doing the crazy voices in the skits. So with The Carnival III, the generation that my daughter is, [it] is a visual one, so we brought the characters out. In the first video, ‘What Happened To Love?’ I play the four characters. I play Wyclef. I play Carnival Clef. Carnival Clef, you know, he drive Uber. And then we have Boom Bap Clef. He got the fro, he’s about the cannabis and everything is one word. ‘Facts. True.’ And then we have Permy Clef. He’s the egomaniac, a pimp, the one with all the ladies, still dipped in Versace. We go through all different things, so I show all aspects of myself. Different things and different stages you go through.”
Looking back at the trilogy clearly has Wyclef in a nostalgic mood, but he’s not ready to re-hash his many beefs in the ‘90s. Jean discussed former spats with LL Cool J and Tupac, but believed it was all love here in 2017.
“Shout out to LL, you know LL is the best,” he said. “We all look up to LL. It was at Big Pun’s funeral. We came out, we shook hands. It was just love in the end because it was just a Hip Hop beef, it wasn’t a street beef. Battles are always taken seriously, so I think every man finds a way [to win]. Objectively, you try to find a ways to get to a form of peace and that battle ended in a form of peace.”
He also cleared the air about Tupac, who dissed The Fugees on a track that was released after the rapper’s death.
“If you look on my Instagram you’ll definitely see a picture of me and Pac,” he said. “We did a couple shows in Europe together. I got nothing but respect for Pac. He’s a real revolutionary. I’m a real revolutionary. I ran for President of my country. I feel like change is very important; not just to talk about it, to be about it. He did the same.”
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