Wyclef Jean Confronts America's Past in BABA Video, Plus Album Out 3/15
Wyclef Jean has released the video for his song "Baba" featuring Kofi Black via Complex today. The track appears on his new album, Wyclef Goes Back To School, out March 15, 2019 via Heads Music. Watch and share the video here.
"In order to make the future better for the next generation, we must always tell the children the truth," Wyclef tells Complex. "It is difficult to think about and to forgive what has happened in the past, but we do have to live in the present. And, that means dealing with reality of the past and the present in hopes of building a better future."
During the promotion of his latest album, "Carnival III," Wyclef visited various colleges such as Howard, Temple, UCLA, USC, NYU, UMass Lowell, and more. Each of his visits were wildly successful. Not only did Wyclef give a masterclass at each school, he quickly connected with students and made an impact on them. In turn, those students also made an impact on him. He describes the experience as "going back to school" as he learned as much from the students as they learned from him. The content captured on this journey has not only impacted the lives of the students Wyclef chose to mentor, it has also inspired viewers to follow their dreams in a positive and healthy way. Because of this positive impact, Wyclef has been recording the "Wyclef Goes Back to School" Album. The album will contain all original songs produced by Wyclef, but will feature students from each of the schools visited either as musicians, side artists, etc. Through this project, Wyclef is striving to create a platform for undiscovered musicians and artists with raw talent who may not have millions of views on YouTube or followers on Social Media. For him, it is ALL about the talent.
The music that Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced - both as a solo superstar and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees - has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades. In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album The Score. As a solo artist, Wyclef has released seven albums that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including his 1997 debut The Carnival and 2000's aptly titled The Eclectic: 2 Sides II a Book. Jean's latest studio album, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee, his first in eight years, was released on Sept. 15, 2017. The album was named one of the "25 Most Anticipated Albums" of the fall by Billboard Magazine that year. In November 2017, Wyclef also released a mixtape, entitled, "Inspired By..." that paid tribute to the music that inspired him that year. The project received high acclaim from critics and fans alike. In December on 2017, Wyclef wrote and performed a song, "Dimelo," along with X-Factor winners, Rak-Su. The song rose to the top of the charts in less than a week in the UK.