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Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant

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2007 release, the sixth studio album from The Fugees' Wyclef Jean. The first single will be "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" which features Akon, Niia Bertino and Lil' Wayne. Other guests include Selena, Mary J. Blige, Paul Simon, Chamillionaire, Shakira, T.I., T-Pain, and Serj Tankian of System Of A Down.

Haitian born, Wyclef Jean, is a world renowned artist, songwriter, producer, Good Will Ambassador and activist through his Yelé Haiti foundation. He began his career as a member of the The Fugees. Their classic release, The Score, sold over 18 million copies worldwide and certified the trio as international superstars. Jean then began his solo career with 1997's platinum plus album The Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars. Wyclef went on to work with diverse artists including Santana, Destiny's Child, and Mick Jagger. Recently, he produced "Hips Don't Lie", a Grammy®-nominated duet with Shakira. The track broke the record for the most amount of airplay in the history of Billboard magazine’s airplay tracking. The Grammy® Award winner returns to Columbia Records to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of his first solo album with The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant, which is slated for release on December 4, 2007.

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  • Audio CD (December 4, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000V9KDMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Wyclef Jean's sixth solo album "Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" (2007) is a short enjoyable release. The Haitian MC and Producer delivers an outstanding album which will be enjoyed by an international audience. The diversity of guest appearances on this release is impressive with global guest appearances coming from Serj Tankian (Lebanon), Sizzla (Jamaica), Akon (Senegal), Lil Wanye (New Orleans, Louisana), Niia (Needham, Massachusetts), Shakira (Barranquilla, Columbia), Paul Simon (Newark, New Jeresy), Mary J Blige (Bronx, New York), Chamillionaire (Houston, Texas), Aadesh Shrivastava (India), Norah Jones (Brooklyn, New York), Melissa Jiménez (New Jeresy), (Los Angeles, California), Machel Montano (Trinidad and Tobago), Daniela Mercury, (Salvador, Brazil), Black Alex (Haiti), Shabba Ranks (Jamaica), Djakout Muzik (Haiti), Lucina(Mexico), Sun (Singapore), Elephant Man (Jamaica) & Tony Matterhorn (Jamaica). Clef makes his intro with his daughter talking in the background, leading up to the album's first full length track "Riot" Feat. Serj Tankian (Of System of a Down)& Sizzla a solid track - I like how Wyclef references Big Pun and rhymes like him for a minute. I have two favourite track's on this release, one is the lead single "Sweetest Girl" (Dolla Bill) which features appearances from Akon, Nia & Lil Wayne. Akon's borrows the chorus from Wu-Tang's famous song "C.R.E.A.M." singing soulfully, in a musical tale about deportation - everyone hold's their own on this first class track. The later favorite is a collaboration with T.I. on "Slow Down" a highlight track, Wyclef rhymes and sings about many of the problems of the world, with T.I.Read more ›
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Wyclef Jean likes music, and he doesn't discriminate by genre. His jack of all trades approach to his past albums brought a distinctly unique feel to them, but with this latest effort, it seems that while he may well be a jack of all trades, he's a master of none.
Jean's a producer at heart, and it's always shown. Relying on the collaborative effort to produce his visions has always worked well for him, and this album is no exception. A huge issue in production, however, is knowing when to stop.
Almost every one of Jean's songs feels like a mess. There's energy and passion, but there is no clarity to it. Mixing genres is fine, but the plan wasn't realized here, and just taking the different musical styles and throwing them into a blender isn't going to be enough.
For all the passion, talent, and exploration here, there just wasn't enough planning.
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Everything Clef touches turns to gold. Wyclef has definitely sold out (see his "concert" exclusively for WalMart) but it only means more of his easily earned cash will benefit the charitable causes he sustains. He is one of the few stars who blends activism and humanitarinism in his lyrics, his phat beats and the resulting non-stop Carnival vibe he rides on.

The collaborations on this party album have matched voices no one else would ever attempt...Wyclef and Norah Jones??? Paul Simon??? Wow. Shakira leaves her imprint as does Mary J. Blige, but they're regulars.
More impressive to me is Clef's ability to weave the legendary voice of Sizzla Kalonji into this record. Sizzla doesn't disappoint, but he might get outshined by Akon and Weezy on "Sweetest Girl," or by Chamillionaire on "Hollywood Meets Bollywood." See, Wyclef knows there are billions of potential fans in India, so he puts some wicked bhangra on his record. He knows Mexicans love music, so he sings a tribute to Selena, accompanied by the impressive Melissa Jimenez.

This may be part two of the multicultural masterpiece Wyclef dropped on Carnival, but it's decidedly less Carribean, and less emotional. Now you hear juicy beats and pumping bass, even the intense ramblings of Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Wyclef is a mad chemist!

Just wait for the finale, the 13-minute "Touch Your Button" Carnival extravaganza, the surest way to drive totally across town riding Clef's raucous riddims. Now let's see Wyclef lead the way to solve problems in Haiti and everywhere else where people starve.
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I would first like to say that this cd is good. This cd is better than most of the current music out there. I don't much care for current music and this sounds awfully POP to me so I gave it a 3 of 5. I am a huge fan of Wyclef and the whole refugee clan, so I expected a little of that old style but didn't find much on this album. The Score, the first Carnival, and even that old John Forte cd are great (not to mention Lauryn Hill), but not so much the Carnival II.

Wyclef is still a lyrical genius but I think I only heard "a few" songs where he sings, & Fast Car is probably my favorite on the cd. The message is in the music on this cd, but like past ones the music is not the message on this one. I think the only issue I did not hear Wyclef mention was possibly gun control. His lyrics/ message was subtle yet very intelligent, but the way it was portrayed was just so pop that I don't know how long this cd will stay in my 6 disc changer. If wyclef wanted to get his messages out to as many different markets as possible he very much succeeded. I'm sure there is a track that could be played in just about every country in every continent off this album. I know that in order to make money today your records have to sound like pop, so if this is what Wyclef was trying to accomplish I'm sure he will make lots of money. I just hope Wyclef's new style doesn't rub off on Sizzla Kalonji.

I don't recall ever hearing a cd with so many different genres on it. This cd should have been called Wyclef & Friends. I like lots of different genres, but they were just all sort of a blend of pop once mixed with the other genres. Wyclef in my opinion could have made all of these songs and just had the other artist release them on their own cd's, and then came out with his own cd.
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sizzla kalonji??
i'm not going to support this album since sizzla is on it.
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