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1. Columbia Records
2. Where Fugees At?
3. Kenny Rogers-Pharoahe Monch Dub Plate
4. Thug Angels
5. It Doesn't Matter
6. 911
7. Pullin' Me In
8. Da Cypha
9. Runaway
10. Red Light District
11. Perfect Gentleman
12. Low Income
13. Whitney Houston Dub Plate
14. However You Want It
15. Hollyhood to Hollywood
16. Diallo
17. Something About Mary
18. Bus Search
19. Wish You Were Here

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMW2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Jackson on September 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Wyclef is back and better than ever! If you thought he expressed musical diversity on "The Carnival", he comes back to the roots this time out.
"Ecleftic" is exactly what it sounds like - Wyclef being eclectic. Songs to definitely peep:
Kenny Rogers/Pharoah Monch Dub Plate - Who else could pull off a jam with the great C&W Kenny Rogers and lyrically talented Pharoah Monch but Wyclef. The beat will have that noggin bobbin'.
911 - Soulful song w/the queen of hip hop Ms. Mary J. Blige. The hook will have you singing with'em. I would love to have heard Lauryn singing with him instead.
Pullin Me In, However You Want It, Where Fugees At? - With these tracks Clef takes it back to the streets to let the fans know about how his "12 disciples" sold him out, crucified him or just straight up used him and turned around to dis him(read: Lauryn Hill, Pras, Canibus). This is some old Battle rap format - definitely what's needed. How will they all respond, enquiring minds want to know.
Hollyhood to Hollywood - Clef addresses his those in the entertainment industry that claim street credibility yet display "hollywood" mentality. And how they get no respect in the 'hoods they claim. I like the hook, "Don't wear your colors here/that's cemetery gear...". When I heard this song I was like "IT'S ABOUT TIME!"
Don't sleep on the other tracks. He comes correct with Earth, Wind & Fire (Runaway), The Rock & Melky Sedeck (It Doesn't Matter) and other tracks.
Overall, this CD definitely has more street appeal than his solo debut. Where "The Carnival" had more melody, "Ecleftic" has harder beats. Think of this as "The Score - Part II" minus the Lauryn and Pras.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Groovemasta on August 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In an age of tightly formatted radio and niche marketing, it is rare to find an artist who crosses all boundaries, and shatters all preconceptions and simply makes music. There's hardly a musical genre that doesn't get thrown into the mix, and there's hardly a song on this album that isn't bangin'. Wyclef is a product of hip-hop, and as such, this record an amazing statement about the power of the music and the culture and how far it was come. Kenny Rogers puttin' it down over a slightly rocked out reworking of the "Simon Says" beat? But it works. Amazingly enough, the best tracks on here are the ones that take the greatest chances, straying furthest away from traditional hip hop. "911" with Mary J. Blige is essentially a pop/rock ballad, that Clef sings like a Calypso folk song. To round out the mix, Mary throws down with a straight soul workout. Clef makes an incredible nod to 70s funk/soul on "Runaway" with Earth Wind and Fire adding just a little more authenticity (not to mention what still might be the tightest horn section in the buisiness). "Diallo" is equal parts blues, folk and calypso and showcases Clef's growth as a songwriter. There's even a remake of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" which Wyclef manages to put his stamp on while maintaining the tone of the original. The cut that took me the longest to appreciate is "Perfect Gentleman". Classical stings backed by an eccelerated techno beat, and lyrics about a stripper? At first it's easy to write the song off as a musical joke of sorts, but after a few listens it starts to sink in. It is a real song, carefully constructed musically, and with lyrical heart. This album is a must for any true music fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on August 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Wyclef Jean is a revolution in Hip Hop music. In 1997, The Carnival was enjoyed by critics and many music fans. Wyclef was able to satisfy fans of rap, hip hop, R&B, reggae, rock and more. He was successfully able to combine fantastic music with meaningful lyrics and satisfy everyone. Guess what folks? He's back. This is probably my most anticipated album all year. I picked it up the second the stores opened today and was 150% satisfied. I bought the CD at Best Buy and received a 3-song sampler along with Ecleftic. What a deal. Wyclef once again satisfies all genres of music. In the pop-covered It Doesn't Matter, 'Clef mixes hip hop and pop with WWF superstar, The Rock. If that's not your type of music, check out Perfect Gentleman. The club flavored song with an electronic symphony in the background makes a hit for any dancefloor anytime. If you like rock influenced rock, listen to Something About Mary or the Pink Floyd cover of Wish You Were Here. Diallo is quite possibly Wyclef's best song he's ever released. Dedicated to the race-related murder victim by New York Police Officers, it brings soul, heart and pain to Wyclef's voice. 911 with Mary J. Blige is also a treat on this disc. I really believe that Wyclef Jean is the king of Hip Hop, and with or without the Fugees, he will continue to shine. Guaranteed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hugh on September 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Haitian-born Wyclef Jean is one of the rare artists who appeals equally to the hip-hop nation's sometimes clashing factions -- East Coast vs. West Coast, North vs. South, jewel-encrusted "playas" vs. incense burning poets. Whether recording as one-third of the Grammy-winning Fugees or solo (1997's Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival), Jean has used his albums as a bully pulpit for his questioning, uplifting raps. But he never forgets that a message without a beat is often ignored. So when Jean rails against the glorification of gangsta life, on The Ecleftic's "Thug Angels," he sets his sermon to the jacked-up rhythms of hot Southern rap. His edgy, self-reflective soliloquy on "Pullin' Me In" pairs up with a rugged rhythm that's just right for blasting from a jeep. The album leaps gracefully from ska to rock to R&B to reggae and protest music (on "Diallo," a hushed elegy to the African immigrant gunned down by New York City police in 1999). Jean's delivery sounds uncomfortably similar to Bob Marley's, and he makes his points over and over again. But these are minor distractions from the intelligence that permeates this strong, complex collection.
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