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Wyclef Jean Presents Carnival Featuring Refugee Allstars [Explicit Lyrics]

Wyclef JeanAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Intro/Court/Clef/Intro (Skit/Interlude)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Apocalypse (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Guantanamera (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Pablo Diablo (Interlude)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars0:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bubblegoose (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Prelude To "To All The Girls" (Interlude)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. To All The Girls (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Down Lo Ho (Interlude)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Anything Can Happen (Album Version)Wyclef Jean 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gone Till NovemberWyclef Jean 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Words Of Wisdom (Interlude)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Year Of The Dragon (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sang FéziWyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Fresh Interlude (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mona Lisa (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Street Jeopardy (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Killer M.C. (Interlude)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. We Trying To Stay Alive (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Gunpowder (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Closing Arguments (Interlude/Skit)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Enter The Carnival (Interlude)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Jaspora (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Yelé (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Carnival (Album Version)Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BV3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

"Taste the culture, know who you are," exhorts a voice in the opening seconds of The Carnival. While Fugees mastermind Wyclef sets a high goal for his first solo album, essentially a follow-up to the Brooklyn hip-hoppers' multiplatinum The Score, he never succumbs to feel-goodism or preachiness while traveling the songlines. Including everything from over-the-top operatic scatting to Bee Gees samples and Celia Cruz as part of its rhythm nation, The Carnival proves that, "Killing Me Softly" or no, the rapper/producer is far from losing his knack for mad fun and games. And, indeed, if you're not careful, you may end up learning something: witness the ballad "Gone Till November," a drug runner's unflinching lament. --Rickey Wright

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Props to Wyclef June 19, 2005
By A fan
Format:Audio CD
I am not a fan of rap or hip-hop music. I like a wide range of music--Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews, Bob Marley, Coldplay, The Cure, The Who, Beastie Boys, Janis Joplin, etc.

Wyclef's updated version of "Stayin' Alive" was so catchy, so addictive, and so fresh that it made me want to buy the CD. I'm so glad I did.

Before buying this CD, I thought Wyclef Jean was a rap or hip artist. But in this CD, Wyclef Jean transcends musical categories. He fuses together reggae, Caribbean music, rap, hip-hop, and other genres. His music is funky, political, and soulful. The CD contains ballads, unique instrumental blends, raps, and dance-your-ass off tunes.

Although I don't speak Creole (Haitian Creole), his songs in Creole have beautiful melodies and vocal accompaniments.

The lyrics are brilliant. He sings about political strife in Haiti: famine, gunfire, revenge, and Haitians immigrating to the USA by sea in rafts. And some of his lyrics aren't profound, but funky and fun.

I bought this CD four or five years ago, and still love it. I pull it out every month or two. Each time I re-play the CD, it kicks ass as much as it did the first time I listened to it. The CD is an old friend. It's evolved. I've smoked [...] while listening to the CD, roadtripped to it, danced to it, worked out to it, and just simply listened to it alone or with friends while chilling out in the living room.

It is a great CD and Wyclef is a fabulous artist. Unlike a lot of other artists, he has something to say, and he sings it well.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS DEFINITELY WORTH BUYING!! July 14, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who liked the Refugees first couple of albums, this album is great! Wyclef's songs are all great from beginning to the end, and the short interludes are funny. The first 21 songs (with the exception of track 13) are in english and it's sort of a hip-hop funky style of music in which his Refugee All Stars play. Tracks 13, 22-24 are in Haitian Creole which i thought to be really cool to listen to. Overall I think this album is a great buy and it of course includes his trademark songs of "We tryin' to stay Alive", "Guantanamera", and "Gone till November." (Sorry, you have to buy the CD single in order to get his different "rap" version). I don't recommend listening to just his popular songs which many people do because if you listen to some of his other songs, they're really great! Now all you have to do is buy it and let your ears do all the work!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first 5 star review ever. October 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This LP is seven years old ya'll. I still listen to it. It's one of those CD's that you just can't let dust collect on. Wyclef may not be the best lyricist, or even have the best flow, but it's the whole package he presents in this LP that brings it all together. The beats are tight, the guest appearances are tasteful, and hey even the jokes and skits are funny. Gone till November rightfully won awards. We tryin' to stay alive was fun as hell. But the other tracks on there are what makes the album worth buying. Don't sleep ya'll. Amazing.

Best tracks:

Gone till November, Tryin to stay alive, Guantanamera, and Year of the Dragon (Lauryn Hill is Viscous on that joint)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! December 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Solid five stars. There are so many solid songs on this album, it is just unbelievable.

Some background: I have cherished the Fugees' album The Score as one of the greatest musical achievements of pop music. Unfortunately, the Fugees broke up, and Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill branched off into solo careers. The brightest example of that Fugees heritage is this very album. If you have not heard Fugees, you should get The Score, it preps you for this masterpiece.

The lyrics and the beats are super tight. The interlude skits will be familiar to Fugees fans. While the Fugees were a little more laid back and emphasized mellody over beats, here rhythm is the king.

I will not get into the specific songs etc because others have commented already. This is an amazing album, and Wyclef puts most other rappers to shame with this gem. You ought to hear this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wyclef mixes it all up for the Carnival..Tight! May 4, 2000
By I.B.
Format:Audio CD
This cd from wyclef is a good cd. I had this from a while back and it's still good. Fans and Non-fans of the fugges should check this out because it's a couple people on this u might not know is on. People like lauryn Hill, John forte, pras, G+B(the product), Jeeni fujita and others help to keep it hot. Check for Jeeni fujita in the future...shes about to blow up. The cd starts off with a intro skit that sounds like a commercial for a movie. All the skits are funny and they play through this cd like a movie. All the skits are in court and are about wyclef proving that hes good and not a "Playa", "Thug", etc. The best tracks here are: 2,3,5,7,9(This one is tight and should have been a single),10(another tight one. This is a true story if u listen close to the lyrics),13(This song is in french and has Lauryn Hill singing a tight verse and if u listen to the whole song u learn what it means at the end. lauryn explains in english), This is a cool slow jam with Aaron neville,18(Classic party jam mixing old school with the new).
Overall this is a good solo cd from wyclef and I think he did good even though he had a lot of guests. The guests don't over shadow him and by the time your done you will know something about where he is from. Lauryn and Wyclef did good and are still doing good solo. I don't know if pras will ever get to their level. It would be good to see the fugees reunite but since they all are at different levels now..I guess it's history. Check out wyclefs new one coming out in June, but until then this is something to listen to. he might suprise you with a couple cuts here because he mixes it all up slow jam, fast, hip-hop , reggae and everything.
If u never been to a carnival, then here is a good start.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
A few good songs, a few interesting experiments, but too long and not enough focus. More worthwhile than most hip-hop circa 1998, but not strong enough to be a classic.
Published 20 days ago by Bryce Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential 90s hip hop album that brings me back to ...
Quintessential 90s hip hop album that brings me back to that time when the album as a whole ruled as opposed to single downloadable tracks.
Published 1 month ago by bsriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic
Perhaps the word modern isn't quite cutting it anymore, as this album approaches adulthood. As with all the other members of the Fugees, Wyclef shines in his solo efforts.
Published 16 months ago by M. Wyant
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Got this for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved it. This is an absolute classic and worth adding to your music collection.
Published 16 months ago by Tammy
4.0 out of 5 stars OK!
I expected more from this album, but it is a very good album and I would suggest it to any of my friends.
Published 17 months ago by Ashley G. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album, Near Perfect In Every Way
I first heard this album several years back, and it has stayed with me ever since. Wyclef first came to fame in the legendary hip hop group The Fugees (with Pras and Lauryn Hill),... Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Gary Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun album
I came across Wyclef Jean when I first heard Sweetest Girl. I read good reviews on this album and thought I'd give it a shot. Read more
Published on February 9, 2009 by rvikul
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
i like this entire album too. this was a great debut for him as a solo artist. it's also fun to listen to with the skits.
Published on July 30, 2008 by gooney googoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, Classic, Classic!!!
To many people, the Fugees were the quintessential rap trio comprised of Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Pras. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by Girl626
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Album, Shows The Talent of Wyclef
I thought this was a good solo album from Wyclef that presents some good songs to listen to. Definately get "We Trying To Stay Alive. Read more
Published on July 5, 2006 by J. Emanuele
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