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The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book

Wyclef JeanAudio CD
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listen  1. Columbia Records (Album Version)Wyclef Jean 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Where Fugees At? (Album Version)Wyclef Jean 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Kenny Rogers - Pharoahe Monch Dub PlateWyclef Jean 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Thug Angels (Album Version)Wyclef Jean featuring Small World 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. It Doesn't Matter (Album Version)Wyclef Jean featuring The Rock (TM) & Melky Sedeck 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 911Wyclef Jean featuring Mary J. Blige 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pullin' Me In (Album Version)Wyclef Jean 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Da Cypha (Album Version)Wyclef Jean Featuring Supreme C, Marie Antoinette (Free) & Hope 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Runaway (Album Version)Wyclef Jean featuring Earth, Wind & Fire and The Product G&B 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Red Light District (Album Version)Wyclef Jean0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Perfect Gentleman (Album Version)Wyclef Jean 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Low IncomeWyclef Jean featuring Beast & 718 -Crew 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Whitney Houston Dub Plate (Album Version)Wyclef Jean 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. However You Want It (Album Version)Wyclef Jean 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Hollyhood to Hollywood (Album Version)Wyclef Jean featuring Small World 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Diallo (Album Version)Wyclef Jean featuring Youssou N' Dour & MB2 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Something About Mary (Album Version)Wyclef Jean 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Bus Search (Album Version)Wyclef Jean0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Wish You Were Here (Album Version)Wyclef Jean 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004VW9P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Welcome to hip-hop originality. On Wyclef Jean's The Ecleftic, his beats-beyond-borders ideology, seen on the Fugees' The Score and his own Carnival, shines bright. Rap's Renaissance man, he's pushing hip-hop forward with his musical vision. Firmly rooted in an inclusive old-school aesthetic (recalling Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa) he's got Kenny Rogers and Pharoahe Monch sharing space on a dub plate. Youssou N'Dour guests on the indignant, powerful "Diallo." And Mary J. Blige joins Wyclef for the mournfully beautiful duet "911." Though there are many musical flavors on The Ecleftic, Jean's deft musical arrangements prevent them from descending into tokenism. But at the end of the day, there's no doubt that this is hip-hop, with taut tracks like "Thug Angels," "However You Want It," and "Pulling Me In" showing that Wyclef's holding it down for the heads, some of whom felt that his Carnival was a little too poppy. The Ecleftic contains enough anger and righteous indignation to be real hip-hop, and enough humor and musical magic to be fun. --Lizz Mendez Berry

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Wyclef Jean ~ The Ecleftic: 2 Sides Ii A Book

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ECFLEFTIC is the Total Package! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Clef Does It Again 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Genius! August 22, 2000
By Matthew
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Statesmanship you can dance to September 5, 2000
By Hugh
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wyclef...Why not.
There is a song for all walks of life on this disk. I don't have a favorite. I especially like the merge between rap, country, and rock. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kenyetta Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I originally bought this one for the groove 911, but after listening it may not be the best track on there I love it! The whole CD is the bomb!
Published on July 25, 2012 by Purple Mane
4.0 out of 5 stars gift cd
I can not really review this product as it was a gift. I heard no negative feedback so I expect this to be an ok product!!!
Published on April 27, 2009 by Bruce C. Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecleftic is right
I've liked this album. This is the 3rd time I've purchased it, the other two I either lost or got scratched from use/abuse. Read more
Published on March 26, 2008 by SoCal Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars Wyclef is Awsome!!!!!
He may not be the best rap artist we have ever heard/seen, but he definatly is one of the most diverse artists out there. Read more
Published on August 29, 2007 by Immortal Technique
1.0 out of 5 stars Listen...
You cannot put a whitney houston cover with a Pink Floyd cover .....period... it is not right chico..."it don't mix" if you can understand my english. Read more
Published on June 21, 2007 by Tony Montana
5.0 out of 5 stars This man take risks , make mistakes and is original
I think this a very creative record . Wyclef jean take risks , so all the songs are not the at the same level . Read more
Published on April 4, 2005 by Alberto M. Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic to say the least
Wyclef and the Refugee Camp hold a cross-genre fan base, being one of the influences of the hip hop world that can truly be said to have very high level of acceptance and support... Read more
Published on July 19, 2004 by Logical Paradox
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Aight
I like The Carnival and Preacher's Son better, but this is listenable. As far as musically, Wyclef's improved, but he is kinda immature on this album. Read more
Published on July 11, 2004 by "lilking101"
5.0 out of 5 stars Haters run Wyclef Jean is at it again
This album is great. He's got two diss tracks, "Where Fugees At"(Pras, Lauryn diss) and "However You Want It"(Canibus diss). Read more
Published on June 23, 2004
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