Wyclef Jean

Nel Ust Wyclef Jean[2] (/ˈwklɛf ˈʒɒ̃/; born October 17, 1969)[2][3] is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor.[4][5] At the age of nine,[6] Jean immigrated to the United States with his family. He first achieved fame as a member of the New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees, alongside Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel. They released the albums Blunted on Reality (1994) and The Score (1996), the latter becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. Jean would follow this with the release of his first solo studio album, Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival (1997), which contains his top ten hit "Gone till November".

Wyclef Jean
Jean in 2008
Born (1969-10-17) October 17, 1969 (age 51)
Other names
  • Wyclef
  • Toussaint St. Jean
  • Nel
  • Clef
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
Years active1989–present
OrganizationYéle Haiti
Claudinette Jean
(m. 1994)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginNewark, New Jersey, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • keyboards
Associated acts

Jean would continue to have a successful music career as a soloist. Releasing an additional eight studio albums; including his RIAA Platinum certified album, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book (2000). Jean would also release a string of commercially successful singles including the Top 40 hits "911" (featuring Mary J. Blige), "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" (featuring Akon, Niia & Lil Wayne)", writing and producing "Maria Maria" by Santana, and featuring on Destiny Child's "No, No, No", and the US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira.

On August 5, 2010, Jean filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election.[7] However, Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council ruled him ineligible to stand for office, as he had not met the constitutional requirement to have been a resident in Haiti for five years prior to the election.[3][8] Jean's highly publicized efforts to raise relief funds after the 2010 Haitian earthquake were channeled through his charitable organization, Yéle Haiti. The charity, which conducted education and welfare activities in Haiti between 2005 and 2010, effectively closed in 2012. The New York Times reported that much of the money raised by the organization in the Hope for Haiti Now telethon was retained by Jean for his own benefit.[9] In 2012, Jean published his memoir Purpose: An Immigrant's Story.[9] Jean performed his single "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)", at the closing ceremony for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Jean has won three Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his musical work.[10][11]