Wyclef Wings It To J Records

Hip-hop jack-of-all-trades Wyclef Jean has signed with J Records as a recording artist and is working on a new studio album. Jean, who was formerly signed to Columbia, had inked an imprint deal with J

Hip-hop jack-of-all-trades Wyclef Jean has signed with J Records as a recording artist and is working on a new studio album. Jean, who was formerly signed to Columbia, had inked an imprint deal with J in 2000 for his Clef Records label.

Clive Davis, chairman of J parent company RCA Music Group, said in a statement, "Wyclef is one of those rare cutting edge artists who define an era. He's a young triple threat who has just written some of the best contemporary songs I've heard in years." Jean, in turn, commented: "Clive Davis, man! He's the godfather of music. I hooked up with him so I could be a quadruple threat."

Jean rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of the Fugees, and has since carved out an eclectic and successful solo career. His last album with Columbia, "Masquerade," debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in June 2002 and has sold 357,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Jean is among the artists confirmed to appear at the Miami edition of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, set for May 25 at Miami's Bicentennial Park.