Wyclef Continues The 'Masquerade'
Former Fugees principal Wyclef Jean has wrapped work on his third solo album, "Masquerade," due June 18 from Columbia. First single "PJ's" has begun to get early airplay on U.S. radio outlets...Former Fugees principal Wyclef Jean has wrapped work on his third solo album, "Masquerade," due June 18 from Columbia. First single "PJ's" has begun to get early airplay on U.S. radio outlets; audio and video clips of the track and a behind-the-scenes video can be streamed from Jean's official Web site.
In typical Jean fashion, the new album is laden with notable guests and a handful of bizarre covers (Jean's 2000 set, "Ecleftic: Two Sides Of The Book," found him collaborating with Kenny Rogers and covering Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"). "Two Wrongs" features Claudette Ortiz of R&B trio City High, while "You Say Keep It Gangster" features Butch Cassidy and Sharissa. M.O.P., Bumpy Knuckles, and Miri lend their talents to the album's title track.
The 19-track "Masquerade" also finds Jean tackling Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," the Four Seasons' 1994 No. 14 Hot 100 hit "(December 1963) Oh, What a Night," and a revamped version of "What's New, Pussycat?," penned by Burt Bacharach and popularized by Tom Jones. Jones makes a guest appearance on the updated edition of the track.
"Ecleftic: Two Sides Of The Book" debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 9 on The Billboard 200. It included the single "911" featuring Mary J. Blige, which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Jean is in the midst of a short tour of U.S. colleges which hits New York's Fordham University tomorrow (April 27).
Here is the tracklist for "Masquerade":
"Message to the Streets"
"Masquerade" featuring M.O.P., Bumpy Knuckles, and Miri
"You Say Keep It Gangster" featuring Butch Cassidy and Sharissa
"Party Like I Party"
"Oh What A Night"
"Pussycat" featuring Tom Jones
"Two Wrongs" featuring City High's Claudette Ortiz
"Thug Like Me "
"Knockin on Heaven's Door"
"War No More"
"The Mix Show"
Here are Wyclef Jean's tour dates:
April 27: New York (Fordham University)
April 29: Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross University)
May 2: Cincinnati (University of Cincinnati)
May 3: College Park, Md. (University of Maryland)
May 5: New Britain, Conn. (Central Connecticut St. University)