In the midst of recording his next project, a self-titled album slated for spring 2010, Wyclef Jean decided to revisit his hip-hop roots on the newly released "DJ Drama Presents Wyclef Jean Aka Toussaint: St. Jean From the Hut to the Projects to the Mansion." Issued Nov. 10 on Jean's own Carnival House Records through Megaforce/Sony Music, the EP bows at No. 36 this week on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The 13-track EP finds the MC/songwriter/producer adopting the persona of Toussaint St. Jean, loosely based on the 18th-century Haitian revolutionary hero Toussaint L'Ouverture. Hosted by DJ Drama, the set of all-new material features Timbaland, Eve, Lil Kim and an electrifying collaboration with Cyndi Lauper.
"When you get to a certain point in your career, people forget where you came from," Jean says of the EP's concept. "So now, Toussaint is going to show everyone my skills and how I got started in hip-hop. Just in case you thought Clef was dead and he don't spit: Here's the reinvention."