As a member of the world famous group The Fugees, and having worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Carlos Santana. Wyclef Jean is set to release an album in support of Haiti "Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haiti Creole 101" through Koch Records on October 19th.
These are the transcripts of an interview conducted with Wyclef Jean by Hugo Lunny on October 15th, 2004.
MVRemix: As a result of that... You performed with the Democrats and John Kerry. What is it that fuels your support for him and the party?
Wyclef Jean: I mean really me as a person, I'm non-Partisan. Which means that I know Republicans which are voting for Democrats right now. Haha. It's just right now when you look at the whole thing as a scope, you've got to say "Who's better at this position?" And right now, you know what Kerry is saying if you're watching the debates. He just makes a little more sense.
MVRemix: What do you think about the Wyclef Jean with youth voters?
Wyclef Jean: I think the new energy is exciting, it's needed. I think we should encourage them on the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. But I think the idea is energetic and it's needed.
MVRemix: What do you think of Eminem's attacks on Michael Jackson throughout the "Just Lose It" video and song?
Wyclef Jean: I think that Eminem is just Eminem. Sometimes we sit back and we watch comedians and just laugh at them. If this was what he just came out with and he just did that then I'd be like "Okay?" But he's been doing that since the beginning, making fun of people. He don't take it seriously, he don't take himself seriously when he do it. So...
MVRemix: What are you most proud of being affiliated with or having accomplished thus far?
Wyclef Jean: I mean really I'm proud of having been a member of the Fugees and accomplishing just the term refugee around the world, which was taken so negatively, and being able to turn that word into a positive word.
MVRemix: Have fun with this one. A la "Fight Club," "If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?"
Wyclef Jean: I'm a real fighter though. You know what I'm sayin'? I hear people taking boxing classes and all that stuff... I think with no bodyguards, I could probably whip every rappers ass. I'm talking about no bodyguards with whoever. With no bodyguards - just a one on one standoff... [slowly] I could whip any rappers ass. Period. You know the only person who would give me any competition and he would probably knock me out if I had gloves on. I don't fight with gloves, I fight with my feet and my hands... is 50 Cent. Because he fights good with his hands like a boxer and Xzibit. After that, straight up. And I'm telling you, I ain't sayin' they're gonna knock me out 'cause I'ma fight with my hands and my feet.
MVRemix: Are there any guest appearances or collaborations apart from the album that we have to look forward to?
Wyclef Jean: On the album I have a version of "La Bamba," which I'm lovin'. But I'm tryin' to do a version of that with Beenie Man. So I'm tryin' to track Beenie Man down right now.
MVRemix: Do you have any thoughts on Guerilla Black and the whole similarity to Biggie issue?
Wyclef Jean: I guess Guerilla Black is just a new breed and he's coming. People said I sound like Bob Marley, you know. I think there are some similarities, but I never knew Bob. I think eventually at the end everybody was like "Okay, Wyclef is Wyclef." I think with Guerilla Black as he keeps coming and he keeps doing him, people are gonna say he's Guerilla Black. When the Fugees was comin' out, they called us Digable Planets.
MVRemix: Do you have any last words?
Wyclef Jean: I mean really we just want y'all to know that all you Fugee fans should start savin' your money. All the Wyclef, Lauryn, Pras fans - thanks through the years. Really the most important thing right now is the world is getting so socially conscious, lets not be stupid of it. Lets be part of it.
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