The voice of an Angel, the Heart of a Lamb, the spirit of a Lioness, the presence of a Goddess, love you R.I.P Whitney Houston.— Wyclef Jean
The most killer Wyclef Jean quotes that will inspire your inner self
I lived in a hut with no roof, and I rode to school on a donkey.
I used to shoot birds with a slingshot to cook for dinner. Now I prefer to get my food from KFC.
People often associate raves with drugs, but for me raves are more associated with self-expression.
My grandfather was a voodoo priest. A lot of my life dealt with spirituality. I can close my eyes and remember where I come from.
I come from a hut, from a hut I went to the projects, from the projects I went to a mansion so you out there you have ABSOLUTLY NO EXCUSE!
When I'm rhyming it's all in my head.
.. Like the slaves, when they were picking cotton, they would block out their minds. They would sing.
It's important, when you see darkness, to understand that there's light ahead of that, and I'm the living testimony of that, you dig?
America is a melting pot of immigrants.
So actually, if you took all of the immigrants outside of America, you'd be missing a lot of flavor, starting with the food, with the culture, with the dance, with everything.
At the end of the day, just know that God made you, so you can be your own individual, and don't let people give you that peer pressure.
I lived in the projects and the ghetto, and turned the negative into a positive.
When I lose touch with the audience and the reality of what life really is, I'll be Vanilla Ice or something.
The reason why we're warriors is that we rise to the occasion;
anyone that's felt like the system put them down, and then they rose to the occasion, they're a warrior. It's not about whether you come from the hood or you come from the suburbs, you know what I mean? It's about reality and life.
I feel that life is short, so we should be disciplined, but at the same time we should have a good time.
I haven't accomplished nothing yet - I have a long way to go.
I'm like Cab Calloway: I love the entertainment, and I've loved entertaining people ever since I was little.
I decided to do what I do when I was 2 years old.
At 2 years old, you know, I heard the sound of a drum playing in the village, and I found my own drum and just picked it up and started playing, the worst song ever written by Wyclef Jean.But it actually started a vibe.
You get quick money, it's beautiful, there's sunshine, but at the end of the day, you find out it's all a masquerade, baby. It's not what it seems.
There's not a hip-hop artist that didn't snatch of piece of Bob Marley. It's totally impossible.
My daddy was a minister, my grandfather was a voodoo priest, my uncle was a mason; I was raised with a lot of studies.
Mama, you know you raised me with no father figure.
I wanna take this time to thank you, even though I'm doing life.
That's the best way to feed the human mind.
That's how Bob Marley did it. He never put it in your face. After you got the groove, you were just singing the hooks, because you thought it was cool.
What I'm trying to do is break the genre from what is rap and what is music.
Once we revolutionize the music industry, then we can revolutionize our communities and everything in the world, 'cause what happens is, the communities are listening to the music.
On Sundays I give the sermons like my dad used to give.
I utilize it as a revolutionary tool, as a thinking tool, as a tool where I can recruit people, DM them, and give them information that I feel that they need going forward.
I grew up in a Caribbean family household, so the parents are always right.
My father smacked me up til I was 20. It was a strict household.
I want people to experience what it's like being from Haiti, coming to America, being Wyclef - multicultural, multilingual.
My father being a Caribbean minister, one day I stole the radio.
The radio that I stole, I took it to school, showing off how big this boom box was and how bad I was at the time. Once my father figured out where I left the radio, he then got his belt and he walked me, he beat me all the way to where I had hid the radio, and with the boom box.
I hear them playing Elvis, they on they way to Graceland. But they don't scare me, I'm in the trunk.
The first thing you must learn is to always treat a man and a woman with total respect and honor, 'cause if you do that, the legacy you will leave behind will be work.
My first record wasn't even with the Fugees.
I was signed to Big Beat Records, so I was signed back in 1989 to the label that the Knocks are on now. You can always tell which generation had the pulse based on how they see things.
The thing which America allows you to be is it's the country of opportunities.
I do music for the love of it, and I've been doing it from a very young age: about 11.
I want to be part of a different kind of celebrity, one that thinks not just about charity but policy.
Bob Marley stood for universal peace and love. He tried to break racial barriers.
I was looking for Quincy Jones, that's who I was obsessed with.
Watching Mike [Jackson], I always knew that I had to be a showman on stage, because when people come to you live you always want them to come back. You gotta give them something to remember.
Ever since I was a little kid, there used to be the Carnival that used to pass.
No matter how far you go, if you can't go back to the essence, you're not sayin' nothin'. The essence for me is hip-hop. But the hip-hop community I came up in isn't a loyal community.
All that violence in the world, we need to stop that.
If you go in the ring and box and you're angry, you're gonna lose the match.
When the Fugees were big, we made a whole lot of money, and what happened was that I saved my money and never spent it.
I think it's cool to do stuff in a different language.
Basically, I learned English through listening to rap. A lot of people think it's funny. But it's true; I used to try to get the accents.
What happens is we're all gonna return to dirt, so at the end of the day we're all equal.
I don't see no more Billie Holidays, no more Marvin Gayes, no more Smokey Robinsons. I don't even see no more Nirvanas.
I know that the nice shines I have on is going to pass.
The nice cars will pass. All that will stay is the music and the work. That's where I get the inspiration to help people out and work.
What a lot of people don't know is that Wyclef started off as a battle rapper, when he decided that he would rhyme.
I'm cheap, and I'm proud of it!
I like Bergen County because it's nice and quiet.
It's beautiful, and I can get to the city way quick.
My accomplishment has helped millions of kids see that they can come from a poor family and go somewhere, make something out of themselves. Ive been doing it for seven years professionally.
I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band.
No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.
When you're talkin' about a great man, you're not talking more than one person.
It's not about how many people are followin' you, it's about the fact that you're a great man, that's all it's about.