'J'ouvert' is his first release since 2010
On Monday, Wyclef Jean announced the release of his first project in six years. The rapper and former Fugee will drop his J’ouvert EP on Sept. 30 as a prelude to his next studio album, Carnival III: Road to Clefication, which is due in summer 2017.
Jean’s latest project was his 2010 EP If I Were President: My Haitian Experience. His most recent full-length was 2009’s From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion. But Jean has remained a musical force, releasing singles “My Girl” and “Hendrix” this year — both of which are slated to appear on Carnival III — and appearing on songs by the likes of the Knocks and Gorgon City.
In 2010, Wyclef Jean considered a presidential run in his native Haiti, but was denied the opportunity because he didn’t meet the country’s residency requirements. Carnival III is scheduled for a summer 2017 release to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Jean’s 1997 debut The Carnival.