'J'ouvert' is his first release since 2010

By Eric Renner Brown
August 08, 2016 at 03:36 PM EDT
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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.