Wyclef Jean On Young Thug: “He Reminded Me Of A Modern Tupac”

The Atlanta rapper will be featured on Wyclef’s upcoming J’ouvert EP.

October 10, 2016

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After appearing on Young Thug's recent Jeffery album, on a song called "Kanye West," Wyclef Jean announced a new project of his own entitled J'ouvert. The EP takes its name from the opening celebration of carnival and will feature another collaboration from the two artists of Haitian descent. Wyclef recently spoke to Pigeons & Planes about the new project and his relationship with the Young Thug


Wyclef described how his initial collaboration with Young Thug came about, and touched on his similarities to the Atlanta rapper. "He’s from a project, I’m from a similar background," Wyclef said. "And he has a natural love for Haiti, understanding the history of Haiti. Haiti is the first black republic. He reminded me of a modern Tupac, in a sense—in a revolutionary sense." Young Thug will be featured on "I Swear," a song from the upcoming J'ouvert EP.

He also discussed the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where it's estimated that over 1000 people have died in the last week. "The urgency right now is for shelter, wearables, and food and medicine," Wyclef explained. "When you first met me, at the time [1997] I felt like, “I can save the entire island!” Like, “I can take 15 million people and save ‘em.” But what I’ve found out since is, you have to be calm and figure out who’s already down there, like the UN, because the shit gotta get to the people. So we’re figuring it out."

Wyclef Jean's J'ouvert EP is due out in November. Read the full interview here.

Wyclef Jean On Young Thug: “He Reminded Me Of A Modern Tupac”