This Week’s #TapeTuesday! Wyclef Jean presents “The Carnival”

Here's your #TapeTuesday. Recorded during the media hail storm of The Fugees' hugely successful The Score album, Wyclef Jean saw the writing on the wall and decided to create this solo album which was released June 1997. A solo album only in name, The Carnival featured multiple appearances by Lauryn Hill and Pras as well as Celia Cruz and The Neville Brothers. While The Score was mainly a hip hop album, The Carnival was a celebration of dozens of musical styles like reggae, folk, disco, Cubano and the Haitian music of Wyclef's upbringing. Wyclef showed his musical chops playing multiple instruments and singing some of the songs in Haitian Creole. The result was a continuation of the success found with The Fugees and won Wyclef a Grammy for his pop-rock single "Gone Til November" in 1999. However, the aftermath of The Carnival found The Fugees splintering. Lauryn Hill would release her solo album The Miseducation Of a year later to rapturous applause after having a child with Bob Marley's son Rohan. Wyclef would not appear on Lauryns album and it appears that their working partnership is still dead in the water. A Fugees reunion album still has never happened. The power of The Score, The Carnival and The Miseducation Of still stand as three of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Tape purchased at Record Utopia, August 2015 for $.49. #WyclefJean #TheCarnival #LaurynHill #Pras #TheFugees #JohnForte #GoneTilNovember #WeTryingToStayAlive #Guantanamera #ToAllTheGirls #Sony #Columbia

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Every Tuesday night I have been posting a picture of a cassette tape from my collection. When I first fell in love with rock music, it was February 1995, I was 11 years old, and I was forced to buy cassette tapes instead of the then fashionable compact disc. To commemorate 20 years in love with rock music I decided to start #TapeTuesday. Here is the latest. Follow me on Instagram @andyderer.


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