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Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean, born Jeannel Wyclef Jean on October 17, 1969 in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, is a founding member of the musical group The Fugees. Along with neighbors and bandmates Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, The Fugees reached #1 on the Billboard chart with their 1996 album “The Score,” which included the remake of the song “Killing Me Softly.” Jean also had success as a solo artist. His debut solo album, “Carnival,” spawned the track “Gone Till November.” Jean is the mastermind behind popular songs including former bandmate Pras’ “Ghetto Superstar,” Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie,” Carlos Santana’s “Maria Maria,” and Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love.” He even had a hand in launching Beyonce’s career with Destiny’s Child’s breakout hit “No No No.” Jean has won three GRAMMYs for his work. He also appeared on the TV series “Nashville” in 2014. Jean was born in Haiti and lived with relatives while his mom and dad put down roots in the United States. At age nine, he moved to East Orange, NJ. His dad was a preacher and Jean grew up singing in church. He and wife Marie Claudenette adopted a daughter, Angelina Claudinelle, from his home country in 2005. The musician had an affair with fellow Fugee Lauryn Hill. He originally thought they had a baby together, but later learned that Rohan Marley is the biological father. Jean has kept close ties to his native land. Shaken to the core by a devastating earthquake, Jean announced he was running for president of Haiti in 2010, but his campaign was derailed because he did not meet citizenship requirements. He founded a charity called Yele Haiti, but it fell apart after mishandling $16 million in funds. Jean shares his story in a memoir titled, “Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story.” The singer was arrested in West Hollywood in March 2017 in a case of mistaken identity that he blames on racial profiling.

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Wyclef Jean -- Roaming NYC with ASSAULT RIFLE GUITAR

Wyclef Jean
Roaming NYC With ASSAULT RIFLE GUITAR

Wyclef Jean says he wants to convert weapons into music ... so he made himself a guitar shaped like an AK-47 ASSAULT RIFLE ... and whipped it out on the streets of NYC. Interesting concept ... but… READ MORE >

Lauryn Hill's Ex BF Rohan Marley -- Wyclef Jean is LYING, He Knew I Was the Daddy

Lauryn Hill's Ex BF
Wyclef is LYING! He Knew I Was the Daddy

Wyclef Jean's claim that Lauryn Hill duped him into thinking he knocked her up ... is "bulls**t" and a money-making ploy -- at least according to Lauryn's real baby daddy ... Rohan Marley.Wyclef… READ MORE >

- 1735 days ago
Wyclef Jean -- I'm NOT Mad at Lauryn Hill ... Anymore

Wyclef Jean
I'm NOT Mad at Lauryn Hill ... Anymore

Wyclef Jean says he's no longer angry with Lauryn Hill ... even though he says she falsely accused him of fathering her first child back in the day. Jean was out in NY last night when we asked… READ MORE >

- 1739 days ago
Wyclef Jean's Haitian Charity Accused of Impropriety

Wyclef Jean
His Haitian Charity Accused of Funny Money Business

Wyclef Jean and his former charity, Yele Haiti, are facing new allegations that the bulk of the money they raised for the people of Haiti after the earthquake was misappropriated ... and some went… READ MORE >

- 2036 days ago
Wyclef Jean -- Shot in Haiti, Released from Hospital

Wyclef Jean -- Shot in Haiti, Released from Hospital

Wyclef Jean was shot in the hand yesterday just outside Port-au-Prince in Haiti.He was treated at a local hospital and released. A rep for the singer said the bullet just grazed his hand and he's… READ MORE >

- 2288 days ago
Sean Penn & Wyclef -- No More HATE-ee, The VIDEO

Sean Penn & Wyclef
No More HATE-ee, The VIDEO

Moments after Sean Penn and Wyclef Jean buried the hatchet in their nasty feud over Haiti ... they were ripping it up on stage at a benefit show -- and TMZ's obtained video of their peace… READ MORE >

- 2321 days ago
Wyclef Accused of Stealing Rap Song from 1996

Wyclef Accused of Stealing Rap Song from 1996

Wyclef Jean is accused of ripping off a beat from the '90s rap group Blahzay Blahzay and using it on his album back in 2007 -- and now the group wants $2 million to make things right. The two… READ MORE >

- 2404 days ago
Wyclef Jean Hospitalized -- Stressed Out

Wyclef Jean Hospitalized -- Stressed Out

Wyclef Jean's brief stint in politics was too much for him to handle -- he was hospitalized for fatigue this weekend.According to his rep, Jean -- who abandoned his bid for the Haitian presidency… READ MORE >

- 2461 days ago
Wyclef Jean Declared Ineligible for Haitian Presidency

Wyclef Jean Declared Ineligible for Haitian Presidency

Wyclef Jean will not be allowed to run for the presidency of Haiti, this according to the election council there.His candidacy was rejected because he didn't meet the residency requirements -- he… READ MORE >

- 2499 days ago
Wyclef Rival - Haiti Presidential Run 'Not a Good Thing'

Wyclef Rival - Haiti Presidential Run 'Not a Good Thing'

Wyclef Jean has at least one critic who thinks his pursuit of the Haitian presidency is "not a good thing" -- and it happens to be a musical rival who sued the former Fugee just last year. TMZ… READ MORE >

- 2514 days ago
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