After the 12-track set made its way to the internet, Billboard published a Q&A with the Haitian singer-songwriter. Jean spoke about the recent trend of musicians - such as Drake - incorporating Caribbean and Afrobeat sounds into their work.
I think it’s all good because what happens is that it spreads the math to a mass that wouldn’t normally get it. When that happens, it allows a new Wyclef to come in that people might not have seen yet coming. It allows a new Shakira or a new Daddy Yankee to come in. People who wouldn’t normally be open to that music might be more open because it’s being used in pop culture... Hardcore fans are always going to have their opinions and they’re supposed to because they’re all about preservation of culture.
The 47-year-old Grammy Award recipient was also asked how he thinks a modern-day album from his fellow founding Fugees member Lauryn Hill would fit into the musical landscape of 2017. Hill has not released a solo studio album since 1998's masterful The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Lauryn is like…once again, it don’t matter. That’s like saying how would a Wyclef song fit. Our music ain’t for no time period. Funkmaster Flex played a Fugee leak the other day on Hot 97. That record is 13 years old. Me and Lauryn were like, "This is not no new Fugees." I could speak for her, because I’ve known her since she was 14. You’ve got these artists and they’re just different because they don’t do music, they do vibrations. So it doesn’t matter what era they come.
Jean's Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee features D.L. Hughley, Teddy Riley, Emeli Sandé, Zoe Dollaz, and other acts. The original The Carnival debuted in 1997 and included the Top 10 hit "Gone till November."
Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant arrived in 2007. Lil Wayne, T.I., Akon, Mary J. Blige, Chamillionaire, will.i.am, Shakira, and Sizzla were among the artists to contribute to the initial sequel.
Read Billboard's full interview with Wyclef Jean at the link below.