Wyclef Explains Leaving Columbia Records, His Dance Music Roots & Hip-Hop Activism
Upon walking into the crowded hotel room, I could already hear his soulful guitar riffs. Wyclef Jean was playing an acoustic version of his latest single “Divine Sorrow” in front of a camera. It was the first time I had seen him play the EDM song live. In my mind, I was immediately overwhelmed with a flash medley of all of his classic records from as far back as I could remember. In reality, he was casually sitting in front of me playing the fresh cordson his wood-grained guitar. He moved on to play his Carnival classic “Gone Til November” and freestyled a new verse off the top of his head. It was then I realized that he would never lose his touch, even if he gave politics another try.
The same force that tattooed The Fuguees into hip-hop is preparing to unleash a new body of work this year in a whole new way. After releasing seven albums through Columbia Records, Wyclef is jumping back into the game with Heads Music/PRMD Records, the label responsible for Avicii’s international success, backing his efforts. Wyclef let us in on why he chose to leave the label that helped launch his solo career.
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