Life has a crazy way of coming full circle. Back in 2013 I met Wyclef Jean at a video shoot here in Hartford, CT. He was shooting a video with Uncle Murda to a song called "Pop Ya Belly Ring" and a model that I managed, at the time, got casted for it (random, I know). This was one of the first times I'd ever been behind the scenes at a music video, with notable artists, green screens, Ferraris and all! Truly a day that helped push me in the direction of the music business, an absolute dream come true.
Welp, that video was never released for whatever reason but we kicked it with Wyclef and got photos and life long memories so it was cool!
So, this month when I got called to attend a show here in CT where the legend would be performing I knew I had to go see him live. I reintroduced myself and mentioned the video shoot from back in the day, and the reminiscing became so easy! It was refreshing to know he remembered that day and details about some of the people there. I told him what I've been up to since then, and naturally an interview happened.
His perspective on what music has become today is very significant to me since he's been apart of music for over 20 years, since the Fugee's first album Blunted on Reality in 1994. During the interview he shared advice for upcoming artists and musicians, and how adapting to the times is what has kept such longevity in his career.
Jean's performance was far from what I expected and I now have a new level of respect for his artistry. This man not only played the guitar, sang, rapped, and worked the stage, but he also DJ'd his own set!!!! SON. All while crowd surfing and sharing blunts with the audience. He has exceeded what it means to be a performer and in my short interview you can feel the energy from him on stage. INCREDIBLE.
Watch and share this interview with all artist that need a boost in creativity because Wyclef Jean is THEE example.
By: Tia Long