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  • Wyclef Jean

    Wyclef Jeanelle Jean (born October 17, 1969) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning Haitian-American rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and politician. At age nine, Jean moved to the United States with his family and has spent much of his life in the country. He first received fame as a member of the acclaimed New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees.

    On August 5, 2010, Jean filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election, although the Electoral Commission subsequently ruled him ineligible to stand as he had not met the requirement to have been resident in Haiti for five years.

    Jean's efforts at earthquake relief, highly publicized in 2010 throughout Haiti and the United States, were channeled through his charitable organization, Yéle Haiti. The charity, which performed a variety of charitable works in Haiti between 2005 and 2010, effectively closed in 2012 after much controversy.

    "The Carnival" is the debut album released by American hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. Released on June 24, 1997, Jean also served as the album's executive producer. The album encompasses many musical genres, including hip hop, reggae, folk, disco, soul, Son Cubano and Haitian music. The album features guest appearances from Celia Cruz, The Neville Brothers and Jean's bandmates from The Fugees, Lauryn Hill and Pras. The Carnival spawned the singles "Gone Till November", "We Trying to Stay Alive", "Guantanamera" and "To All the Girls". The album features skits between many of its songs, most of them set in a fictional trial for Wyclef Jean, in which he is accused of being "a player" and a "bad influence". The final three songs on the album are sung in Haitian Creole. The album sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and was RIAA certified 2x Platinum. In 2005, comedian Chris Rock ranked it 16th on his list of the Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums ever.

    The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book is the second studio album released by American hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. It was certified platinum in the UK in 2001. The album features a guest appearance from Kenny Rogers, contributing a variation of the chorus from his 1978 number-one hit "The Gambler." Track 18, "Bus Search", is a spoken-word mini drama, in which Jean's tour bus is stopped by two Police officers, one of whom threatens to make them empty the bus' contents unless they play him something by Pink Floyd. The following track is a cover of the latter's "Wish You Were Here", overlaid with Jean rapping about the band.

    Masquerade is the third studio album released by American hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. The album was released on July 18, 2002. The album was one of the first albums released by Columbia records that is unable to play on a PC or Mac. The album features the singles "Two Wrongs", "Pussycat" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door". Tom Jones makes a guest appearance on the album, singing his rendition of "Pussycat".

    The Preacher's Son is the fourth studio album released by rapper Wyclef Jean. The album was released on November 4, 2003. The album is produced by Jean and Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, and mixes the use of instruments with the use of samples. It contains many guest appearances, such as Patti LaBelle, Rah Digga and Redman. It also contains a guest guitar appearance by Carlos Santana on the song "Three Nights In Rio." It contains the popular single "Party To Damascus", as well as its remix, which both feature Missy Elliott.

    Welcome To Haiti: Creole 101 is the fifth studio album released by Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. The album was released on October 5, 2004. The album is a contrast to Jean's previous albums, as many of the track are Caribbean-influenced and sung in different languages. President was the only single released from the album. The album's tracklisting differs between the United States and Europe.

    Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant is the sixth studio album by former Fugees member Wyclef Jean, released in 2007 as the sequel to his first solo album, The Carnival. Speaking to noted urban writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning 'Blues & Soul' in September 2007, Wyclef explained his thinking behind the album: "Titling it 'The Carnival 2' was down to 'The Carnival' back in '97 being my first multi-cultural CD. It had rhythms from all over the world, and in that way this new record is the sequel. You know, there's a revolution of culture going on around the world today where the United Nations is everywhere! You go into a room, and everybody's from a different country. It's like we're ALL immigrants! Some of these people may be listening to bhangra, some to hip hop, some to rock... And, when you put that fusion together, it unites people through music.

    From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion is the seventh studio album by musician Wyclef Jean. The album was released on November 10, 2009. It is a concept album telling the story of the fictional character Toussaint St Jean, who is based on the 18th century Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture. Two singles were released from the album: "Warrior's Anthem", released on October 13, and "You Don't Wanna Go Outside", release on November 3. "We Made It" and "More Bottles" were also released as promotional only singles via Wyclef's official blog.

    Wyclef Jean's EP named From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion was released on November 10, 2009. It includes 17 tracks, featuring Cyndi Lauper, Timbaland, Eve, and Lil' Kim. In this album, Wyclef uses the alias Toussaint St. Jean, his alter ego, when he raps.

    Wyclef Jean's upcoming self-entitled studio album was due to be released in 2011, has still yet to be released. "Hold On," the lead single from the project, will feature Dancehall artist Mavado.
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  • Chamillionaire

    Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire was also the founder and an original member of The Color Changin' Click until the group split in 2005. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chamillionaire has an estimated net worth of $15,000,000.

    He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including collaboration album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles "Turn It Up" featuring Lil' Flip and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Ultimate Victory followed in 2007, which was notable for not containing any profanity. The first single Chamillionaire released for this album was Hip Hop Police, this featured Grammy-nominated British- American rapper; Slick Rick.

    In early 2011, he left his Universal Records, which would lead to his would-be third album, Venom, to go unreleased. Chamillionaire released his first independent extended play; Ammunition in March 2012 and was noted as his first major release since he left the label. Chamillionaire announced that he is working on another EP, titled Elevate, this was released on 17 February 2013. He said it is going to be one of several to be released before his third studio album; Poison.
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  • Young Buck

    David Darnell Brown (born March 15, 1981), also known as Young Buck, is an American rapper, actor, and producer. Buck is a former member of the hip hop groups UTP Playas & G-Unit. He currently resides as president of his own record label, Ca$hville Records. As of August 6, 2012 Young Buck is serving 18 months in Yazoo City Medium Security Federal Prison for gun possession. His release date is scheduled for November 26, 2013.

    After leaving UTP Records in 2003, Young Buck would link up with up and coming rap titan 50 Cent who was already making waves with his outfit G-Unit. Looking to broaden his empire 50 Cent was quick to sign Young Buck to his G-Unit imprint and also welcome his as one of the newest members of the rap group G-Unit.

    Young Buck would first begin his career with G-Unit Records in 2003 when the rap group G-Unit released their first debut album Beg for Mercy. As the album was recorded, Tony Yayo was sentenced to jail on charges of gun possession, and so makes only two appearances on the entire record, on the tracks "Groupie Love" and "I Smell Pussy". His image is seen on the brick wall of the album cover because he could not be photographed due to the jail sentence. At the time of the album's release, rapper The Game was put in G-Unit therefore he is not photographed nor does he make an appearance on the album. He does, however, make cameos in the videos for Stunt 101, Wanna Get To Know You, and Poppin' Them Thangs. He was further mentioned in Poppin' Them Thangs when Young Buck states "You ain't no Crip like Snoop you ain't no Blood like Game". In its first week of sales, Beg for Mercy sold 377,000 copies, placing third behind Tupac Shakur's eighth posthumous release, Tupac: Resurrection, which moved 430,000 albums, and Jay-Z's The Black Album, which sold 463,263 copies. It sold 327,000 copies in its second week to peak at number 2 on the Billboard 200, and 193,000 in its third week. It has now sold 2.7 million units in the U.S. and over 6 million copies worldwide. It has been certified 2× platinum by the RIAA.

    On August 24, 2004 Young Buck would release his G-Unit Records debut album Straight Outta Cashville, The album's title alludes to the N.W.A. album Straight Outta Compton and is a neologism for Nashville (his hometown). The singles from this album include "Let Me In", "Shorty Wanna Ride", and "Look at Me Now". It features a lot of rappers outside of G-Unit such as Lil' Flip, David Banner, D-Tay, Ludacris, Game, Stat Quo and production from Lil Jon, Kon Artis, and more. The album received very little promotion after November because of the VIBE award incident, after which Young Buck was arrested for assault. Though the case was dropped it had been four months since Young Buck himself had promoted the album. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with about 261,000 copies sold, in the first week, and has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

    Following his debut album Buck would join forces with the rest of the G-Unit roster at the time to release a collaboration album Get Rich or Die Tryin' in 2005, soon after Bucks second album Buck The World in 2007 would follow. Before the departure of Young Buck the highly publicised feud between G Unit and their former west coast counterpart Game (rapper) had split the fanbase of the outfit in two with many fans taking sides with the Compton native. As the feud between G Unit and Young Buck was simmering behind the scenes 50 Cent released a phone call he had taped between him and Young Buck in which an emotional Buck was heard crying and asking 50 Cent for help and advice. Buck would take this personal and release several tracks towards 50 Cent and G-Unit. Buck is still signed and legally obligated to release a studio album via G-Unit Records.

    In August 2012 Young Buck stated in an interview with XXL he was no longer signed to G-Unit Records and he would be a free agent when he is released fom prison.
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