Purpose: An Immigrant's Story

Purpose: An Immigrant's Story

Wyclef Jean, Anthony Bozza

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0061966878

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Purpose is Wyclef Jean’s powerful story of a life rooted in struggle, soul-searching, art, and survival.

In his own voice the multi-platinum musician and producer shares everything, from his childhood in Haiti to his rise to the top of the American music scene. For the first time ever, Wyclef reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the Fugees, including his partnership with Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, the details of their award-winning album The Score, and the solo career that followed.

For fans of early Wyclef efforts like The Carnival or later albums like From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion—and for fans of books like Jay-Z’s Decoded or Russell SimmonsSuper Rich—Wyclef’s Purpose is an inspiring, one-of-a-kind look at one of the world’s most talented artists.

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finds the one who lies.” Mom had us brainwashed with this magic broom. It was never used for cleaning; its purpose was to learn the truth when her children had done something wrong and were lying about it. Whomever the broom pointed to was the guilty one. But before she went to the broom, Mom always gave us one last chance to step forward from the line if we were guilty of the crime. Eight times out of ten that would do it, because we were so scared of the broom coming out that one of us would

health regulations, but the truth was the smell. We had these conversations outside in the wind and they were already too overwhelmed by the Mexican goat. To be honest with you, we rolled with some pretty heavy dudes back then and I’m not sure how it all got worked out, but despite the club and the promoter’s better judgment, they let us bring our stinky little dude into the club. All of this took so long that by the time we got inside, it was time for us to go on. We stood in the wings with our

me ever since. I have always been concerned with my trajectory as an artist, but from that point, at the height of the Fugees’ career, I began to take into account my responsibility to the culture that shaped me. I also began to see that I could use the influence of my success to focus the attention where it was needed. That desire within me felt natural and at the time, it was one of the only things that I knew without a doubt to be stable and unchanging. It wasn’t easy to see something that

started bleeding everywhere, and though I was in pain, I kept yelling at her. I couldn’t control myself even though I knew I had no right. In the end, we talked it out, and she made me feel comfortable with whatever had happened by telling me the least that she had to. When you love someone you are willing to believe things that make no sense, or that you might not otherwise believe if you are thinking clearly. I came into the conversation feeling the truth, which was that they had been together,

can to help out, working on programs that are sustainable, that will hopefully become permanent, centering on vocational training. Haiti needs to train the youth to rebuild, giving them the tools to support their families and move the nation forward. It must start with moving rubble and building houses before we tackle the larger infrastructure. I’m also focused on tourism, and helping to create a market for the world to come and enjoy all of the natural beauty in Haiti. I have my work cut out

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