Wyclef Jean's new EP is out today, and the Guardian caught up with him. He sometimes speaks in the third person, and knows he's the man: "Fans on Twitter call me the modern-day Fela or Marley or Dylan, you know."
After the Haitian electoral commission decided that the New Jersey resident was ineligible to run for president, Wyclef went with a scorched earth policy and slammed the nation's government, public institutions, aid workers and everyone else who wouldn't kiss his ass. But now he's getting the last word with his hot new EP, "If I Were President." Feel the lyrical genius of Wyclef with a sample from "Death Threats":
I guess I won't get the peace prize/ Because I have a rifle laying by my bedside. If you come at me like that, then I have no choice but to get armed up. Ready for whoever, however they might come, because at the end of the day I was better alive than dead. I wasn't trying to be a martyr, you feel me?"
The last thing Wyclef would ever want is for people to see him as a martyr. And what's up with all of these people who want to kill him in his sleep? That's basically like wanting to kill Jesus. But he's got a lot of Twitter followers, so everything should be ok. And how does Wyclef see himself? He tells the Guardian:
He's a Grammy winner, he started a foundation, he has millions of fans around the world, he ran for president at a time when his country really needed him. The vibe you get from Bob Marley or Fela Kuti, that's the kind of legacy I want to leave."
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