Nel Ust Wyclef Jean
Nel, Chef, Wyclef
Wyclef Jean went to the Vailsburg High School in Newark, New Jersey.
After graduating from high school, he got enrolled at the Eastern Nazarene College but left after a short time.
Wyclef studied at the Galesburg High School and also at Five Towns College in New York City for a semester.
In 2009, he got admission at the Berklee College of Music.
Rapper, Musician, and Actor
- Father – Reverend Gesner Jean (Pastor)
- Mother – Yolanda Jean
- Siblings – Blandinna Melky Jean (Younger Sister) (Musician, Singer and Member of hip hop duo Melky Sedeck), Farel Sedeck Guerschom Jean (Younger Brother) (Musician, Singer and Member of hip hop duo Melky Sedeck). He has two other siblings as well.
- Others – Pras Michel (Cousin) (Singer, Musician, and Actor), Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis (Cousin) (Singer, Songwriter and Music Composer), Renel Duplessis (Cousin), Raymond Alcide Joseph (Uncle) (Journalist, Diplomat, and Political Activist)
Wyclef Jean is represented by
- Paradigm Talent Agency
- Orlando John Agency
Hip hop, Reggae Fusion, R&B, Soul, Neo Soul
Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Sampler, and Synthesizer
5 ft 11 in or 180 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Wyclef Jean has dated –
- Lauryn Hill – Wyclef was reported to have dated his Fugees groupmate Lauryn Hill during the band’s formative years. He had an affair with her while he was married to Marie Claudinette. Wyclef even occasionally hinted that he might be a father of her first child. However, Rohan Marley who is Lauryn’s first child’s actual father refuted these claims.
- Karrine Steffans – In her memoirs, former stripper and model Karrine Steffans claimed that Wyclef had a steamy affair with her. However, she stated that his breath was stinky.
- Marie Claudinette (1994-Present) – Jean got married to fashion designer Marie Claudinette in 1994. They had been dating for quite some time before tying the knot. In 2005, they adopted a daughter whom they named Angelina Claudinelle Jean. The couple renewed their marriage vows in August 2009.
Race / Ethnicity
Earlier, his hair color was “Black”.
- Bushy Beard
His body specifications may be –
- Chest – 44 in or 112 cm
- Arms / Biceps – 15 in or 38 cm
- Waist – 34 in or 86 cm
Wyclef has appeared in the TV commercials for –
- Virgin Mobile (2002)
Also, his music was used in a TV advert for Fiat 124 Spider car. The advert was titled Free like a Bird.
Best Known For
The popularity and critical acclaim garnered by some of his music albums such as The Score (1997) and Killing me Softly (1997).
In 1997, he released his debut studio album The Carnival. It managed to reach the 4th spot on the R&B and Hip Hop charts and even garnered 2 Grammy nominations.
He made his debut theatrical film appearance in the Jamaican crime film Shottas as Richie Effs in 2002.
First TV Show
In April 1996, Wyclef made his TV show debut in the comedy and music series, Showtime At The Apollo.
Wyclef has a pretty disciplined and consistent workout routine, which has kept him in good shape even after crossing 50. According to an interview, he likes to hit the gym and lift heavy. He doesn’t rely only on the gym to workout and exercises at any place where he can find some space. His home workouts consist of yoga and gymnastics moves and some bodyweight exercises such as push-ups and dips.
When it comes to food, he focuses on eating from the earth and organic food items. To make sure that he doesn’t eat unhealthy while on tour, Wyclef travels with his juicer.
Wyclef Jean Favorite Things
- Food – Red snapper with white rice
- Celebrity Crush – Angelina Jolie
- Song – Karma Chameleon (By Boy George)
- Movie – Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
- Clothing – Red Speedo
- Ice Cream Flavor – Strawberry
- Coffee – Black with brown sugar
- Emoji – The red heart
- Curse Word – Motherf**ker
- Wine – Merlot
- Social Media App – Facebook Mentions
- TV Show – SATC, Sopranos, Game of Thrones
- Singers – Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday
Source – Style Caster, Soul Cycle
Wyclef Jean Facts
- The rapper lived with his grandmother after his parents, who moved to the United States, left him to her care when he was just one-year-old.
- He reunited with his family at the age of 13, when in 1982, he immigrated to the United States.
- At 6, he started working, and his first job was to milk cows in Haiti village. Wyclef got 5 cents for the chore. He also shepherded cows to earn money.
- When he first moved to the United States, he could only converse in French. Wyclef learned how to speak English from rap songs.
- It was his mother who first noticed and sensed his interest in music. She gifted him a guitar in hopes that it would keep him occupied from local gang activities.
- His music influences as a child were reggae artist Bigga Haitian, MC Tiger Paw Raw and producer Lobster v. Crab.
- In his struggling days, Wyclef worked at a local McDonald’s store. He also worked as a cab driver for some time.
- He was first offered a record deal when he was a minor. However, the deal couldn’t be signed as his pastor father refused to give his consent as he felt his son was playing the devil’s music.
- In the 80s, Jean and his cousin Michel formed the rap band Exact Change. The duo made rap music in 6 languages and later changed the band name to Tranzlator Crew.
- They had to rename their band after another band called Translator filed a lawsuit against them. Fugees, which was a short version for refugees was finalized as the new name.
- He participated in the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert held after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Wyclef sang Bob Marley’s Redemption Song.
- In 2003, Wyclef was a music producer and writer for the soundtrack of Jonathan Demme’s documentary The Agronomist, about the Haitian activist and radio personality Jean Dominique.
- Wyclef confirmed his candidature for the Haitian presidential elections in 2010. However, his candidacy got rejected as he hadn’t been a Haitian citizen for the last five years.
- In 2012, his book Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story, in which he shared his experience as an immigrant in the United States, was published.
- He has established the Clef Kids Foundation, which has worked to support the inner city youth and ensured that they didn’t take the wrong path.
- In the aftermath of Hurricane Jeanne’s destruction, the Wyclef Jean Foundation provided scholarships to 3,600 students in Gonaïves, Haiti.
- His charity was officially closed in 2012 after it was subject to multiple lawsuits in Haiti, over unpaid debts.
- Haiti President Michel Martelly bestowed Wyclef Jean with the National Order of Honour and Merit to the rank of Grand Officer in 2011. He received the honor for his dedication to promoting Haiti across the world.
- Dwayne Johnson brought him in to create a theme song for his WWF character The Rock. The theme song was titled It Doesn’t Matter.
- He got enlisted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2017.
- Visit his official website @ Wyclef.com.
- Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, and MySpace.