Wyclef Jean is following up his latest single “Hendrix” with a new EP titled J’ouvert, a five song collection that serves as a sample of what’s to come in the form of forthcoming full-length album.
Out on September 30, J’ouvert takes its name from the official start of Carnival in the eastern Carribean. “My goal for J’ouvert was to pick up where I left off after ‘Sweetest Girl’ and [Shakira’s] ‘Hips Don’t Lie,'” Jean told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “I had these Caribbean sonics haunting my brain and I knew this EP would be the start to what would become the Carnival 3 album.”
So far the former Fugees member has released new tracks “My Girl” and “Hendrix,” as well as a follow up to the latter titled “Hendrix (Spanglish Remix),” which features Farina, Bryant Myers and Anonimous. “[Hendrix] speaks to the neighborhoods I grew up in and how it didn’t look like much. The devil, or the streets, offered drugs and cartel and I chose music,” Jean said in a statement. “Some homies chose the NBA, or we would see people like Shaq who are from Newark and see how they made it out the danger zone.”
As for Carnival III: Road To Clefication, the album is expected to drop some time next summer, coinciding with the 20 year anniversary of Jean’s critically acclaimed debut album, The Carnival. Afrojack, Avicii and Emeli Sandé have been confirmed for the forthcoming release. Jean’s last full-length release was 2009’s From The Hut, To The Projects, To The Mansion, while his most recent release was 2010’s If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, an EP that was released shortly after his presidential campaign in Haiti.
Until then J’ouvert will surely keep fans satisfied. Check out the track list below:
1. “Party Started”
2. “Holding on the Edge”
3. “For a Man”
5. “Camels to Ferraris”