Personnel includes: Wyclef Jean (vocals); Andy Grassi (vocals, guitar); The Rock, Mary J. Blige, Youssou N' Dour, MB2, The Product G&B, Melky Sedek, Hope, James Bean, Warshini Soobiah, Hiro Tahara, Andy Grassi, Freddy Ricks, Beast, Small World, 718-Crew, Supreme C, Marie Antoinette, Kenny Rogers (vocals); Dadi Beaubrun (various instruments, guitar, bass); Earth Wind & Fire (various instruments); Robert Aaron (horns); Nija Battle, Joe DiMarco (background vocals).
Producers: Wyclef Jean, Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis, Salaam Remi, Sedeck.
Engineers include: Glen Marchese, Flip Osman, Gary "Mon" Noble.
"911" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Wyclef Jean's sophomore album ECLEFTIC begins with a phone conversation between label executive Tommy Mottola and him. In the skit, Mottola is yelling for another Fugees album, which has been the sentiment of most Fugees fans--they've been waiting for the trio's follow-up to their multi-platinum album, THE SCORE. Wyclef answers with yet another individual, glowing musical contribution.
ECLEFTIC blends a variety of musical influences, mixing reggae, rock, and pop into 'Clef's own brand of hip-hop. He answers the Fugee questions with "Where Fugee At," and addresses political issues with the heartfelt "Diallo." He also stretches hip-hop boundaries by using both the wrestler The Rock on the chorus of "It Doesn't Matter," and country star Kenny Rogers in a skit. If ECLEFTIC doesn't move its listeners, no Fugee album will.
Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.113) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000".
Rolling Stone (8/3/00, pp.51-2) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The most pleasingly direct yet musically adventurous hip-hop LP you're likely to hear all year..."
CMJ (9/4/00, p.30) - "...An album that will break all format boundaries once and for all..."
Vibe (8/00, p.162) - "...'Diallo' provides for the most emotionally compelling vocal performance of [his] career..."
The Source (8/00, pp.223-4) - 4.5 mics out of 5 - "...A blueprint that'll give this art more depth....Clef shows off his guitar skills, travels to places rap music hasn't been seen since Bambaataa toured the world....one helluva creation....Clef pulls it off and the Fugee stamp lives on..."
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