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Wyclef is making an 'insane' mixtape

From BBC - November 10, 2017

Fugees star Wyclef Jean is throwing down the gauntlet to younger hip-hop artists with a mixtape featuring his take on the year's biggest songs.

He will rework tracks like Kendrick Lamar's DNA and Young Thug and Future's Killed Before - adding his own beats and lyrics to the originals.

"It's going to be insane," he told the BBC. "Because, at the end of the day, can I go bar-for-bar with Kendrick?

"You know I can - but to a kid, it's going to sound pretty amazing."

Wyclef found fame as a member of the 1990s hip-hop crew The Fugees, whose hits included Ready Or Not and Killing Me Softly.

Since then, he's produced worldwide hits such as Shakira's Hips Do not Lie, Destiny's Child's No, No, No and Santana's Maria Maria - which was heavy sampled this year's hit single Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled and Rihanna.

He said the mixtape, called Inspired, will "mess with the kids the same way they mess with my material".

"They already called me a genius - but the true genius is what? When you are able to reinvent genius over and over again."

British star Giggs is among the artists to get a "Wyclef flip" on a new version of his swaggering grime anthem Ultimate Gangsta.

"He does not even know that I did it," Wyclef told the BBC. "So you actually have the breaking news."

The Haitian star said the mixtape would be unveiled "in a couple of days" - following hot on the heels of his eighth album, Carnival III, which came out in September.

"As a kid I was always like, 'What the hell? Why do I have to wait to put out music?'" he explained.

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