The Preacher's Son

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With his fourth solo disc, Wyclef Jean seems to have finally accepted that the chances of a Fugees reunion are slim-to-none. Instead of blaming his former bandmates for the group's demise, as he did on the bitter "Where Fugees At?" from 2000's The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, he sings a different tune on the largely acoustic "Grateful," musing, "Could have been Lauryn, perhaps it was Pras, probably the mirror lookin' dead in my eyes." And by letting go of the bittersweet past and leaving Sony for Clive Davis's J Records, the charismatic producer and rap griot forges ahead and continues to push the boundaries of hip-hop. As on his previous discs, Jean enlists an ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
With his fourth solo disc, Wyclef Jean seems to have finally accepted that the chances of a Fugees reunion are slim-to-none. Instead of blaming his former bandmates for the group's demise, as he did on the bitter "Where Fugees At?" from 2000's The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, he sings a different tune on the largely acoustic "Grateful," musing, "Could have been Lauryn, perhaps it was Pras, probably the mirror lookin' dead in my eyes." And by letting go of the bittersweet past and leaving Sony for Clive Davis's J Records, the charismatic producer and rap griot forges ahead and continues to push the boundaries of hip-hop. As on his previous discs, Jean enlists an eclectic lineup of guest artists, though this time there aren't any jarring cameos by the Rock or Kenny Rogers, as on The Ecleftic. Musically, Clef alternates between politically charged tunes and comical party jams, and he's still splicing genres -- from world music to doo-wop -- but this time out his sound is more akin to the pop-accessible brand of hip-hop that made his defunct rap trio multiple Grammy winners. The poignantly titled The Preacher's Son Wyclef's father, a preacher, died in 2001 starts off with the sobering "Industry," which questions the morality of the music industry and pays homage to fallen stars Tupac, Biggie, Left Eye, and Jam Master Jay and then seamlessly switches gears to the bhangra-accented "Party to Damascus," featuring the ever-amusing Missy Elliott. The good vibrations continue on the nostalgic soul of "Celebrate," featuring Patti LaBelle, and the soca-tinged "Party by the Sea," featuring reggae star Buju Banton. Although he has yet to reach the same heights as a solo artist as Ms. Hill, with The Preacher's Son Wyclef may be well on his way.
All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
2003 had so far been a great year for Wyclef. A new label deal with J Records, a greatest-hits compilation, and guest production work for artists kept him at the top of the hip-hop game without actually having to release a solo album. However, Clef decided that these things were simply not enough and had to come out with The Preacher's Son. Easily a redemption for the 2002's marginal Masquerade, Preacher's Son finds Wyclef re-energized right from the opening moments aside from the extremely out of place introduction by comedian/pitch guy Steve Harvey. Preacher's Son starts off with a one-two punch: the left hook of "Industry" finds Wyclef making a wish list to reverse several of the tragedies and battles hip-hop had endured over the past decade "Imagine if Biggie and Pac never got shot/Nas and Jay-Z they were still homies/Squash the beef with Ja Rule and 50/Benzino shook hands with Eminem/And on the same record I heard Eve, Foxy and Kim" and the right hook of "Party to Damascus," a bumped-up track featuring Missy Elliott delivering one of her signature raunchy freestyles. Preacher's Son doesn't let up there either thanks to an armada of guest cameos from Patti LaBelle, Redman, Carlos Santana, Scarface, and Monica, just to name a few. And unlike most rap albums, which rely on these guest appearances to carry the weight of the record's impact, these contributions only complement the stellar songwriting, arrangements, and production style that has made Wyclef one of the most in-demand producers of the 2000s and '90s. As with most records, there's a bit of filler that could be trimmed to make a great record into a phenomenal one, but it's easy to forgive when the quality is so high. The Preacher's Son is a welcome return to form and easily one of the biggest highlights of Wyclef's career.
Blender - Chairman Mao
On The Preacher's Son, he's savvy enough to work it with Missy Elliott ("Party to Damascus"), mine the lite Latin grooves that revitalized Carlos Santana ("Me and My Guitar") and trade Slick Rick interpolations with Monica over jingling fretwork courtesy of U2's the Edge ("Class Reunion").

On The Preacher's Son, he's savvy enough to work it with Missy Elliott ("Party to Damascus"), mine the lite Latin grooves that revitalized Carlos Santana ("Me and My Guitar") and trade Slick Rick interpolations with Monica over jingling fretwork courtesy of U2's the Edge ("Class Reunion").
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 828765542593
  • Catalog Number: 55425

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:29)
  2. 2 Industry (3:03)
  3. 3 Party to Damascus (4:03)
  4. 4 Celebrate - Cassidy (4:19)
  5. 5 Baby Daddy (4:01)
  6. 6 Three Nights in Rio (4:03)
  7. 7 Class Reunion (3:52)
  8. 8 Baby (4:08)
  9. 9 I Am Your Doctor - Elephant Man (4:09)
  10. 10 Linda - Carl Restivo (4:11)
  11. 11 Take Me as I Am - Sharissa (4:18)
  12. 12 Grateful (3:38)
  13. 13 Next Generation - Rah Digga (4:40)
  14. 14 Rebel Music - Prodigy (3:57)
  15. 15 Who Gave the Order (4:23)
  16. 16 Party by the Sea - T-Vice (3:55)
  17. 17 Party to Damascus (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wyclef Jean Primary Artist, Vocals
Patti LaBelle Vocals, Guest Appearance
Scarface Vocals, Guest Appearance
Redman Vocals, Guest Appearance
Yami Bolo Background Vocals
Buju Banton Vocals, Guest Appearance
The Edge Guitar
Robert Aaron Flute, Piano
Mary Brown Background Vocals
Ed Calle Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Christopher Farr Saxophone
Renee Neufville Background Vocals
John Kricker Trombone
Jason Carder Trumpet
Carlos Santana Guitar, Guest Appearance
Wayne Wonder & Sanchez Vocals, Guest Appearance
Missy Elliott Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jim Hacker Trumpet
Malik Pendleton Background Vocals
Richard Bravo Percussion
Rah Digga Vocals, Guest Appearance
T-Vice Vocals, Guest Appearance
Elephant Man Vocals, Guest Appearance
Prodigy Vocals, Guest Appearance
Melky Jean Background Vocals
Sharissa Vocals, Guest Appearance
Matt Cappy Trumpet
Carl Restivo Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Milton Salceda Piano
Technical Credits
Patti LaBelle Composer
Bobby Rush Composer
Albert Johnson Composer
Mark Myrie Composer
Reggie Noble Composer
Paul Riser Composer
Camilo Valencia Horn Arrangements
Andy Grassi Engineer
Kevin Myers Engineer
Brad Jordan Composer
Teflon Producer
Missy Elliott Composer
Wyclef Jean Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Malik Pendleton Composer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Scott Kieklak Engineer
Roberto Juan Martínez Composer
A.R. Rahman Composer
Joe Yannece Mastering
Sheldon Harris Composer
William Witherspoon Composer
Appolon "Chap" Noel Engineer
Veronica Fletcher Groomer
Serge Tsai Engineer
J. Dean Composer
Rashia Fisher Composer
Carl Restivo Composer
Carlos Bedoya Engineer
Demacio Castellon Engineer
Terry Granot translation
Jessica Harley Executive Producer
Sedeck Jean Producer, Executive Producer
Renel Duplessis Executive Producer
Anand Bakshi Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWSOME CD!!!!

    This CD is very good. I bought it last week and can't stop listening to it! It is almost as Clef's other CD Masquerade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FINALLY!!!! A TRUE ARTIST

    Wyclef has been one of the best artist in the world. his music is totally different from any other artists. he preaches peace and love in this album.his love for hip hop will take hip hop to another level, he will change the way people see hip hop, and hopefully will stop the "beef" between all the other artists, because we can not afford to loose artists like we lost BIG and PAC. keep up the good job wyclef and may God bless you...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    he never stop to amaze me

    peace!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wyclef Did It Again!

    I love this album. Wyclef is such a gifted artist. You go through so many different genres. From Hip-Hop to oldies R&B to modern R&B to reggae and Latin flavas. He is so creative, and his creativity reflects on this album. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MOST BRILLIANT OF WYCLEF'S WORKS. IT'S A CD WORTH HAVING

    CLEF IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSICIAN. THIS CD IS VERY INTELLIGENT, HAS GREAT FLAVOR AND TASTE. IT'S AN ALBUM WORTH HAVING. GREAT CREATIVE WORKS. I LOVE HIS COLLABORATION WITH CARLOS SANTANA TWO GREAT LEGENDS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wyclef? Why not?!!!

    Wyclef Jean is a talented artist that has kept the Beat in versitile rap. His album "Ecleftic" really showed us his talents. If you're into rock? rap and soul then buy "The preachers son".

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