Wyclef Jean is a Haitian musician whose band, the Fugees, hit it big in the mid-1990s with ‘The Score.’ With a distinctive lilt to his voice, Wyclef Jean fit perfectly into the makeup of the Fugees, the group with which he would find international fame in the 1990s, and whose signature sound blended rugged rhymes and sweet songs. Later a solo artist, Wyclef’s life has at times been dominated by politics – there was an abortive attempt to run for president of Haiti in 2010, and subsequent controversy surrounding a charity he established. With his eyes on other things, he hasn’t released a solo album since 2009, but has kept his hand in with occasional guest appearances.

Wyclef Jean was born Nel Ust Wyclef Jean on October 17, 1969, in the small town of Croix-des-Bouquets, just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Jean was one of four children — three sons and a daughter — born to pastor Gesner Jean and his wife, Yolanda.When Wyclef was nine years old, his family moved to the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, New York. “When I got to America,” Jean later told Ebony magazine, “I was expecting to see money falling from the sky.” But the Marlboro housing projects, where Jean and his family lived, didn’t live up to Jean’s expectations. Nevertheless, the opportunities available in America were plentiful compared to those in Haiti.