Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee Allstars

Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee Allstars

by Wyclef Jean
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Overview

The Score was one of those rare hip-hop albums that came out of nowhere and rewrote the rules. In the aftermath of its success, many pundits predicted that rap would move away from gangsta and toward a richer, more varied existence. Given such heady praise, perhaps it was reasonable that Wyclef Jean, the guitarist and male rapper for the Fugees, decided to follow The Score with a solo project. However, Presents the Carnival comes across like Jean presenting his case that he is the true genius in the Fugees. And he's partially right. He has the ambition and drive common to many great artists, but he lacks the skills to fulfill his vision. Of course, the very fact that he has an original vision makes Jean one of the more compelling figures of late-'90s hip-hop. Not content to rely solely on hip-hop, Jean adds all manners of influences to his music. You can hear reggae, soul, disco, Caribbean rhythms, worldbeat, and opera scattered throughout The Carnival, giving the record the riotous atmosphere of its title. Even so, Jean occasionally tries too hard, forcing disparate genres to mix and spending more time on production than songwriting. But even with all its faults, The Carnival delivers great thrills when operating at full strength, demonstrating that Jean is at least half a genius. [The Carnival was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646820124
catalogNumber: 68201

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wyclef Jean   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Judy Mowatt   Background Vocals
New York Philharmonic   Track Performer
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Funkmaster Flex   scratching
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Bass
Will   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Pete Seeger   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Richard White   Graphic Design
Ph.D. A. Rae Price   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Joseíto Fernandez   Composer
P.C. Bailey   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Sonny Kompanek   Orchestral Arrangements
Salaam Remi   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Warren Riker   Engineer
M. Wright   Composer
L.A. Hill   Composer
H. Jackson   Composer
Wyclef Jean   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Rawle Gittens   Engineer
Lauryn Hill   Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer,Producer
Pras   Producer,Executive Producer
John Forté   Composer
José Martí   Composer
Greg Russell   Digital Imagery
Brian Dozoretz   Engineer
Nancie Stern   Sample Clearance
Will Kennedy   Digital Imagery
Julián Orbón   Composer

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