Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival (feat. Refugee Allstars)
Wyclef Jean: Gone Til November
Fun fact about your beloved, brilliant, awesome, handsome, kind-hearted (I’d keep going, but I’m not one for bragging) Tumblr Presidential historian: This is definitely in my Top 5 list of favorite songs of all-time. The order of the Top 5 (and even some of the songs in the Top 5) shifts around, but Gone Til November has a permanent spot and it’s usually near the top of the list.
For those of you wondering why I’ve been posting so many songs recently from Wyclef’s The Carnival, it’s because I’ve been on 1990’s hip-hop kick even more than usual lately. The Carnival is one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all-time, and I can’t believe that it’s been FIFTEEN YEARS since it was released. All of the songs on The Carnival spotlight a memory for me and, listening to them together, I’m reminded of 1997 overall, which was a very good year.
So reminiscing on the good times is part of the reason, but part of the reason is also because I want to educate some of you youngsters on real hip-hop. Put down the T.I. and step away from the Young Jeezy before somebody gets hurt. Go ahead and spend some time with Wyclef and Lauryn Hill, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, and dig around in the “R” section of hip-hop in your local record store (do they still have those?) because that cool house band on Jimmy Fallon’s TV show have a pretty good body of work to show for them, too.