J'ouvert, out September 30th, takes its name from the official start of Carnival in the eastern Caribbean. Appropriately, the EP sets the tone for Wyclef's in-the-works album Carnival III: Road to Clefication.
"My goal for J'ouvert was to pick up where I left off after 'Sweetest Girl' and [Shakira's] 'Hips Don't Lie,'" the former Fugee tells Rolling Stone. "I had these Caribbean Sonics Haunting my brain and I knew this EP would be the start to what would become the Carnival 3 album."
The announcement of J'ouvert comes nearly two months after Wyclef released his breezy "Hendrix" and its follow-up "Hendrix (Spanglish Remix)" co-starring Farina, Anonimus and Bryant Myers.
"'Hendrix' is a very deep song for me because when I recorded 'Gone Til November,' it was a song about dudes making drug runs," Wyclef says. "And, in 'Hendrix,' I wanted to remind kids that you always have a choice. I have heard so many kids in the new generation quote 'Gon Til November' so I wanted to tap into the frequency with 'Hendrix' and send a positive message."
In a statement, Wyclef added of "Hendrix," "This speaks to the neighborhood I grew up in and how it didn't look like much. The devil, or the streets, offered drugs and cartel and I chose music. Some homies chose the NBA, or we would see people like Shaq who are from Newark and see how they made it out the danger zone."
Carnival III: Road to Clefication is set for release this fall.
J'ouvert EP Track List
1. "Party Started"
2. "Holding on the Edge"
3. "For a Man"
5. "Camels to Ferraris"