Wyclef Jean Compares Young Thug's "Revolutionary" Spirit to Tupac and David Bowie

Wyclef Jean Compares Young Thug's "Revolutionary" Spirit to Tupac and David Bowie

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Wyclef Jean and Young Thug's recent collaboration on Jeffery seems to have left Wyclef excited. In a recent interview with Pigeons & Planes, Wyclef raved about his experience working with Thugger. "He reminded me of a modern Tupac, in a sense—in a revolutionary sense. I mean that by, alright, you might see a thug, but his connection to history seemed similar to what Pac understood, of like, 'This is who the Black Panthers are. Read this book, read that book.' This kid understands," Wyclef said.

Tupac wasn't the only major music figure he compared "Thugger to. What’s really the difference between what Bowie was doing and what this kid is doing?" he asked. "Because when Bowie was doing it, a group of people understood what he was doing, obviously. And then there were people who didn’t understand what the fuck he was doing. And those people saying Thugga is a revolutionary fully get what he is doing. Because he is a revolutionary, he’s changing the thought pattern. 

He even expressed appreciation for Thugger's gender-bending fashion style. "Come on man, in what era can a rapper show up in a full-blown gown, a dress? And have it still be like, 'Yo, that’s still Young Thug, what you wanna do about it?'" he said. "This is changing perceptions. Because for my daughter, that’s normal. My daughter, she feels like, what’s wrong with somebody different? What’s wrong with them being themselves?"

Wyclef also detailed his experience working with Thug on "Kanye West," revealing that Thugger flipped a random warm-up he was singing in the booth into the background vocals for the song. "This is what is genius about his brain," 'Clef said. 

Elsewhere in the interview, Wyclef discusses his Haiti activisim and his upcoming project Carnival III: Road to Clefication. You can check out the entire interview here.

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