Wyclef Jean's Ascent–From Rapper to Serious Political Figure to Rapper

(L-R) Hugh Jackman's wife, Hugh Jackman, and Wyclef Jean, rapping on Governors Island (PMc)

(L-R) Hugh Jackman's wife, Hugh Jackman, and Wyclef Jean, rapping on Governors Island (PMc)

The Times Magazine this weekend, in addition to an interview revealing Paz de la Huerta’s bath troubles, features a profile of Wyclef Jean–the would-be savior of Haiti who may be better known for his years with the band the Fugees. The article’s author seems to suffer some cognitive dissonance as he tries to reconcile Mr. Jean’s music career and his current political profile: “surrounded by his boys, looking very much like a rapper en route to a bottle-service-only club” is actually a way Mr. Jean’s travels through Haiti are really described.

While we are inclined to avoid describing a potential world leader as “surrounded by his boys,” we do know that he loves bottle service. Or at least bottles. At a Veuve Cliquot-sponsored polo event, our Michael H. Miller reported that Mr. Jean broke out in a freestyle rap: “Veuve Cliquot/Wyclef Jean, I play a little polo/June 5th 2011/my father was a reverend/Wyclef, I take the course/I come from Haiti and I know how to ride a horse.”

Very presidential!

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