Wyclef Jean Blasts Gun Violence In "Bang Bang Bang" Video

Three-time Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean communicates visual social activism through the release of his new music video.

Wyclef Jean recently filmed the video for “Bang Bang Bang” in order to raise awareness for the rampant gun violence present all around the world. Filmed in Chicago, which has been ravaged by gun violence in the last several years, the multiple Grammy-Award winner walks along a road in the video with a golden gun-shaped guitar in hand.

“Shoot first…think last…,” Jean sings on the song, which features Young Chop and Jack Red and appeared on his recently released "April Showers" mixtape“I have always said that music is my weapon," Clef says. "I want to talk to the kids and not talk down upon them. We need to send a clear message to bury the guns and not our youth."

Jean hopes his music will touch the hearts of youths living through dangerous situations all around the world, specifically in Chicago. Even though his guitar is in the shape of a golden automatic weapon in the video, he used that imagery in order to show positive creative forces in place of the usual violent imagery evident in many popular songs today. 

“We purposely choose to use the image and likeness of a gat or gun as a guitar or 'GatTar' in an effort to call attention to the gun violence that has swept the world," Jean says. "By drawing attention to the 'GatTar,' our goal is to promote music as an alternative to violence with a collective goal to stop the killin'."

Jean was a member of rap trio The Fugees, which became one of the most popular groups in music with the release of its second album, 1996's The Score. Since then, he has been a prolific artist and producer, working with Destiny's Child, Shakira and T.I., among others.

Beyond music, Jean has long participated in social activism. He founded “Yele Haiti,” a charitable organization that focuses on helping his native Haiti. In 2008, Wyclef partnered with the UN and Pan American Development Foundation to launch their “Together For Haiti” campaign in an effort to raise awareness regarding hunger issues and provide food and jobs in Haiti. Two years later, Jean launched an unsuccessful bid to became a Haitian presidential candidate.

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  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule blasts wykleg jeani

  • Anonymous

    I can't wait until the military deploys forces in places like Chicago Compton Gary queens and gets rid of these morons once and for all

    • Anonymous

      Co sign get all you scum of the streets

    • Anonymous

      You sound like a uneducated dumb ass. The fact of the matter is it's coming, but I'm pretty sure you don't read anything of actual importance to know that.

    • Anonymous

      lol, you sound like a bitch wishing for martial law, they're there to protect gov't interests, not you softie

  • Anonymous

    At least hes trying.. Someone needs to teach these donkeys the value of human life.. It's a shame a useless human being would take a productive member of society's life..

  • Anonnymous

    Ja is respected in every slum, ghetto, grotto, hood, red light disctrict, etc, all around the world you can't buy that kinda respect.

  • Anonnymous

    Ja Rule promotes gang violence because it's good for kids to get outside and do something isntead of sit on the computer or play video games.

  • Anony

    Well if that doesn't prove that Wyclef isn't a real, street nigga idk what does. Fuck him!

  • Anonymous

    All you need is some luv

  • COCA

    I MEAN, THE SONG IS STRAIGHT AND THE MESSAGE IS GREAT...BUT THE MESSENGER IS CORNY AND HAS NO CREDIBILITY.

  • Anonymous

    this bitch ass thieving ass nigga is a illuminati agent notice how hard they trying to get the guns now remember snoop lion sellout ass with that no guns allowed? wake up dumb niggas before you end up getting gassed in a fema slave labor camp!!!

    • Anonymous

      Until you can show me or anyone in the world a letter from the US government that says you have to give up your gun(s) to a representative or turn it in to a facility by a specific date or they will automatically confiscate it, stfu with all of that FOX rhetoric. You look stupid. And it would be drones, not clones, idiots.

    • Anonymous

      Indeed illuminati clones they all know how the white mans ass taste. Fuckin sellout uncle tom Stephen candie bitches!!

    • hollywood

      Man If we knew who you was I bet we can pull some dirt on yo ass too.... True u comment on the internet and you protected by a hidden identity is why you can talk... But if we knew who you was I'm pretty sure we can figure out ish about you that we can hate on & it will make you fear coming on this site again.. I aint defending Clef... I just felt like insulting your intelligence fam...

    • Ja Rule Army

      get the guns? dumbass who u think got the guns in the inner cities. HINT it aint the boyz. I applaud dude look at what inner city filth is doing CHIRAQ n now NYC (25 murders in 2 days)

    • BCcoastin

      lol a little blunt but its real talk!!!!

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