Wyclef Jean - April Showers

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Over the course of 33 exhausting tracks, "April Showers" is Wyclef at his most self-important with an unfiltered ambition left to roam free.

With regard to his leadership of The Fugees as a producer and emcee to later bridge Rap with pop, Wyclef Jean’s lasting impression on Hip Hop still reverberates to date. His former string of hits has ensured ongoing interest in his creative and social visions, despite bizarre moments including a mentorship of Canibus gone wrong, one of last year’s widely discussed celebrity Instagram pictures and controversy surrounding his charitable efforts. Back to pursuing music after a failed bid for his native Haiti’s presidency, Wyclef has returned to an era completely removed from his prime with April Showers.

Over the course of 33 exhausting tracks, April Showers is Wyclef at his most self-important with an unfiltered ambition left to roam free. Seemingly out to prove current relevance, his overly poor attempts to fit in with today’s stars further damage what was an already dying credibility. Unfortunate missteps due to being out of touch, the awkward “Started From The Bottom Interlude” and “[Love] Sosa Interlude” fuse the Hatian Kreyol language with Drake and Chief Keef’s respective recent hits, tarnishing their work rather than adding even a dash of excitement. Amongst the numerous original compositions, Wyclef recruits Kirko Bangz for the flat strip club anthem “The Go Go” and “Trap N Roll” finds him desperate, jumping aboard the EDM bandwagon with an equally embarrassing guest appearance from Waka Flocka Flame.

More pleas for modern consideration, “Open Letter Freestyle” addresses ‘Clef’s bout in the arena of international politics and “Bugatti Freestyle” celebrates his career’s highlights—a repeated theme as he name drops working with the likes of Carlos Santana, Destiny's Child and Whitney Houston—all over the tape. Determined to pave his way no matter how ill-advised, Wyclef spends much of April Showers throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks. The sparse “Dispensery” features a misplaced Mobb Deep reunion as the three fail to make a club hit out of honoring Los Angeles’ legal marijuana culture. And even the well intentioned “Kick Knowledge” [a knock off of Lupe Fiasco’s “Dumb It Down”] misses its goal of ignorant parody.
Out to extend Wyclef’s tradition of breaking artists, the latter part of April Showers becomes a platform for an assorted cast of struggling affiliates to get a shot at rhyming stardom. Sadly, not one of these lesser known acts contribute much, possibly the least talented being female spitter Trini whose selection “The Buzz” contains tasteless punchlines such as “My flow got a fever / If I fuck Rick Ross he might have another seizure.”

With April Showers Wyclef has crafted an unmemorable vanity project that coasts off of his prior glory. One of but a few bright spots, the Young Chop produced “Hope N Pray” adapts to the times better than every other try, and “Hip Hop” illustrates exactly why he has perhaps overstayed his welcome in a scene that has changed and left him behind. Despite moments like “I Wish It Was Music” where T.I. and Trae Tha Truth help tackle society’s perception of Rap, the appropriately titled “Mid Life Crisis” reflects the refugee veteran’s present place within the genre. In all, the once eclectic musician suffers from a lack of brevity and organic inspiration that once rendered him a champion of the people.

DX Consensus: “Just A Mixtape”

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  • TJ Legend

    The mixtape is fire, this ones for real hiphop heads the critic of this article doesnt know what they talking about.

  • Ed Joseph

    This mixtape goes hard! I haven't heard so many good hip hop tracks from clef like this in a while!

  • collene wilson

    love this muxtape!!!

  • dope.likeapoundorkey

    This mix tape is amazing. Listen before you post. Check out i wish it was music, april showers,started from the bottom, hope n pray,sosa,hip hop, bang bang bang, open letter freestyle, the shrine, the shrine!! Main dish is dope, the whole thing is. Its the exact opposite of this sites review. "In all, the once eclectic musician suffers from a lack of brevity and organic inspiration that once rendered him a champion of the people". Madness, Clef is still doing his thing.mIts totally eclectic and full of new talent. You owe it to yourself to give it a couple full listens.

  • Its Um

    I haven't listen to Wyclef since after his first album, and I think this was a very good 33 tracks mixtape, funkmaster flex 53 tracks got very heavily southern sound to it after 10 tracks and that got tiring (which is funny since last i've heard him he asking the people where's the love for New York rap).

  • fuck hell no.

    Wyclef has been a trifling disappointment for more than a decade now.

  • kaitlyn

    All the drama aside I think this album is a statement of empowerment. Wyclef Jean is and for ever will be an artist of musical virtue. I think his mix tape is a look behind the red curtain of a mystical journey.His track "Glow of a Rose" is by far one of the realist songs to date. Suggest you take a seat for that track or its raw soul stroking mist may lift you off your feet. I would also like to honor this mix tape with a trap star as he flexes the premature submission of trap in the hip hop scene. Music is an undeniable attraction don't care about anything else.

  • Coolbreeze

    and when it comes to the Zoe respect that...the streets do...if you had an ear to the streets you would understand the Love Sosa remix or the Open Letter freestyle...you must be an intern listening to the Fun or Delta Rae or Taylor Swift...why the %&$^ are you at a HipHop site? Clef for president of Def Jam, Sony,Interscope,Universal,etc...

  • Coolbreeze

    This site just really lost credibility... this 33 album mixtape is so crazy hot it makes no sense that it is a mixtape... I mean even to hear a Mobb Deep track as live as Dispensary...or the Choppa Zoe Shrine...main King Los and Wyclef... Uncle Murda... Gfella and Clef collabo...you need to go review food and beverages in a food magazine and let people who know music review music...

  • RapJunkie

    Hott mixtape....Great Hip-Hop the reviewer needs to listen & stop judging the mixtape so wrecklessly This is what Wyclef needed to give fans & himself stick to being an artist and leave da Politics 4 da rich folk 20 Mil blown on an election campaign my word!!

  • gary john

    Honestly. whoever wrote this article is an idiot. Go download a Trinidad James album and leave the Hip Hop reviews to someone else. This mixtape is hot!!

  • your moma

    yo jesse fairfax.....you suck as critic. Where is your credibility....you suck dog !!! Wyclef shit aint great but, it aint is bad as you make it seem. What you PHin player ??