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True Studio Stories: Wyclef Recalls Recording With The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, And The Making Of The Carnival (Pg 2)

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“I wanted people to relate to the skits and stories on The Carnival. My true love is putting audio plays together. So I wanted The Carnival to feel like an epic play. I wanted to bring people back to when the world was one. The Carnival translated to my version of Westside Story. I wanted to bring an immigrant story to the masses through music. I wanted it to translate to Immigrants everywhere, whether you were in the ‘hood or in Cuba.

The real secret to The Carnival was the fact that my music is always honest to what’s going on at the time. I had a song called ‘To All The Girls,’ which was talking about the girls I cheated on. I was in between relationships at that time with my wife and Lauryn and I was not living in my house. I was in a small apartment on 66th street in Manhattan. I was smoking a lot of cigarettes stressed out with some red wine and bunch of vinyl in a tiny apartment. This is where the foundation for The Carnival started. Once I structured the album at my apartment, I took it out to the studio. But the studio is not what made the sound of The Carnival. When you hear a song like ‘Apocalypse’, that’s from a piece of vinyl from a French composer that I was playing one day. All of this was coming from my little apartment.

I knew that Carnival would shock people. The song that stands out the most to me is ‘Yele.’ That song always takes me back to when I met Stevie Wonder. He comes up to me saying the lyrics to ‘Yele’ in Creole…the whole song! He doesn’t just go into ‘Gone In November’ [laughs]. He tells me his favorite song is the most obscure record on the album. I recorded ‘Yele’ in 1997, but it talks about what’s happening in my country of Haiti today. If you go and translate this song in English you will see the earthquakes predicted. ‘Those with ears let them hear; those with eyes let them see…if not, the country is going to go under/10,000 coffins and they all are kids. The priests pray but no one will rise that day. Mom cries, but the deaf can’t hear.’

I never thought about if what I was doing was hip-hop. You have to understand where I’m from. I’m not from the suburbs. I’m not one of those kids that say let me do this hip-hop stuff so I can be accepted in the ‘hood. Because I’m from Marlboro Projects. I am hip-hop. I never had to prove anything. It’s a culture. If you notice, any group that said it was keeping it hip-hop and keeping it real, they are no longer here. Hip-hop is a way of living. And there are different forms of music within that. When I’m doing music I’m not thinking let me put myself in a rap box. Hendrix wasn’t accepted in Harlem. But when he went to England he was a God. He refused to be placed in a box. That’s the way you have to think.”

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“Look man, at this point, it’s a pleasure to meet you man,” Ebro says near the 15-minute mark of the 17-minute interview. “You know, looking at all your cases and everything you’ve been through, and I know the recent one right now is very sensitive. Respect to everybody involved in that case, we can’t get into details today… We take sexual assault here serious. We can’t get into details, but we hope to have you back, so that we can have a deeper conversation about that. It’s a serious topic, we’re hearing these stories a lot."

Peter Rosenberg swiftly tries to deflect from the conversation by asking Kodak if the moon landing of 1969 was a conspiracy. However, Ebro brings up the musician's clear anxiety over the fact that he brought up the case.

"I feel like sometimes, when n***as like me are going through sh*t, y'all be entertained," says Kodak as he squirms in his chair. "Like, change the subject... talk about something else." Ebro then brings up that they tried to change the subject, and if there's nothing left to discuss, the interview could be over. At that point, Kodak gets up from the mic and walks away.

On Twitter after the interview began to gain virality, Ebro wrote that he did not discuss any specifics about the case, and that he was just trying to have a "balanced" conversation. While many members of the Twittersphere are praising Ebro for attempting to have a conversation about the elephant in the room, others are calling him out for "baiting" and bringing up something that "he shouldn't have brought up."

What are your thoughts?

I was tryna have a balanced convo with Kodak Black & not ignore the serious allegations against him but also not ask specifics to make his situation worse... and he wanna get an attitude with me?? Nah....

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 12, 2018

He’s young black rich and ignorant. He was suppose to be uncomfortable about it.

— Nisha2much (@NautiNish) December 13, 2018

If you bring it up then say "we cant get into details tho" thats not a balanced convo thats baiting

— Scam SZN (@SumBlaqGuy) December 12, 2018

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This wouldn’t be the first time Sir Elton has praised members of the newer generation of music. His song “Rocket Man” is sampled in Young Thug’s On The Rvn EP. In the past, he’s sung Thugger’s praises, namely in a 2015 interview with Noisey, where he noted he enjoyed how he pushed the boundaries of hip-hop.

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this is so crazy Thank you so much @eltonofficial pic.twitter.com/QVkQjqCSuM

— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) December 12, 2018

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“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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