What Wyclef’s Learned From… Carlos Santana, The Roots, Rakim & More


“What people don’t know is the first music video I appeared in was Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique.’ I was playing the upright bass in the video. At the time in high school, I was a jazz major. So that day we shot it in Long Island. I was waiting for Rakim and he was late because he’s the star [laughs]. He came in and I got the chance to shake his hand and tell him how much I appreciated him. If you study music you know that you have to love music in its purist form. If you are going to listen to pop there are certain pop artists you have to study. If you are going to listen to jazz it’s the same thing. So if you are looking for pure hip-hop where one name just stands alone and the voice is beyond poetic and the artist is a musical tool with lyrics firing per second, that’s Rakim. You learn that just by listening to a Rakim verse.”