I always want to know what's wrong with you, why you ain't smiling. That's just my character; I just love people and want to see people having a good time.
Bob Marley stood for universal peace and love. He tried to break racial barriers.
I like to go against the grain, against what's out there. Every day is like a challenge.
You know, I'm a modern day Harry Belafonte; I got the swagger of the island.
At the end of the day, just know that God made you, so you can be your own individual, and don't let people give you that peer pressure.
What I'm trying to do is break the genre from what is rap and what is music.
Every generation is gonna keep changing, and you just have to embrace the change.
Haiti is my country. The same way the Beatles are received in England - that's how Wyclef Jean is received in Haiti, do you know what I mean?
I feel that life is short, so we should be disciplined, but at the same time we should have a good time.
'Masquerade' is the autobiography of Wyclef Jean. A lot of people know me through my work with Carlos Santana or Destiny's Child, winning all those Grammy Awards, but you do not know what is going on inside me.
All that violence in the world, we need to stop that.
My grandfather was a voodoo priest. A lot of my life dealt with spirituality. I can close my eyes and remember where I come from.
You get quick money, it's beautiful, there's sunshine, but at the end of the day, you find out it's all a masquerade, baby. It's not what it seems.
I lived in the projects and the ghetto, and turned the negative into a positive.
I lived in a hut with no roof, and I rode to school on a donkey. I used to shoot birds with a slingshot to cook for dinner. Now I prefer to get my food from KFC.
If I can't take five years out to serve my country as president, then everything I've been singing about, like equal rights, doesn't mean anything.
That's the best way to feed the human mind. That's how Bob Marley did it. He never put it in your face. After you got the groove, you were just singing the hooks, because you thought it was cool.
My parents were Christian.
Me and my father went through a war period where we wasn't talking. He wanted me to go to theology school - I didn't want to go. I wanted to do music. I told him I was a minister through music.
I'm cheap, and I'm proud of it!
When the Fugees were big, we made a whole lot of money, and what happened was that I saved my money and never spent it.
I know that the nice shines I have on is going to pass. The nice cars will pass. All that will stay is the music and the work. That's where I get the inspiration to help people out and work.
I do music for the love of it, and I've been doing it from a very young age: about 11.
It was important that I became successful. People say they do it for the love, and yes, you do it for the love, but you want to be successful.