Wyclef also showcased on the B.B. Kings stage three of his new featured artists who will be joining the music man on his summer tour – Angelica Salem, Jarina De Marco, and Hannah Eggen. They pleased the crowd, but Wyclef’s celebrity surprise guests won the night as they pumped the crowd up and made the show a party. Brooklyn-bred rappers Uncle Murda and Papoose each took their time to shine on the stage, setting the right vibe for Prodigy of Mobb Deep to knock it out the box with his performance of “Shook Ones.” Wyclef shared a heartfelt moment with Prodigy onstage as he acknowledged their “OG” status in the hip-hop game. But as Wyclef brought Waka Flocka out and the two performed their radio-friendly song “Trap N Roll” off Clef’s new April Showers mixtape, it was clear that this OG’s still got a few new tricks up his pec-packing sleeve.
Wyclef made his love for his fellow Haitians clear throughout the night as he brought the National Haitian Soccer Team onto the stage and waived the Haitian flag like it was Carnival or the West Indian Day Parade. Also made clear Wednesday night at B.B. Kings is that Wyclef is a fan of all types of music, so you can’t put this Haitian boy who grew up in the hood but listened to all types of music coming up in a musical box, because it just won’t hold him. Clef performed Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” just to prove that point. As much as Wyclef loves music, it’s evident that he also loves to have fun, which the whole crowd joined in on as a gang of females took to the stage (including Nicole) to dance as Clef performed his new tune “Pop Ya Belly Ring.” I didn’t pop it and drop it, in case you’re wondering. Looking, listening, and writing – that’s my box. And it fits me just fine.
[Photo Credit: Nicole Chaplin]
For more on Wyclef’s new mixtape April Showers and his summer tour, go to wyclef.com.
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