Wyclef Jean has announced his first album in seven years and debuted the first single, a chilled-out rocker entitled “Hendrix” and based on early memories from his childhood. “This speaks to the neighborhood I grew up in and how it didn’t look like much,” Wyclef told Complex, where the song premiered. “The devil, or the streets, offered drugs and cartel and I chose music.” The song’s chorus references famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix, as Wyclef remembers trying to emulate his idol while his cousin tried to be more like notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. Longtime fans of Wyclef are probably just happy he’s back at all, but they’ll also appreciate his on-point flow and the “Gone Till November” reference in the second verse.
Check out “Hendrix” below. The track will appear on Wyclef’s forthcoming album Carnival III: Road to Clefication, his first full-length release since 2009’s From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion and a continuation of the trilogy that began with his 1997 debut Carnival.