Wyclef Jean Freestyles Off The Top Of The Head…In 5 Different Languages (Video)

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As one third of The Fugees, Wyclef Jean is one of the most successful artists in Hip-Hop. In his solo career and with the group, Jean has sold tens of millions of albums and garnered numerous Grammy Awards. He is also among Hip-Hop’s elite in talent, with his ability to sing, play guitar and craft songs of all types. At his core, however, Clef is an MC. There are a number of his freestyles circulating on the Web and, contrary to most others, his rhymes are typically off the top of the head.

Last week, Wyclef joined a special edition of the Sway In The Morning show at SXSW in Austin, TX, and he put his full talents on display. Starting with his mournful hit “911,” Clef plays an acoustic version featuring nothing but him and his guitar (4:25). From there, he glides into an impromptu freestyle (8:04), where he flips bars “like the way [he] used to do it on the corner.” However, rhyming in English is not enough. At the 10:52 mark, he ups the ante, rhyming in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese…all off the top of the head. It is an awesome display of talent.

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