Wyclef Jean And Friends Discusses New Video For “Apirl Showers” To Stop Gun Violence

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Wyclef Jean

On the inspiration behind the video: “The inspiration is really the entire mixtape, which is called April Showers and its sort of my letter to hip-hop, and this is one of the issues that I address. The song “April Showers” is the idea of firearms and it’s not really just a hood thing, but a worldwide thing. How do we really get kids to start to think? Not just to kill one another, not just to use the piece of steel as a tool of defense.”

“So this video is sort of like…I remember back in the day, Michael Concepcion’s “We All In The Same Gangs.” I used to see these kind of records growing up and for me I just felt like in our modern time I seen guns in video but I never seen the idea of showing the alternative.”

“For me, my whole life, this is what I’m about. I started out with The Fugees, Fugees being short for refugees. The idea of how refugees are being treated around the world. Now, seeing what I done with Haiti and different parts, after I put a president in place and coming back here, saying I am going to do music. What are the issues that are dear to my heart? One was the issue of guns and I wanted to address it head on the mixtape.”

On who is responsible for gun violence in America: “I think that the idea of art when you look at rap or hip-hop, it is always going to reflect what’s going on in the communities, so if you want the message to change you have to change the communities. Who’s your mayor? Who’s your councilman? What’s the borough you’re from? Who are you voting for? If you’re paying taxes, what’s the fiscal budget? What’s the budget that’s actually supposed to go into the community? So a lot of people saying it’s the parents, but its hard for a parent to raise a child, especially a single mother, when she lives in a community where she can’t find an environment to put something in their stomach.”