Grammy award-winning rapper, singer and record producer Wyclef Jean has been a prominent force in hip-hop since he first broke onto the scene with The Fugees. The years that followed, he's expanded his brand to philanthropist, author, politician and activist. He's been criticized, lauded, and sought after, and now, he's coming out with a new mixtape, April Showers, which features a real who's who of hip-hop, including T.I., Waka Flocka Flame and Trae The Truth.

In this exclusive interview with XXL, he talks about his Haitian roots, his appreciation for social media, and of course, his new mixtape. —Bernadette Giacomazzo (@bgiacomazzo)