The Preacher's Son

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The Preacher's Son
Studio album by Wyclef Jean
Released November 4, 2003
Recorded 2002–03
Genre Hip hopReggaeReggae fusion
Length 65:09
Label J Records
Producer Jerry 'Wonder' DuplessisWyclef Jean • Sedeck • Lester Mendez • Teflon • Malik Pendleton • Shea Taylor • T-Vice
Wyclef Jean chronology
Greatest Hits
(2003)Greatest Hits2003
The Preacher's Son
Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101
(2004)Welcome to Haiti: Creole 1012004
Singles from The Preacher's Son
  1. "Party to Damascus"
    Released: September 30, 2003
  2. "Industry"
    Released: November 17, 2003
  3. "Take Me As I Am"
    Released: March 18, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
RapReviews (8/10)[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

The Preacher's Son is the fourth studio album by Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean, released on November 4, 2003. The album, which was co-produced by Jean and long-time collaborator Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis, combines elements of Hip hop, Reggae and Reggae fusion, and uses a number of samples, including the Motown-inspired "Industry", which samples "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted". The album contains guest appearances of the likes of Missy Elliott, Patti LaBelle, Rah Digga and Redman, as well as a guitar feature by Carlos Santana on the song "Three Nights In Rio".

Three singles were released from the album. The lead single, "Party to Damascus", was the only single served to international radio. "Industry" served as a European-only single, with some territories, including Germany, releasing it as a double A-side with "Party to Damascus". "Take Me As I Am" was released as a US-only radio single in March 2004, with a new "Urban Remix" being serviced to certain radio stations.[4]

Track listing[edit]

The Preacher's Son – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 0:29
2. "Industry" Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 3:03
3. "Party to Damascus" (featuring Missy Elliott)
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:03
4. "Celebrate" (featuring Cassidy and Patti LaBelle)
Sedeck, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:19
5. "Baby Daddy" (featuring Redman)
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:01
6. "Three Nights In Rio" (featuring Carlos Santana)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Lester Mendez, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:03
7. "Class Reunion" (featuring Monica)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Devon Garnett
  • LaTabia Parker
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 3:52
8. "Baby"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Sheldon Harris
Telfon, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:08
9. "I Am Your Doctor" (featuring Wayne Wonder and Elephant Man)
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:09
10. "Linda" (featuring Carl Restivo)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Carl Restivo
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:11
11. "Take Me As I Am" (featuring Sharissa)
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:18
12. "Grateful"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Malik Pendleton
Malik Pendleton, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 3:38
13. "Next Generation" (featuring Rah Digga and Scarface)
Shea Taylor, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:40
14. "Rebel Music" (featuring Prodigy)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • A.R. Rahman
  • Albert Johnson
  • Anand Bakshi
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 3:57
15. "Who Gave the Order" (featuring Buju Banton)
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:23
16. "Party By the Sea" (featuring Buju Banton and T-Vice)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Myrie
  • Reynoldo Martinez
  • Roberto Martinez
T-Vice, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 3:52
17. "Party to Damascus (Remix)" (featuring Missy Elliott)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Elliott
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis 4:03

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004–05) Peak
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[5] 22
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 5