Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101

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Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101
Welcometohaitic101.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 5, 2004 (US)
Recorded2003–2004
GenreReggaeKompaDancehallBachataWorld
Length65:47
LabelKoch Records
ProducerWyclef Jean, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis
Wyclef Jean chronology
The Preacher's Son
(2003)
Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101
(2004)
Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant
(2007)
Singles from Welcome to Hati: Creole 101
  1. "President"
    Released: October 1, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
RapReviews(7.5/10)[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]

Welcome To Haiti: Creole 101 is the fifth studio album by Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean, released on October 5, 2004. The album, which was co-produced by Jean and long time collaborator Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis, combines elements of reggae, kompa, dancehall, bachata, and world music. The album contains guest appearances from the likes of Sweet Mickey, Foxy Brown, 2Face Idibia and Sound Sultan. The album was inspired by Jean's love for Creole music, and Jean stated that the album was designed to be as "far from Billboard Hot 100-topping music as possible", describing the record as an instant "cult classic".

The album features performances in a number of languages, including English, French, Creole and Latin. Only one single, "President" was released from the album, although in some territories, "Haitian Mafia" acted as a double A-side. "La Bamba" was released as a promotional vinyl single for radio airplay only. Due to the number of French-language tracks, the album's overall tracklisting differed between the US and Europe, with the final four tracks differing between the two territories. The album was released independently on Koch Records.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Jean Dominique" (Intro)Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis1:08
2."President"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis


Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis3:36
3."24 é Tan Pour Viv"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Rodrigue Millien


Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis4:06
4."Bicentennial" (featuring Sweet Mickey)


Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis4:02
5."Generation X"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis


Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis4:37
6."Party By the Sea" (featuring T-Vice and Buju Banton)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Mark Myrie
  • Roberto Martinez
  • Reynaldo Martinez


T-Vice, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis3:51
7."Haitian Mafia" (featuring Foxy Brown)


Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis4:07
8."Le Ou Marye"
  • Cyriaque Achille Paris


Fabrice Rouzier, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis5:30
9."Fistibal Festival" (featuring Melky and Bud)


Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis4:28
10."La Bamba" (featuring Ro-K and Gammy)Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis3:59
11."Bay Micro'm Volume"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis


Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis5:20
12."Proud to Be African" (featuring 2Face, Sound Sultan and Faze)Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis4:11
13."Douce"


Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis4:08

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004–05) Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[5] 35
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 66

References[edit]

  1. ^ link
  2. ^ "RapReviews.com Feature for November 9, 2004 - Wyclef Jean's "Welcome to Haiti Creole 101"". rapreviews.com. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  3. ^ link at the Wayback Machine (archived April 22, 2009)
  4. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Wyclef-Jean-Welcome-To-Haiti-Creole-101/release/2929009
  5. ^ "Wyclef Jean Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  6. ^ "Wyclef Jean Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-12.