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The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book is the second studio album released by Haitian hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. The album was supported by its singles "It Doesn't Matter", "911" and "Perfect Gentleman". At the 41st Grammy Awards his duet with Mary J. Blige, "911" earned him a nomination for Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2001. The album debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
The Ecleftic Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 22, 2000 (U.S.)
Recorded1999-2000
GenreReggae, hip hop, reggae fusion, R&B, pop, soul
Length73:51
LabelColumbia
ProducerWyclef Jean, Jerry Wonda, Farel Jean
Wyclef Jean chronology
The Carnival
(1997)
The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
(2000)
Masquerade
(2002)
Singles from The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
  1. "It Doesn't Matter"
    Released: August 28, 2000
  2. "911"
    Released: April 27, 2001
  3. "Perfect Gentleman"
    Released: July 9, 2001
  4. "Wish You Were Here"
    Released: December 3, 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic67/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauA–[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[6]

MusicEdit

The album features a guest appearance from Kenny Rogers, contributing a variation of the chorus from his 1978 number-one hit "The Gambler." Track 18, "Bus Search", is a spoken-word mini drama, in which Jean's tour bus is stopped by two Police officers, one of whom threatens to make them empty the bus' contents unless they play him something by Pink Floyd. The following track is a cover of the latter's "Wish You Were Here", overlaid with Jean rapping about the band.

Commercial performanceEdit

The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 selling 95,400 copies in its first week.[7] The album also peaked at number three on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On August 31, 2001, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over a million copies in the United States.

In the UK, the album peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for denoting sales of 60,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[8]

Track listingEdit

The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Columbia Records" (featuring James Bean, Hiro Tahara and Varshini Soobiah)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis1:54
2."Where Fugees At?"Salaam Remi3:48
3."Kenny Rogers & Pharoahe Monch Dub Plate" (featuring Kenny Rogers and Pharoahe Monch)
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis3:04
4."Thug Angels" (featuring Small World)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis6:35
5."It Doesn't Matter" (featuring The Rock and Melky Sedeck)Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis3:57
6."911" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:19
7."Pullin' Me In"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Sedeck4:38
8."Da Cypha" (featuring Marie Antoinette, Supreme C and Hope)
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:26
9."Runaway" (featuring Earth, Wind & Fire and The Product G&B)
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:56
10."Red Light District" (featuring Andy Grassi and Varshini Soobiah)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis0:40
11."Perfect Gentleman" (featuring Hope)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Harris
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:09
12."Low Income" (featuring Beast & 718-Crew)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:20
13."Whitney Houston Dub Plate" (featuring Whitney Houston)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis1:42
14."However You Want It"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis3:03
15."Hollyhood to Hollywood" (featuring Small World)Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:45
16."Diallo" (featuring Youssou N'Dour & MB²)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis7:22
17."Something About Mary"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis5:20
18."Bus Search" (featuring Andy Grassi)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis0:47
19."Wish You Were Here"
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:06

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[17] Gold 150,000^
Sweden (GLF)[18] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ link
  2. ^ link
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 26, 2000). "Consumer Guide: Afropop Worldwide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  4. ^ link
  5. ^ RS 846
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  7. ^ Chris Harris (December 12, 2007). "Josh Groban Rules Billboard Chart For Third Straight Week: Blake Lewis Barely Cracks Top 10". MTV. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  8. ^ [2] Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Austria Top 40". September 10, 2000. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "DUTCH ALBUM TOP 100". September 9, 2000. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "French Album Top 100". August 26, 2000. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "VG Lista - Album Top 40". September 2001. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "SVERIGETOPPLISTAN - ALBUMS TOP 60". January 4, 2001. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "SCHWEIZER HITPARADE - ALBEN TOP 100". March 9, 2000. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100c". August 18, 2001. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Wyclef Jean – The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book". Music Canada.
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Wyclef Jean; 'The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  18. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2001" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Wyclef Jean – The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Wyclef Jean – The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.