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Exclusive Video: Wyclef Jean Performs Live and Talks Haiti

December 7, 2010 9:05 AM ET

Wyclef Jean recently stopped by Rolling Stone's offices to perform an intimate acoustic set of new and old songs. Two of the songs — "My Haitian Experience" and "Earthquake," are from his new EP, If I Were President: My Haitian Experience . The third track is a rollicking version of "Gone Till November," the hit single from his 1997 debut solo LP, Carnival.

It's been quite a year for Jean: His homeland of Haiti was ravaged by an earthquake in January, yet his efforts to bring attention to the crisis brought millions of dollars in relief to the ravaged country. In August, he announced he was running for president of Haiti, but his candidacy was ultimately rejected by the country's government.

In the interview segment, Wyclef talks at length about the news songs, his attempt to run for president and how Bono dubbed the Fugees "the hip-hop Beatles."

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