AOL: You said you feel like you did when you did the first album, 'Carnival.' It's been ten years. What was the process that led you to decide that this would be 'Carnival II,' and do you feel like this is a companion to that first album?
WJ: My first album, I was seventeen years old. I was signed to Big Beat Records when I was eighteen years old. So I've been in the game over 20 years. See, you go and get bored sometimes, and all of my albums are like therapy. 'Carnival' was me coming out saying, "This is Wyclef Jean, the producer, the artist." You know, 'Ecleftic' was me saying, "I'm eclectic." 'Masquerade,' that was after the death of my father. 'Preacher's Son' was letting people know I'm from the church. That's my background, and 'Carnival,' 10 years after the first one, is just basically to remind people that this is what I do. I'm the music man, and music is still relevant and is very important to what we do every day in life.
AOL: What are the touring plans for the record?
WJ: All right, I'm gonna tell everybody there, ready for the tour: It's going down. The tour is called 'The Carnival House Tour.' It will be multicultural. The ladies are coming out to see me and the girls that come to see me, their parents let them out of the house. It's not like your ordinary girls. These are the girls that they keep hidden in the house ? wife material, you understand? They're like, "Oh, it's Wyclef Jean. You can go." So fellas, be on your best behavior. Come, make sure you look right. And bring an extra shirt with you because it's gonna get sweaty. We're gonna do it like Brazilian Carnival. We're gonna get mad.