- Raised by his aunt and uncle in Haiti from ages 2 to 9 after his parents immigrated to the U.S. in pursuit of a better life.
- Moved to Brooklyn with his parents when he was 9.
- Father was pastor at Newark's Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene.
- Played bass for his high-school swing choir.
- Formed the Tranzlator Crew, a rap group, with his cousin Prakazrel ("Pras") Michel and Lauryn Hill in the late '80s; they eventually renamed themselves the Fugees.
- Released his first solo album, the triple-platinum Carnival, in 1997.
- Wrote and produced hits for Destiny's Child, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana and Shakira.
- Bought his parents their dream home with his first major paycheck.
- Began taking classes at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2009.
- Founded the Yéle Haiti charity to benefit the people of his native Haiti.
- Counts Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin and Yes among his favorite musical acts.
- 2005, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1996, Grammy — Best Rap Album: Winner
- 1996, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
- 1999, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
- Sam Jean — Brother
- Gesner Jean — Father
- Angelina Claudinelle Jean — Daughter
- Sedeck Jean — Brother
- Melky Jean — Sister
- Marie-Claudinette Jean — Wife
- Attended Five Towns College, Dix Hills, Long Island, New York, United States; Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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