Wyclef Jean ''stalked'' Emeli Sande to convince her to appear on his new album.

The 47-year-old star is a long-time fan of Emeli and has revealed he was desperate for her to appear on his new record 'Carnival Vol. III: Road to Clefication', saying she is one of the best writers he's ever worked with.

He shared: ''Emeli Sande is one of my favourite singers in the world. I stalked Emeli Sande. We started actually working at Puffy's studio, Bad Boy and then after that we went to my studio.

''I think John Lennon had 'Imagine' and I think Wyclef and Emeli Sande got 'Carry On'.

''Emeli as a writer is one of the best I've ever worked with hands down. And trading bars and trading rhymes was amazing. Her melody schemes are just incredible.''

Meanwhile, Wyclef has hailed former US President Barack Obama's influence on hip-hop, arguing that the culture owes him a debt of gratitude.

He told XXL magazine: ''Obama will go down as the voice of our generation because we could not be in Congress. We could not be in those dinners.

''Nah, we didn't have that executive order to pass the pen. I think that Obama has made us better people. What seemed too unrealistic to me, to my daughter is so natural. And I love that.''

Wyclef said the genre should appreciate President Obama and his influence.

He said: ''I think that hip-hop owes Obama gratitude. Like I said, certain things we would do, because of Obama, we wouldn't do them anymore because we owe him that gratitude.

''Like, don't put the gun on that Instagram. You don't need to. Really think about these things because he has pardoned a lot of people, you know what I mean? So, gratitude, let's really be thankful.''