03/28/2011 AT 11:05 AM EDT
Wyclef Jean is looking on the bright side of his being shot in Haiti
"It brought light to the fact that there was an election going on that day," the hip-hop artist told PEOPLE on Saturday at the Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas. "I don't think none of you all knew about an election in Haiti until everyone heard what happened to me."
Jean, 41, who had hoped to run for president
of Haiti himself – but was barred
due to residency requirements – said he is on the mend after being struck by a bullet in the hand, which he called "the most famous hand in history."
"It was definitely a graze," he said. "The bullet didn't go in or anything. There's a lot to the story ... The story is about the fact that we had an election and our party is in the lead. It's a young party, trying to take over the country."
Jean says the wound was painful, "but it was more like shock and awe" when he was shot. "They put in the anesthesia and stuff. The pain came after all that."
Jean was performing at Haze on Saturday. With his hand bandaged and covered in a Haitian flag, he was high-fiving fans and even freestyled a rap early in the night poking fun at the fact he was shot.