Throwback Thursday: The Fugees

The Score, without a doubt, is my most favorite hip-hop album of all time.  I am aware that it is a bold statement given the incredible selections that are out there.  The Score is the first and only compact disc that I completely wore out.  Yes, wore out.  I played it so much that it stopped working in any device.  If you want to verify that fact you can check with my 1996 college roommate who listened right along whether he liked it or not.

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Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill & Pras

Many people falsely believe that The Score was the first album from the hip-hop trio.  Blunted on Reality, released in 1994, was actually their first official release.  There is some great material on that album, but The Score is what unleashed The Fugees on the world. Popular covers of “Killing Me Softly” and “No Woman No Cry” served as the fly paper that caught people that might have steered away from music that combined hip-hop, reggae and Caribbean sounds.  The Fugees were master wordsmiths that strung together memorable lyrics.  Not only did I wear out The Score, but it is also the only album that I know all the lyrics from start to finish.

The saddest thing about writing this post is that I have to use wording that talks about The Fugees in the past tense.  The trio had a epic rise to fame that had everyone knocking on their doors.  The formula that they used with The Score seemingly set the stage for a career that would churn out dozens of incredible records.  But, it seems like anytime you bring together so much talent into one room you are bound to have conflict.  Chatter has always pointed to infighting and creative differences within the camp.  Fame has a way of doing that I guess.  In 2004 the gang reunited for Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.  2005 brought us the single “Take It Easy” that got everyone talking about a comeback.  Alas, it seems like a reunion is just as possible as me raising unicorns for profit.  Ah, but a boy can dream can’t he?

Members of The Fugees have done some great stuff on their own as well.  Wyclef certainly has been the one that forged ahead and made a name for himself as a solo act.   Lauryn dropped the groundbreaking album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and then pretty much dropped off the face of the earth.  The Fugees seem to have a very complicated relationship that is hindering the release of future work.  Thankfully what remains uncomplicated is the pure genius of The Score.

KC’s Personal Picks: “FU-GEE-LA”, “How Many Mics” & “Ready or Not”

Check out the action packed video for “Ready or Not”

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Kevin has a long history of discovering the best music out there. He started off as an event coordinator for a ton of different types of shows and slowly started to grow his musical interests over time. Maybe some of those interests included the Baja Men, maybe they didn't.

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