Famous hip-hop trio from The Nineties
. The members of the group are rapper/singer/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer/producer Lauryn Hill and rapper Pras Michel.
The group is known for jump-starting alternative hip-hop into the mainstream. Before The Fugees, most alternative hip-hop artists usually stayed in the underground. Now it's hard to get away from the scene, as roughly 50 percent of hip-hop heard on the radio is alternative.
Their first album, Blunted In Reality
, is rarely acknowledged, and when it is it's just considered So Okay It's Average
. The album became an Old Shame
for them after they released The Score
in 1996. The album was critically praised and is considered a classic. Notable on the album was "Killing Me Softly", which was a Roberta Flack cover.
After the album, the group split up to for a series of solo careers: Lauryn Hill
has had the most successful, winning Grammys, releasing the album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
(which later became a source of controversy when Hill was revealed to have not written most of the album's music), while Wyclef has had a semi-successful solo career, gaining acclaim for his debut solo album The Carnival
and subsequently scoring top 5 hits with Carlos Santana, Destinys Child
Unfortunately for the group, it was later revealed that Wyclef and Lauryn Hill had been on-again, off-again lovers and that during production of Hill's solo album the two had a nasty falling out that derailed any chances for a full-time reunion (though the trio have done some one-off shows).While Wyclef and Pras continue to record, Hill has become a Reclusive Artist
This musical trio provides examples of:
- Album Filler: The Score has filler moments after each song. Most of it still worth listening to, since it is pretty humorous.
- "Shouts Out From The Block" from "Blunted On Reality", a shout-out to all their friends and colleagues, which takes over 9 minutes (!) and is just an inside-joke List Song, uninteresting to people outside their personal network of friends.
- Album Intro Track: Done on "Blunted On Reality" and "The Score".
- Break-Out Character: Even in the early days Lauryn Hill stood out among her fellow band members.
- Cover Version: Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly" and Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" on The Score.
- Drugs Are Bad: Rather ambiguous in their message. On the one hand they criticize it, on the other hand they reference it at least once in all their lyrics.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: The lyrics on "Blunted On Reality" are difficult to follow because everybody shouts and raps so hard, while the beats are so prominent that they distract from the lyrics. No tracks stand out and Lauryn Hill isn't as prominent represented as she would be on "The Score".
- Fugitive Arc: Their band name. Also a theme on their albums.
- Garfunkel: Pras.
- Genre Roulette: The band tried to combine elements from reggae and ragga in their hiphop songs.
- Jamaica: Reggae, Jamaica, rastafarianism and ganja are referenced a lot in their lyrics.
- Jump Scare: Lauryn says "Boo" in the introduction of "Blunted On Reality".
- Large Ham: Wyclef. For example: check out "Mista Mista" in which he's Chewing the Scenery beyond the ridiculous.
- Let's Get Out of Here: Both on "Blunted On Reality" and "The Score" some sketches have the band running away from the police.
- List Song: Each album ends with a spoken list full of shout-outs to all their friends. While the one on "The Score" is short and to the point the one on "Blunted On Reality" takes over 9 (!) minutes!
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Wyclef Jean imitates Louis Armstrong's voice on "Nappy Heads" on "Blunted On Reality".
- Reference Overdosed: It would warrant its own page.
- Shout-Out: "Sunglasses At Night" by Corey Hart is referenced both on "Blunted On Reality", as well as on "The Score".
- Special Guest: The reggae duo Sly & Robbie on The Score.
- Spoken Word In Music: The Fugees enjoyed making humourous sketches and skits between the album tracks.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The Score (1996), their second album, was received with far more critical and commercial success than their first album, "Blunted On Reality" (1994). Even the band members themselves sees "Blunted On Reality" as an Old Shame.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Wyclef, Pras and Lauryn.