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The Fugees translated an intriguing blend of jazz-rap, R&B, and reggae into huge success during the mid-'90s, when the trio's sophomore album The Score hit number one on the pop charts and sold over five million copies. The trio formed in the late '80s in the New Jersey area, where Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel Michel ("Pras") attended a local high school and began working together. Michel's cousin Wyclef Jean ("Clef") joined the group (then called the Tranzlator Crew), and the trio signed to Ruffhouse/Columbia in 1993. After renaming themselves the Fugees (a term of derision, short for refugees, which was usually used to describe Haitian immigrants). Though the group's debut album, Blunted on Reality, was quite solid, it reflected a prevailing gangsta stance that may have been forced by the record label. No matter how pigeonholed the Fugees may have sounded on their debut, the group had obviously asserted their control by the time of their second album, The Score. With just as much intelligence as their jazz-rap forebears, the trio also worked with surprisingly straight-ahead R&B on the soulful "Killing Me Softly With His Song," sung by Lauryn Hill. Elsewhere, Clef and Pras sampled doo wop and covered Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry," giving the record familiarity for the commercial mainstream, but keeping it real with insightful commentary on their urban surroundings. The Score became one of the surprise hits of 1996, reaching number one on the pop charts and making the Fugees one of the most visible rap groups around the world. During 1997, the crew played on the Smokin' Grooves tour, and took time out while Hill gave birth to a child and Clef issued a solo album, The Carnival Featuring the Refugee Allstars. In 1998 Hill released her smash record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and in 2000 Clef released his second solo disc, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book. In turn, their solo success cast further doubt on another Fugees release. ~ John Bush
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Albums by
Fugees

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    The Score

    15 songs

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    The Score

    18 songs

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    Blunted on Reality

    2 songs

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    Take It Easy

    13 songs

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    Playlist: The Very Best of Fugees

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    Greatest Hits

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    Bootleg Versions

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    Original Album Classics

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    Blunted On Reality/The Score

    13 songs

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    Score [LP]

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    Score

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    Blunted on Reality

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    Score: Bootleg Version [Video]

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    Nappy Heads

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    Vocab


Top Songs by
Fugees

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  2.   Killing Me Softly With His Song
  3.   Ready or Not
  4.   Fu-Gee-La
  5.   No Woman, No Cry
  6.   How Many Mics
  7.   Killing Me Softly
  8.   Nappy Heads
  9.   The Score
  10.   The Sweetest Thing by Lauryn Hill
  11.   Vocab
  12.   No Women, No Cry
  13.   The Mask
  14.   Zealots
  15.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  16.   Refugees on the Mic
  17.   Freestyle
  18.   Cowboys
  19.   Take It Easy
  20.   The Beast
  21.   Wanna Be
  22.   Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow
  23.   Fu-Gee-La: Refugee Camp Global Mix
  24.   Mista Mista
  25.   Family Business
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