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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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Stations Featuring

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    5 songs

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    1 song

    Latin Oldies

    Latin Oldies
    1 song

    '90s R&B

    1 song

    '90s Alternative

    1 song

    '90s Pop

    1 song

    Love Songs

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

    Underground Hip-Hop

    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  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.   The Score
  9.   Nappy Heads
  10.   Vocab
  11.   The Sweetest Thing by Lauryn Hill
  12.   No Women, No Cry
  13.   The Mask
  14.   Family Business
  15.   Blunted Interlude
  16.   The Beast
  17.   Cowboys
  18.   Manifest (Outro)
  19.   Zealots
  20.   Mista Mista
  21.   Special News Bulletin Interlude
  22.   Red Intro
  23.   Freestyle
  24.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  25.   Refugees on the Mic
  26.   Boof Baf
  27.   Introduction
  28.   Manifest/Outro
  29.   Special News Bulletin
  30.   Shouts Out From The Block
  31.   Da Kid From Haiti
  32.   Wanna Be
  33.   Take It Easy
  34.   Da Kid From Haiti Interlude
  35.   Giggles
  36.   Harlem Chit Chat Interlude
  37.   How Hard Is It
  38.   Temple
  39.   Freestyle Interlude
  40.   Don't Cry Dry Your Eyes
  41.   Recharge
  42.   Some Seek Stardom
  43.   Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow
  44.   Shout Outs from the Block

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