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The Fugees

The Fugees are an American music group, popular during the mid-1990s, whose repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Carribean music (particularly reggae). The members of the group are leader/rapper/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill, and rapper Pras Michel. Both Jean and Michel are of Haitian heritage; Hill is an African American native of South Orange, New Jersey. Deriving their name from the term "refugee", the group is noted for the integration of soul and reggae into their work, and recorded two albums--one of which, The Score, was a multi-platinum and Grammy-winning success--before going their separate ways after 1997. Hill and Jean each went on to successful solo recording careers, while Michel focused mainly on soundtrack recordings and film acting.

The trio released their first LP, Blunted on Reality, after a long period of performing, but the album failed to live up the expectations of fans who attended their concerts. Despite the relative failure of their first album, The Score became one of the biggest hits of 1996 and was one of the first hip hop albums to incorporate reggae in a major way. The Fugees were known for their unusual choice of covers and sampling sources on both albums; The Score, for example, included covers of "No Woman No Cry" (Bob Marley & the Wailers) and "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (Roberta Flack), which was their first and only #1 pop hit. The album also included a re-interpretation of The Delfonics' "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)" in their hit single "Ready or Not". The Fugees won two 1997 Grammy Awards: The Score won for Best Rap Album, and "Killing Me Softly With His Song" won for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

After 1997, the Fugees all began solo projects: Hill started work on her critically acclaimed The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Jean began producing for a number of artists (including Destiny's Child and Carlos Santana) and recorded his debut album The Carnival, and Michel, with Mya and Ol' Dirty Bastard, recorded the single "Ghetto Superstar" for the soundtrack to the Warren Beatty/Halle Berry film Bulworth. After each member found success in other ventures, the Fugees failed to reform. Though the Fugees remain tight-lipped about the exact reasons, most fans believe that a serious personality conflict between Hill and Jean contributed to their breakup following The Score.

In September 2004, it was announced that The Fugees have settled their differences and are currently working on a new album. They appeared onstage together at an exclusive block party in New York City that month, hosted by Dave Chappelle.

Discography

Albums

  • 1994: Blunted on Reality
  • 1996: The Score

Singles

  • 1994: "Nappy Heads" (US #49)
  • 1994: "Vocab"
  • 1995: "Fu-Gee-La" (US #29)
  • 1996: "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (US #1)
  • 1996: "Ready or Not"


External Links

  • Fugees Fansite (http://user.aol.com/Snicka/fugee2.htm)
  • Fugees Lyrics (http://www.lyricscafe.com/f/fugees.htm)

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. They appeared onstage together at an exclusive block party in New York City that month, hosted by Dave Chappelle. (While Kenny G himself claims not to be a jazz musician, he is frequently criticised by jazz afficionados for his supposed lack of technical proficiency.). In September 2004, it was announced that The Fugees have settled their differences and are currently working on a new album. Richard Thompson also weighed in on the controversy with a song called "I Agree with Pat Metheny", in which he sang "a meeting of great minds, how nice / like Einstein and Sporty Spice". Though the Fugees remain tight-lipped about the exact reasons, most fans believe that a serious personality conflict between Hill and Jean contributed to their breakup following The Score. Pat Metheny excoriated him for his "incredible arrogance" in defiling "the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great Louis's tracks (even one of his lesser ones)".

After each member found success in other ventures, the Fugees failed to reform. Kenny G became involved in controversy when he overdubbed his saxophone onto a Louis Armstrong recording. After 1997, the Fugees all began solo projects: Hill started work on her critically acclaimed The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Jean began producing for a number of artists (including Destiny's Child and Carlos Santana) and recorded his debut album The Carnival, and Michel, with Mya and Ol' Dirty Bastard, recorded the single "Ghetto Superstar" for the soundtrack to the Warren Beatty/Halle Berry film Bulworth. In 1994, Kenny G won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for Forever in Love. The Fugees won two 1997 Grammy Awards: The Score won for Best Rap Album, and "Killing Me Softly With His Song" won for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. As of 2003, Kenny G was named the 25th-highest selling artist in America by the RIAA, with 47.5 million albums sold in the USA [1] (http://www.riaa.com/gp/bestsellers/topartists.asp). The album also included a re-interpretation of The Delfonics' "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)" in their hit single "Ready or Not". His cross-over into pop music has lead to negative reviews from many music critics, although he remains highly popular with the American buying public.

The Fugees were known for their unusual choice of covers and sampling sources on both albums; The Score, for example, included covers of "No Woman No Cry" (Bob Marley & the Wailers) and "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (Roberta Flack), which was their first and only #1 pop hit. Influenced heavily by the likes of Grover Washington Jr., his own albums are usually classified as smooth jazz. Despite the relative failure of their first album, The Score became one of the biggest hits of 1996 and was one of the first hip hop albums to incorporate reggae in a major way. He has released many solo albums and collaborated with various artists including Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Aretha Franklin. The trio released their first LP, Blunted on Reality, after a long period of performing, but the album failed to live up the expectations of fans who attended their concerts. In 1981 Kenny G signed with Arista Records as a solo artist. Hill and Jean each went on to successful solo recording careers, while Michel focused mainly on soundtrack recordings and film acting. He has a degree in accounting from the University of Washington.

Deriving their name from the term "refugee", the group is noted for the integration of soul and reggae into their work, and recorded two albums--one of which, The Score, was a multi-platinum and Grammy-winning success--before going their separate ways after 1997. He adopted his stage name when he turned professional at the age of 17 and started playing in Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. Both Jean and Michel are of Haitian heritage; Hill is an African American native of South Orange, New Jersey. Kenneth Gorelick (born June 5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an American saxophonist who was born in Seattle. The members of the group are leader/rapper/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill, and rapper Pras Michel. Ultimate Kenny G. The Fugees are an American music group, popular during the mid-1990s, whose repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Carribean music (particularly reggae). Paradise.

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