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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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. Along with the band members, his family and friends, thousands of fans were present, many singing and playing in drum circles. They appeared onstage together at an exclusive block party in New York City that month, hosted by Dave Chappelle. Memorial services were held in Golden Gate Park on August 13, 1995. In September 2004, it was announced that The Fugees have settled their differences and are currently working on a new album. On his passing, he was honored by the President Clinton as being "an American icon". 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. Garcia, who struggled with drug addiction for much of his adult life, was staying at a drug rehabilitation center at the time.

After each member found success in other ventures, the Fugees failed to reform. Jerry Garcia died on August 9, 1995 of heart trouble. 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. Garcia was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. 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. In 1987, ice cream manufacturers Ben and Jerry named one of their flavors Cherry Garcia after this musician. 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". Even in 2005, ten years after Garcia's death, new styles and designs continue to be sold at high-end men's stores and department stores.

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 popularity of the ties might be attributed to their wild patterns and bright colors. 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. A series of ties manufactured based on those paintings has been quite lucrative. 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. Having studied art at the California Academy of Art, Garcia made a second career out of painting. Hill and Jean each went on to successful solo recording careers, while Michel focused mainly on soundtrack recordings and film acting. The documentary "Grateful Dawg" chronicles the deep friendship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman.

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 was also involved with various acoustic projects such as Old and in the Way and other bluegrass bands, including collaborations with noted bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman. Both Jean and Michel are of Haitian heritage; Hill is an African American native of South Orange, New Jersey. In addition to the Grateful Dead (who very frequently toured for long periods), Garcia had numerous side projects, the most notable being the Jerry Garcia Band. The members of the group are leader/rapper/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill, and rapper Pras Michel. Jerry’s tendency to use hard, addictive drugs was evident to those who knew him by the mid 1970s. 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). It was no secret that drugs, especially psychedelics, were condoned in this scene.

Fugees Lyrics (http://www.lyricscafe.com/f/fugees.htm). Some fans dedicated their lives to the band, following the Grateful Dead from concert to concert, making a living by selling handmade goods, arts, crafts and other items in the parking lots of venues before the shows. Fugees Fansite (http://user.aol.com/Snicka/fugee2.htm). From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead toured almost constantly, developing a fan base known as deadheads, renowned for their intensity and devotion. 1996: "Ready or Not". Though he was widely regarded as a kind of guru figure in the San Francisco psychedelic scene, Jerry couldn’t take the role seriously himself. 1996: "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (US #1). Young people were attracted to Jerry not only because of his talent and his tendency to good cheer and general goodwill, but for his obvious intelligence, libertarian sort of attitude, and willingness to speak his mind.

1995: "Fu-Gee-La" (US #29). Echoes of bluegrass, early rock (like Chuck Berry), contemporary blues, country & western, and modern jazz could be heard in Jerry's style, which varied somewhat according to the song or instrumental he was contributing to. 1994: "Vocab". Jerry Garcia's electric-guitar playing melded elements from the various kinds of music that had interested him. 1994: "Nappy Heads" (US #49). In 1965, this group evolved into the Warlocks, which would in turn become the Grateful Dead later in 1965. 1996: The Score. Garcia joined a local bluegrass and folk band called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, whose membership also included Bob Weir and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan.

1994: Blunted on Reality. Later, Hunter would become the main lyricist for the Grateful Dead. Upon returning to the Bay Area, Garcia and a poet named Robert Hunter teamed up to make music. The rigors and the structure of Army life did not appeal to him and he was discharged after accruing two courts martial and eight AWOLs. Garcia was still spending his hours at his leisure, picking up the acoustic guitar.

Though he had a keen and insightful mind, Jerry dropped out of high school in 1960 and enlisted in the Army. Garcia was born in San Francisco, California. Garcia started on the piano, moved on to the guitar, and eventually became a master on many stringed instruments, despite the loss of his right middle finger just below the first knuckle while chopping wood in his youth. He has become one of the most studied 20th Century rock musicians.

Jerry Garcia, (born Jerome John Garcia), (August 1, 1942 - August 9, 1995) is famous as guitarist and primary singer of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead, though his extensive career involved many other projects.

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