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. In 1991, Guthrie bought the church that had served as Alice Brock's former home, which had been made famous by the song, and converted it to the Guthrie Center (http://www.guthriecenter.org), an interfaith meeting place that serves people of all religions. In September 2004, it was announced that The Fugees have settled their differences and are currently working on a new album. He collaborated with poet Adrian Mitchell to tell the story of Chilean folk singer and activist Víctor Jara in song. 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. Like his father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo often sings songs of protest against social injustice.

After each member found success in other ventures, the Fugees failed to reform. He also had a minor hit with his song "Coming into Los Angeles". 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. Guthrie also made famous Steve Goodman's song "City of New Orleans", a paean to long-distance rail travel. 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. The song also provided the scenario (and much of the soundtrack) for the film Alice's Restaurant (movie). 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". (compare with the song "Haddocks' Eyes" in Through the Looking-Glass).

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. To quote one of the song's Carrollian twists:. 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. There are many parodies of the song as well. 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. Alice's Restaurant was revised and updated some years later to protest Reagan era policies, but the second version has not been released on a commercial recording. Hill and Jean each went on to successful solo recording careers, while Michel focused mainly on soundtrack recordings and film acting. The first recording of the song was done at the exact same time as the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

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. The lyrics to the song can be found at this location on Guthrie's web site: [1] (http://www.arlo.net/lyrics/alices.shtml) Although it has some fantastical elements, it is based on a true story. Both Jean and Michel are of Haitian heritage; Hill is an African American native of South Orange, New Jersey. "Alice's Restaurant" is regularly played on some radio stations every Thanksgiving. The members of the group are leader/rapper/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill, and rapper Pras Michel. The song describes how Guthrie was hauled into court for littering some of Alice's garbage after discovering that the dump was closed for Thanksgiving, and because of the resulting criminal record he was eventually rejected as unfit for military service when he was called up for the draft. The characters in the story, including both Alice and "officer Obie", who arrested him, became famous in their own right as a result of the song. 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). Alice, in this case, was restaurant owner Alice Brock, who lived in a former church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Fugees Lyrics (http://www.lyricscafe.com/f/fugees.htm). The song, a bitingly satirical protest against the Vietnam War draft, recounts a true Thanksgiving adventure that began at Alice's Restaurant, where "you can get anything you want (excepting Alice)". Fugees Fansite (http://user.aol.com/Snicka/fugee2.htm). His most famous work is "Alice's Restaurant", a story song that lasts 18 minutes and 20 seconds. 1996: "Ready or Not". He graduated from the controversial Stockbridge School of Massachusetts in 1965, and briefly attended Rocky Mountain College. 1996: "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (US #1). He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947.

1995: "Fu-Gee-La" (US #29). Arlo Guthrie is an American folk singer who is the son of folk singer and composer Woody Guthrie. 1994: "Vocab". Mystic Journey (1996). 1994: "Nappy Heads" (US #49). Alice's Restaurant - The Massacree Revisted (1996). 1996: The Score. More Together Again (1994).

1994: Blunted on Reality. 2 Songs (1992). Son of the Wind (1992). All Over the World (1991). Someday (1986).

Precious Friend (1982). Power Of Love (1981). Outlasting the Blues (1979). One Night (1978).

The Best of Arlo Guthrie (1977). Amigo (1976). Together In Concert (1975). Arlo Guthrie (1974).

Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys (1973). Hobo's Lullaby (1972). Washington County (1970). Running Down the Road (1969).

Arlo (1968). Alice's Restaurant (1967).

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