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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. Grant is a longstanding member of the Gospel Music Association (GMA), who awards the Dove Awards annually and is maintainer of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. They appeared onstage together at an exclusive block party in New York City that month, hosted by Dave Chappelle. This further outraged some fans, but the numbers were more than counterbalanced by those gained. In September 2004, it was announced that The Fugees have settled their differences and are currently working on a new album. Grant remarried the next year to Vince Gill. 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. Fans were not thrilled.

After each member found success in other ventures, the Fugees failed to reform. The two separated, then divorced. 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. 1997's Behind the Eyes, however, struck a much darker note, and it soon became clear that Grant's longtime marriage to Gary Chapman was at an end. 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. House of Love continued in the same vein. 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". Heart in Motion is her best-selling album, having sold over 5 million copies.

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 track "Baby Baby" (written for Grant's new-born daughter, Millie), however, became a massive hit, and Grant was established as a name in the mainstream music world. 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. Nevertheless, when Heart in Motion was released three years later, many fans were shocked and outraged that the album was so clearly one of contemporary pop music. 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. An uncharacteristical upbeat song, "Saved by Love", was was a minor hit, receiving airplay on radio stations featuring newly emerging Adult Contemporary format. Hill and Jean each went on to successful solo recording careers, while Michel focused mainly on soundtrack recordings and film acting. This album, too, contained many songs that were not obviously "Christian".

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. 1988's Lead Me On, released after Grant had become a mother and undergone considerable strain in her marriage, is considered her most mature album, both lyrically and musically. Both Jean and Michel are of Haitian heritage; Hill is an African American native of South Orange, New Jersey. Amy Grant scored her first Billboard Number One hit with "The Next Time I Fall", a breezy duet with Chicago frontman Peter Cetera. The members of the group are leader/rapper/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill, and rapper Pras Michel. "Find a Way," from Unguarded, became the first Christian song to hit Billboard's Top 40 list. 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). 1985's Unguarded shocked some fans for its very mainstream sound (and Grant's leopard-print jacket, in four poses for four different covers).

Fugees Lyrics (http://www.lyricscafe.com/f/fugees.htm). Her goal was to become the first Christian singer-songwriter who was also successful as a contemporary pop singer, being successful in both genres. Fugees Fansite (http://user.aol.com/Snicka/fugee2.htm). Hardly had Grant established herself as the rightful "Queen of Christian Pop", however, when she changed directions to widen her fan base (and hence her musical message). 1996: "Ready or Not". 1982's Age to Age was her first album to make critics sit up and take notice. 1996: "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (US #1). As an English major at Vanderbilt University, Grant quietly made a few more albums, before abandoning her college career for one in music.

1995: "Fu-Gee-La" (US #29). Signed to a record company at the age of sixteen, Grant's first, self-titled album (largely self-composed) was a runaway success in terms of the Christian music market of the time. 1994: "Vocab". To date she has 5 gold and 6 platinum albums. 1994: "Nappy Heads" (US #49). She has won multiple Grammy and Dove awards and was elected to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2003. 1996: The Score. She was initially most successful in the "Christian pop" or CCM genre, and is notable for being one of the first CCM artists to have successfully crossed over into the mainstream pop music market.

1994: Blunted on Reality. Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American singer-songwriter whose music has strong Christian themes. Greatest Hits 1986-2004 (2004). 20th Century Masters-The Christmas Collection: The Best of Amy Grant (2003). Simple Things (2003).

Her Greatest Inspirational Songs (2002). Legacy: Hymns and Faith (2002). A Christmas To Remember (1999). Behind the Eyes (1997).

House of Love(1994). Home For Christmas (1992). Heart in Motion (1991). Lead Me On (1988).

The Collection (1986). Unguarded (1985). Straight Ahead (1984). A Christmas Album (1983).

Age to Age (1982). In Concert, Vol. 2 (1981). In Concert, Vol. 1 (1981). Never Alone (1980).

My Father's Eyes (1979). Amy Grant (1977).

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