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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. (see Simon and Garfunkel for joint works with Paul Simon). They appeared onstage together at an exclusive block party in New York City that month, hosted by Dave Chappelle. Garfunkel made news in early 2004 when he was arrested for possession of marijuana. In September 2004, it was announced that The Fugees have settled their differences and are currently working on a new album. In 2003, he reunited again with Paul Simon for an US tour, followed by a 2004 international tour. 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. The concert features several musical guests, including James Taylor, Garfunkel's own wife, Kim, and his son James.

After each member found success in other ventures, the Fugees failed to reform. Perhaps his most noteworthy recent release is his live 1996 concert Across America, recorded live at the registry hall on Ellis Island. 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. None of these projects garnered much critical success, and Garfunkel did not release another album until 1993's Up 'til Now. 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 this, Garfunkel left the music scene for several years, but returned in 1988 with the album Lefty. 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". They next worked on a new studio album together, but Garfunkel left the project, not agreeing with Simon's lyrics.

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. Following disappointing sales of his 1981 album Scissors Cut, Garfunkel reunited with Paul Simon for the famous concert in Central Park. 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. In between, he also acted in a few movies, including Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge (1971) with Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, and Ann-Margret. 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. A version of Bright Eyes also appeared in the movie Watership Down. Hill and Jean each went on to successful solo recording careers, while Michel focused mainly on soundtrack recordings and film acting. In the 1970s, Garfunkel released a few solo albums, and although he did not reach the heights that Simon and Garfunkel had reached, he still scored hits with I Only Have Eyes For You and Bright Eyes (both British #1 hit singles), and All I Know (#9 in the United States).

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. However, citing personal differences and divergence in career interests, they split following the release of their most critically acclaimed album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, in 1970. Both Jean and Michel are of Haitian heritage; Hill is an African American native of South Orange, New Jersey. The combination of Garfunkel's sweet and melodic voice with Simon's song-writing capacities caused the duo to be among the top acts of the 1960s. The members of the group are leader/rapper/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill, and rapper Pras Michel. In 1963 they reformed the duo under their own names. 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). Garfunkel attended Columbia University in the early sixties.

Fugees Lyrics (http://www.lyricscafe.com/f/fugees.htm). Between 1956 and 1960, the two had performed together as Tom & Jerry. Fugees Fansite (http://user.aol.com/Snicka/fugee2.htm). He met his future singing partner, Paul Simon in the sixth grade. 1996: "Ready or Not". Garfunkel was born on November 5, 1941 in Forest Hills, New York, a section of Queens, in New York City. 1996: "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (US #1). Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel is an American singer, best known as half of the folk duo Simon and Garfunkel.

1995: "Fu-Gee-La" (US #29). Boxing Helena (1993). 1994: "Vocab". Good to Go (aka Short Fuse) (1986). 1994: "Nappy Heads" (US #49). Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1980). 1996: The Score. Carnal Knowledge (1971).

1994: Blunted on Reality. Catch-22 (1970). Everything Waits to Be Noticed (2002). Songs from a Parent to a Child (1997). Across America (live) (1997).

Up 'til Now (1993). Lefty (1988). Scissors Cut (1981). Fate for Breakfast (1979).

Watermark (1977). Breakaway (1975). Angel Clare (1973).

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