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The Fugees translated an intriguing blend of jazz-rap, R&B, and reggae into huge success during the mid-'90s, when the trio's sophomore album The Score hit number one on the pop charts and sold over five million copies. The trio formed in the late '80s in the New Jersey area, where Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel Michel ("Pras") attended a local high school and began working together. Michel's cousin Wyclef Jean ("Clef") joined the group (then called the Tranzlator Crew), and the trio signed to Ruffhouse/Columbia in 1993. After renaming themselves the Fugees (a term of derision, short for refugees, which was usually used to describe Haitian immigrants). Though the group's debut album, Blunted on Reality, was quite solid, it reflected a prevailing gangsta stance that may have been forced by the record label. No matter how pigeonholed the Fugees may have sounded on their debut, the group had obviously asserted their control by the time of their second album, The Score. With just as much intelligence as their jazz-rap forebears, the trio also worked with surprisingly straight-ahead R&B on the soulful "Killing Me Softly With His Song," sung by Lauryn Hill. Elsewhere, Clef and Pras sampled doo wop and covered Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry," giving the record familiarity for the commercial mainstream, but keeping it real with insightful commentary on their urban surroundings. The Score became one of the surprise hits of 1996, reaching number one on the pop charts and making the Fugees one of the most visible rap groups around the world. During 1997, the crew played on the Smokin' Grooves tour, and took time out while Hill gave birth to a child and Clef issued a solo album, The Carnival Featuring the Refugee Allstars. In 1998 Hill released her smash record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and in 2000 Clef released his second solo disc, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book. In turn, their solo success cast further doubt on another Fugees release. ~ John Bush
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Stations Featuring

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    5 songs

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    1 song

    Latin Oldies

    Latin Oldies
    1 song

    '90s R&B

    1 song

    '90s Alternative

    1 song

    '90s Pop

    1 song

    Love Songs

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

    Underground Hip-Hop

    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Killing Me Softly With His Song
  3.   Ready or Not
  4.   Fu-Gee-La
  5.   No Woman, No Cry
  6.   How Many Mics
  7.   Killing Me Softly
  8.   Nappy Heads
  9.   The Score
  10.   Vocab
  11.   The Sweetest Thing by Lauryn Hill
  12.   No Women, No Cry
  13.   Family Business
  14.   Zealots
  15.   The Beast
  16.   The Mask
  17.   Wanna Be
  18.   Cowboys
  19.   Refugees on the Mic
  20.   Manifest (Outro)
  21.   Red Intro
  22.   Mista Mista
  23.   Blunted Interlude
  24.   Manifest/Outro
  25.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  26.   Special News Bulletin
  27.   Shouts Out From The Block
  28.   Take It Easy
  29.   Giggles
  30.   Harlem Chit Chat Interlude
  31.   How Hard Is It
  32.   Temple
  33.   Special News Bulletin Interlude
  34.   Freestyle Interlude
  35.   Recharge
  36.   Don't Cry Dry Your Eyes
  37.   Da Kid From Haiti Interlude
  38.   Da Kid From Haiti
  39.   Introduction
  40.   Boof Baf
  41.   Some Seek Stardom
  42.   Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow
  43.   Shout Outs from the Block
  44.   Freestyle

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