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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 Slow Jams

    R&B Slow Jams
    1 song

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    1 song

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
    1 song

    '90s Pop

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

    Love Songs

    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.   Killing Me Softly
  7.   How Many Mics
  8.   The Score
  9.   The Sweetest Thing by Lauryn Hill
  10.   Nappy Heads
  11.   Vocab
  12.   No Women, No Cry
  13.   The Mask
  14.   The Beast
  15.   Recharge
  16.   Freestyle
  17.   Manifest
  18.   Cowboys
  19.   Don't Cry Dry Your Eyes
  20.   Zealots
  21.   Manifesto/Outro
  22.   Wanna Be
  23.   Take It Easy
  24.   Refugees on the Mic
  25.   Some Seek Stardom
  26.   Family Business
  27.   Shout Outs from the Block
  28.   Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow
  29.   Introduction
  30.   Rumble in the Jungle featuring A Tribe Called Quest
  31.   No Woman, No Cry by Steve Marley
  32.   Recognition
  33.   Medley
  34.   Special News Bulletin
  35.   Special New Bulletin
  36.   Shouts Out From The Block
  37.   Harlem Chit Chat
  38.   Da Kid From Haiti
  39.   Special New Bulletin Interlude
  40.   Shouts Outs from the Block
  41.   Mista Mista
  42.   No Woman No Cry - Fugees
  43.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  44.   The Sweetest Thing
  45.   [Untitled Track]
  46.   Temple
  47.   Red Intro
  48.   Manifest/Outro
  49.   Blunted Interlude
  50.   Harlem Chit Chat Interlude
  51.   How Hard Is It
  52.   Freestyle Interlude
  53.   Special News Bulletin Interlude
  54.   Boof Baf
  55.   Giggles
  56.   Da Kid from Haiti Interlude
  57.   [Untitled Track]

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