Personalities | The Fugees | Nineties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1987–97, 2004–present)

Although Wyclef Jean and cousin Prakazrel ‘Pras’ Michel had Haitian backgrounds, The Fugees came together in New York, with Lauryn Hill completing this multi-instrumental compositional singing and production trio. Blunted On Reality (1994), released as Fugees Tranzlator Crew, contained most of the components of their sound blending in acoustic guitars and reggae along with traditional beats and hip hop musical motifs. The Score (1996) was perfection, blending samples from sources as diverse as Enya’s ‘Song For Bodecia’ and generating masterful hits including a magnificent modern day retooling of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’. Hill’s compelling and emotional delivery of ‘Killing Me Softly’ was offset beautifully by the casual trademark interjections – ‘one time’ – of her partners. The album became a deserved international hit. Whilst fans awaited a follow-up, The Bootleg Versions (1996) was released featuring remixed tracks from both albums. Pras, Wyclef and Hill then went solo, the latter releasing The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1998), which sold internationally.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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