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Reminisce With M.I.S.S: The Fugees

The Fugees

The Fugees

Dear Lauryn Hill: Why’d you run away from those styles you had, oh baby, oh baby, cause you had a lot, oh yeah, and anywhere you go, M.I.S.S Crew’s gonna catch up with you, you can’t hide from the block, oh no. Just playin, but the reclusive star was once such an adept wonder in the game. Her break from The Fugees in 1997 came just a year after The Score was released to much critical and mainstream acclaim, the album sold over 15 million copies worldwide and won them two Grammy Awards. Rumours swirled that relations between Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean were rough, and that the song “Lost Ones” off of Hill’s solo album, released in 1998, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was veiled in references to him, “It’s funny how money changes situations/
Miscommunication leads to complication/My emancipation don’t fit your equation,” that album was so good. Wycelf, Pras, and Lauryn tried putting rumours and ill feelings aside at Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2006 performing Lost Ones as well as hits like Fu-gee-La, Ready Or Not, and Killing Me Softly, an album was supposedly in the works. However interviews with both Pras and Wyclef have painted a bleak picture. Pras told Allhiphop.com, “Before I work with Lauryn Hill again, you will have a better chance of seeing Osama Bin Laden and [George W.] Bush in Starbucks having a latte, discussing foreign policies, before there will be a Fugees reunion,” Pras told AllHipHop.com. “At this point I really think it will take an act of God to change her, because she is that far out there.” Hill has a reputation for cancelling shows and distaste for the oversexualized music industry. Even though they haven’t produced much work over the years, in 2007 MTV named The Fugees the 9th greatest hip hop group ever.

Even though the group isn’t together each member has enjoyed success as a solo artist. Whether they are producing music or raising awareness of social issues, Pras and Wyclef continue to be active in the industry.

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