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Fugees

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The Fugees translated a seamless blend of jazz-rap, R&B, and reggae into huge success during the mid-'90s, when the New Jersey-area trio's seminal sophomore album The Score hit number one on the pop charts and sold over five million copies before winning a pair of Grammy Awards in 1997. Featuring the songs "Killing Me Softly" and "Ready or Not," the effort became a '90s classic, while each member went on to pursue solo careers that extended into the 2000s.

The trio formed in the late '80s in South Orange, New Jersey, where high school friends Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel Michel ("Pras") began working together. Michel's cousin Wyclef Jean joined the group, dubbed the Tranzlator Crew, and they 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), they entered the studio to record their first official full-length, Blunted on Reality. Issued in early 1994, the album showcased a beat-driven, hip-hop crew vibe, with Hill, Jean, and Michel trading verses in a fashion similar to A Tribe Called Quest, Poor Righteous Teachers, and Digable Planets. While an underground favorite, the album didn't make much of a dent on the charts and they veered in a different, but ultimately more successful, direction on their follow-up.

The Score arrived in 1996 and was an instant hit. Retaining some of their earlier jazz-rap spirit, while incorporating traditional R&B that showcased Hill's singing abilities, the album topped charts across the globe and was certified multi-platinum around Europe and in the U.S. Featuring the soulful, chart-topping single "Killing Me Softly" and a top 40 cover of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry," The Score made significant dents in the commercial mainstream while retaining their existing fan base, becoming one of the surprise hits of 1996. At the 1997 Grammy Awards, the Fugees won Best Rap Album and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Killing Me Softly."

Following the success of The Score, the Fugees took a break, pursuing solo endeavors that eventually made the hiatus permanent. Jean issued his first solo album, 1997's The Carnival Featuring the Refugee Allstars, while Michel joined Mya and Ol' Dirty Bastard for the hit single "Ghetto Superstar (That Is What You Are)." In 1998, Hill released her chart-topping, neo-soul opus The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which went on to outsell The Score and win five Grammy Awards in 1999. While Hill bowed out while on top of her game, Pras continued rapping and also pursued acting and film production. Meanwhile, Jean continued to release solo material -- issuing over a dozen albums -- and produced for artists, working with the likes of Destiny's Child, Santana, Shakira, Young Thug, and many more.

Almost a decade after peaking with The Score, they reconvened in 2005, performing together on a European tour and releasing the single "Take It Easy." However, the reunion was brief, and the trio disbanded once again. While their overall time together was short, The Score endures as one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time and each Fugee remained active -- both musically and politically -- for decades to come. ~ Neil Z. Yeung & John Bush, Rovi

Total plays

2.5 billion
Updated on 2024-07-13

Country

United States

Monthly listeners

9,130,499

Followers

1,426,445

Top Cities

  1. United Kingdom
    131,372 listeners
  2. Brazil
    172,994 listeners
  3. Australia
    113,779 listeners
  4. Chile
    131,499 listeners
  5. France
    108,300 listeners

Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
Killing Me Softly With His Song
Killing Me Softly With His Song
710,828,736 4:59 1996-02-13
Killing Me Softly with His Song
Killing Me Softly with His Song
710,828,736 4:59 1996-02-13
Ready or Not
Ready or Not
359,582,348 3:47 1996-02-13
Fu-Gee-La
Fu-Gee-La
166,428,762 4:20 1996-02-13
FU-GEE-LA - Clean LP Version
FU-GEE-LA - Clean LP Version
166,428,762 4:04 2005-10-21
No Woman, No Cry
No Woman, No Cry
81,604,682 4:33 1996-02-13
Zealots
Zealots
40,360,116 4:21 1996-02-13
Nappy Heads - Remix
Nappy Heads - Remix
34,747,634 5:22 1994-02-01
How Many Mics
How Many Mics
26,871,725 4:29 1996-02-13
Boom Biddy Bye Bye - Fugees Remix
Boom Biddy Bye Bye - Fugees Remix
21,678,025 4:03 2014-10-10
No Woman, No Cry - (Edited) [Album Version]
No Woman, No Cry - (Edited) [Album Version]
16,014,972 4:19 2003-01-01
The Score (feat. Diamond D)
The Score (feat. Diamond D)
13,434,816 5:02 1996-02-13
Family Business (feat. John Forté)
Family Business (feat. John Forté)
11,895,897 5:44 1996-02-13
Vocab - Refugees Hip Hop Remix
Vocab - Refugees Hip Hop Remix
10,602,398 4:01 2003-03-25
A Change Is Gonna Come - Live from BBC/Radio 1
A Change Is Gonna Come - Live from BBC/Radio 1
10,195,197 2:45 2003-03-25
The Mask
The Mask
9,930,853 4:51 1996-02-13
The Beast - includes Chinese restaurant skit
The Beast - includes Chinese restaurant skit
8,956,528 5:37 1996-02-13
Cowboys (feat. Outsidaz)
Cowboys (feat. Outsidaz)
7,216,534 5:24 1996-02-13
Red Intro
Red Intro
5,937,888 1:52 1996-02-13
Fu-Gee-La (feat. John Forté) - Refugee Camp Remix
Fu-Gee-La (feat. John Forté) - Refugee Camp Remix
5,823,703 4:22 1996-02-13
Manifest/Outro
Manifest/Outro
5,376,052 5:60 1996-02-13
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Radio Edit
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Radio Edit
5,279,288 3:59 2014-01-31
Fu-Gee-La (feat. John Forté) - Refugee Camp Global Mix
Fu-Gee-La (feat. John Forté) - Refugee Camp Global Mix
5,007,933 4:20 1996-02-13
Don't Cry Dry Your Eyes
Don't Cry Dry Your Eyes
4,849,520 4:15 1994-01-01
Fu-Gee-La - Sly & Robbie Mix
Fu-Gee-La - Sly & Robbie Mix
4,237,701 5:28 1996-02-13
Mista Mista
Mista Mista
3,411,965 2:42 1996-02-13
Recharge
Recharge
3,037,808 5:10 1994-02-01
Boof Baf
Boof Baf
2,899,412 5:09 1994-02-01
Some Seek Stardom
Some Seek Stardom
2,720,723 3:42 1994-02-01
Vocab
Vocab
2,675,853 5:02 1994-02-01
Blunted Interlude
Blunted Interlude
2,445,825 6:49 1994-02-01
The Score (feat. Diamond D)
The Score (feat. Diamond D)
2,399,582 4:08 1996-02-13
Take It Easy - Radio Edit
Take It Easy - Radio Edit
2,268,411 4:21 2005-09-22
Nappy Heads
Nappy Heads
2,116,040 4:29 1994-02-01
Boom Biddy Bye Bye (feat. Fugees) - Fugees Remix
Boom Biddy Bye Bye (feat. Fugees) - Fugees Remix
2,052,578 3:33 1996-08-13
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Live at the Brixton Academy
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Live at the Brixton Academy
1,929,946 2:41 1994-01-01
No Woman, No Cry - Remix w/Steve Marley
No Woman, No Cry - Remix w/Steve Marley
1,724,262 5:28 1994-01-01
Rufugees On The Mic
Rufugees On The Mic
1,723,500 4:58 1994-02-01
Nappy Heads - Remix Radio Edit
Nappy Heads - Remix Radio Edit
1,519,189 4:37 2003-03-25
Fugees - Freestyle
Fugees - Freestyle
1,376,217 1:57 1995-11-06
Hip-Hopera
Hip-Hopera
1,262,280 4:17 1996-09-17
Vocab - Refugees Hip Hop Remix
Vocab - Refugees Hip Hop Remix
1,257,852 4:37 1994-01-01
Killing Me Softly
Killing Me Softly
1,216,852 3:25 2015-05-25
Ready or Not - Clark Kent/Django Remix
Ready or Not - Clark Kent/Django Remix
1,168,799 5:17 1994-01-01
Hip-Hopera [Radio Edit]
Hip-Hopera [Radio Edit]
1,128,139 4:11 1997-02-11
Harlem Chit Chat Interlude
Harlem Chit Chat Interlude
1,116,173 0:50 1994-02-01
Freestyle - Live from BBC/Radio 1
Freestyle - Live from BBC/Radio 1
1,081,299 4:59 2003-03-25
Ready or Not - Remix
Ready or Not - Remix
1,071,435 4:55 2012-05-31
Temple
Temple
1,046,243 4:03 1994-02-01
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Live from MCM
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Live from MCM
1,000,076 4:34 2003-03-25
Cowboys - L.P. Version
Cowboys - L.P. Version
990,550 4:45 2003-03-25
Ready or Not - Salaam's Ready for the Show Remix
Ready or Not - Salaam's Ready for the Show Remix
936,538 4:41 1994-01-01
Nappyheadz
Nappyheadz
895,876 3:40 1994-03-16
Freestyle Interlude
Freestyle Interlude
888,659 1:08 1994-02-01
How Hard Is It
How Hard Is It
866,864 3:52 1994-02-01
Introduction
Introduction
809,802 1:15 1994-02-01
Giggles
Giggles
792,490 4:21 1994-02-01
Ready or Not
Ready or Not
787,283 3:25 2012-01-01
Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow
Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow
764,057 4:00 1994-02-01
Nappy Heads - Mad Spider Mix
Nappy Heads - Mad Spider Mix
723,946 4:27 1994-01-01
Just Happy to Be Me
Just Happy to Be Me
703,632 2:32 1998-01-01
Wanna Be
Wanna Be
578,097 4:03 2012-01-01
Vocab - Salaam's Remix
Vocab - Salaam's Remix
566,877 7:01 1994-01-01
Shouts Out From The Block
Shouts Out From The Block
529,612 9:16 1994-02-01
If I Ruled The World (feat. Nas)
If I Ruled The World (feat. Nas)
517,753 4:35 2015-05-25
Da Kid From Haiti Interlude
Da Kid From Haiti Interlude
472,226 0:60 1994-02-01
Refugees On The Mic - Remix
Refugees On The Mic - Remix
448,722 4:38 2012-01-01
Intro (Wyclef Rap Medley)
Intro (Wyclef Rap Medley)
435,858 3:47 2015-05-25
White Lines (Pras & Lauryn Hill Intro)
White Lines (Pras & Lauryn Hill Intro)
381,170 3:32 2015-05-25
I Shot The Sherriff
I Shot The Sherriff
379,628 2:59 2015-05-25
Ain't No N*gga / Woo-Hah
Ain't No N*gga / Woo-Hah
370,915 2:34 2015-05-25
Ready Or Not
Ready Or Not
271,909 4:24 2015-05-25
No Woman No Cry
No Woman No Cry
262,062 5:20 2015-05-25
Manifest/Outro
Manifest/Outro
261,574 5:16 1996-02-13
Fu-Gee-La
Fu-Gee-La
226,422 4:10 2015-05-25
How Many Mics
How Many Mics
189,479 3:25 2015-05-25
Street Dreams (feat. Nas)
Street Dreams (feat. Nas)
185,070 3:10 2015-05-25
I Know He Watches Me
I Know He Watches Me
171,315 2:02 2015-05-25
Nappy Heads
Nappy Heads
136,637 3:17 2015-05-25
Zealots
Zealots
121,361 4:35 2015-05-25
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Deep House Version [Fugees Mix]
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Deep House Version [Fugees Mix]
73,519 4:59 2021-10-26
Fugée la
Fugée la
23,787 3:28 1996-06-10
Manifest
Manifest
21,726 3:12 1997-09-05
Aún Seguimos de Pie - Tribute to Fugees
Aún Seguimos de Pie - Tribute to Fugees
7,856 4:48 2017-07-15
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - The Fugees Mix
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - The Fugees Mix
4,222 3:55 1995-10-24
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - Refugee Camp Guitar Remix With Rap
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - Refugee Camp Guitar Remix With Rap
3,440 3:55 1995-10-24
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - Refugee Camp Guitar Remix Without Rap
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - Refugee Camp Guitar Remix Without Rap
2,396 3:55 1995-10-24
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - The Fugees Acapella
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - The Fugees Acapella
1,118 3:55 1995-10-24
Special News Bulletin
Special News Bulletin
1,091 0:21 1994-02-01
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - The Fugees Instrumental
Look What You've Done (with Fugees) - The Fugees Instrumental
< 1000 3:55 1995-10-24

New releases

Killing Me Softly With His Song (Deep House Version [Fugees Mix])
Killing Me Softly With His Song (Deep House Version [Fugees Mix])
2021-10-26
[MW Edizioni]
Live at New Pop Festival (1996)
Live at New Pop Festival (1996)
2015-05-25
[Refugee Camp]
Playlist: The Very Best of Fugees
Playlist: The Very Best of Fugees
2012-01-01
[Columbia/Legacy]
Take It Easy
Take It Easy
2005-09-22
[Sony Urban Music/Columbia]
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
2003-03-25
[Columbia]
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
2003-03-25
[Columbia]
Bootleg Versions
Bootleg Versions
1996-11-22
[Ruffhouse/Columbia]
The Score (Expanded Edition)
The Score (Expanded Edition)
1996-02-13
[Columbia]
The Score (Alben für die Ewigkeit)
The Score (Alben für die Ewigkeit)
1996-02-13
[Columbia]
The Score
The Score
1996-02-13
[Columbia]
Blunted On Reality
Blunted On Reality
1994-02-01
[Ruffhouse/Columbia]
Blunted On Reality
Blunted On Reality
1994-02-01
[Ruffhouse/Columbia]
BOOTLEG VERSIONS
BOOTLEG VERSIONS
1994-01-01
[Ruffhouse/Columbia]