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The Fugees back together

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by mackmode, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. mackmode

    mackmode Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 6, 2004 Messages: 101 Likes Received: 0


    For the biggest comedian in the world right now, the secretive neighborhood jam was his Summer of '69, a hip-hop and R&B Woodstock that featured a hit list of his favorite artists, including a surprising reunion of the Fugees, the hip-hop trio that disbanded after their second and last album, The Score, sold 15 million copies worldwide. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras came together to headline the day-long concert, which was shot by famed film and music-video director Michel Gondry for a likely DVD release.

    Chappelle graced the stage to introduce the Fugees to a crowd that was expecting just a Lauryn Hill solo performance (see "Chappelle Throwing A Block Party With Kanye, Lauryn, Others"). "We were going to have Lauryn Hill perform tonight but Columbia [Records] wouldn't clear her songs," Chappelle said, referring to Hill's record label. "So she came up with a better idea. Ladies and gentleman — the Fugees!"

    As the thundering bass of Bone Crusher's "Never Scared" blasted through the speakers, Wyclef ran onto the stage, getting the crowd hyped with lines from the Fugees' "Nappy Heads (Remix)." Moments later, Hill entered the stage, receiving a rousing cheer from the hundreds of fans who had gathered on the L-shaped block in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. Wearing a short khaki coat over a flowing white pantsuit and Yankees cap cocked to the side, Hill resembled the performer of old — not the unstable, unkempt artist she's been made out to be in recent years.

    Hill's verse and the emergence of Pras punctuated "Nappy Heads" and the group's other hits, which included "Fu-Gee-La" and "Ready or Not." When Hill hit her verse on "Ready or Not," the crowd joined in enthusiastically: "So while you're imitating Al Capone/ I'll be Nina Simone ..." Though Hill's new work is supposed to be in the singer/songwriter mold, she was all about dropping lyrics on this night, except when she gloriously sang "Killing Me Softly" to minimal accompaniment from the backing band.

    The reunion's most delicious moment came when Wyclef, standing at a mic with his guitar, told the crowd it was time to put an end to all the rumors. Immediately, the band behind him unleashed the rhythmic stabs of Lauryn Hill's solo cut "Lost Ones," which many have considered to be a veiled declaration of autonomy from Hill toward her former bandmate. "It's funny how money change a situation/ Miscommunication leads to complication/ My emancipation don't fit your equation," she rapped, shoving herself in Wyclef's grill. While Pras and Hill danced around him with mock anger, Wyclef simply held his pose, eyes rolled upwards as he took the faux-abuse. It was a self-aware moment that underscored the genuine bond the three once shared with one another.
  2. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 2
    "I'd rather my kids starve than have white people buy my album"

    great....nice to have you back bitch
  3. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    It's been said that her saying that shit about white people is a myth along the lines of Tommy Hilfigger saying he doesn't want black people buying his clothes. I dug the Fugees back when The Score was blowing up, that show must have been sick.
  4. mikro137

    mikro137 Guest

    i never did nor will i ever support the fugees trite and cumulatively cliche songwriting.
  5. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    Hey, I challenge you to name one song that samples Enya more successfully.

  6. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    wYclef does the worst show ever. its like a karaokee jam. so terrible.
    my friend and i had our own little haters ball while he was playing at some music festival. wick-wick-wack!
  7. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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  8. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 2
    Hmmm...i dunno poop man.....smacks of a well-caluclated PR move to save face to me. I wouldn't put it past her to say something like that. After all, hating on whitey is all the rage these days.

    i never dug the Fugees anyway.

    edited for the gratuitous use of the word "anyway"
  9. iloveboxcars

    iloveboxcars 12oz Royalty

    Joined: Jul 29, 2002 Messages: 20,506 Likes Received: 450
    the songs i've heard from the fugees i've liked :eek:
  10. slave_one

    slave_one Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 4, 2003 Messages: 2,745 Likes Received: 2
    i liked the fugees, i loved lauryn hill's solo album,
    but i don't know if i can listen to them now.
    wyclef gets on my nerves.
  11. effyoo

    effyoo Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 2, 2002 Messages: 4,703 Likes Received: 0
    wyclef needs to get his dreads loosened. he's rocking more of a topknot than dreads these days.
  12. snowkid

    snowkid Member

    Joined: Feb 18, 2004 Messages: 398 Likes Received: 0
    it seems to me like they are at serious risk of ruining their legacy... pras and wyclef's recent material has been less than amazing, if they can pull their shit together and make a good album it would surprise me
  13. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    the fugees used to be nice.

    i wonder if they can still rock it.
  14. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
    Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you
  15. sneak

    sneak Guest

    mate, in england since the early summer weve been inundated with fucking songs using that sample. First mr Winans and p diddy did that ok "ok for the 1st or 2nd listen if you skip the pdiddy rap" tune. then we had a uk artist, shola ama, come back with an answer version which as you can imagine...is crap. on top of all that, you have the remixs of said records, then the garage versions, the the dnb versions, then the house ones! its been killing me softly.

    enya must be loving it £££££!!

    having said all that, i personally loved the score - and i have also bought the majority of the solo albums (well, one wyclef one and the lauren hill one). the score was heavy, it had jokes interludes - the kung fu in a chinese restaurant (or was it BK?), sick tunes (ready or not, fugeela etc).

    being at that show would have been heavy.