17 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It was a deep-dish cover of the Roberta Flack oldie "Killing Me Softly With His Song" that pushed this record over the top in sales, but what makes The Score resonate is a smart male/female dynamic — the trio's third member is Lauryn Hill — a humanism that comes through both in rhyme and music, and, oh yeah, bizarre laughs. (One interlude features a Michael Jackson-humming Chinese-takeout owner administering a beatdown to a recalcitrant customer.)

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It was a deep-dish cover of the Roberta Flack oldie "Killing Me Softly With His Song" that pushed this record over the top in sales, but what makes The Score resonate is a smart male/female dynamic — the trio's third member is Lauryn Hill — a humanism that comes through both in rhyme and music, and, oh yeah, bizarre laughs. (One interlude features a Michael Jackson-humming Chinese-takeout owner administering a beatdown to a recalcitrant customer.)

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
537 Ratings
537 Ratings
YourRightNut ,

Hip Hop is unfair

How is it that great hip hop albums like this are compltely overlooked, and crap like souja boy or flo rida sits on the top of the charts. This is true hip hop. These mc's are extremely talented and the lyrics are creative and thoughtful. The fact that great albums like this don't get any recognition just blows my mind

Hip-Hop For All ,

best rap album ever

this is simply the best hip hop album ever created. It's a shame the Fugees are having issues with their record label in terms of artistic freedom. This album has reason for being the best selling hip hop album ever (18x Platinum), because it is simply a masterpiece. Every song has an amazing beat, with conscious, well though-out lyrics from Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, and Pras. Lauryn Hill does some of her best rhyming on the album and shows why she's an inspiration for all women in hip hop.

There is not a bad song on the album. At all. Listen from beginning to end with no problem.

J-Hale ,

ridiculous.

this album is one of hip-hop's masterpieces and it only has 3 reviews? these mc's are sick.

About Fugees

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

ORIGIN
South Orange, NJ
FORMED
1987

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