The iconic hip hop trio consisting of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel have announced a Fugees reunion tour to celebrate 25 years of their classic sophomore album The Score. The album, which became the group’s final project, was released on Feb. 13, 1996.
The Score spent four weeks at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, won two Grammys including Best Rap Album and went six times platinum in under two years. It became the third bestselling album of 1996. Notable hits from the album included “Killing Me Softly,” and “Ready or Not” which in 2008 was among then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s favorite songs, according to NPR.
The Score brought the group to new heights including successful solo careers, which many believe was at the heart of their breakup. In his autobiography Purpose, Jean stated his affair with Ms. Hill is what ultimately caused the demise of the group. However, the group did not collectively split until 2006.
A year later, Michel told Allhiphop.com we would have, “a better chance of seeing Osama Bin Laden and [George W.] Bush in Starbucks having a latte, discussing foreign policies,” than to see him work with Ms. Hill again.
It seems that has all changed. The anniversary tour will be the group’s first show together in 15 years. They are scheduled for a secret New York City pop-up show on Sept. 22, with shows following throughout in the United States, Europe and Africa later this year.
In a press release, Ms. Hill said: “The Fugees have a complex but impactful history…. I decided to honor this significant project, its anniversary, and the fans who appreciated the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we loved, and set an example of reconciliation for the world.”
Jean added: “As I celebrate 25 years with the Fugees, my first memory was that we vowed, from the gate, we would not just do music we would be a movement. We would be a voice for the un-heard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”
Check out the Fugees tour dates below.
09-22 New York City, NY – Venue TBD
11-02 Chicago, IL – United Center
11-07 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
11-12 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
11-18 Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
11-21 Miami, FL – FTX Arena
11-26 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
11-28 Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
11-04 Paris, France – La Defense Arena
11-06 London, England – The O2
Date TBD: Nigeria – Venue TBD
12-18 Ghana – Venue TBD