About The Cold Cut...

The musings of a teenage audiophile. Indie, Rock, Hip-Hop, Rap, Dance, Dubstep, Garage, Metal... music crosses all boundaries. The Cold Cut is devoted to giving you a taste of what's going on in music at the moment.

About Me

A 17 year old taking his first tentative steps into the world of blogging. In my first year, its been up and down, from the slow first months to a busy time around the one year anniversary.

The Fugees: 10 years on

It's a unfamiliar feeling, when, at the tender age of 17, you encounter the feeling of nostalgia. But its almost 10 years to the day since the Fugees broke up, and I can still remember the day when I first heard 'Ready Or Not', and "The Score" brought the Fugees into the limelight. For those of you who don't remember them (where have you been?), the hip-hop trio were on the top of their game before they decided to disband their multi-Grammy winning project in 1997 and go their separate ways. But where are they now, after their short-lived, unsuccessful, reunion in 2004? Check out some tracks from the reunion, their respective solo careers and some old stuff, throughout the post.

Fugees- Take It Easy
Fugees- Foxy
Fugees- Killing Me Softly

Lauryn Hill- Well, what can I say? Hill is an unbelievably talented woman, rapping, singing her heart out and generally excelling in every path available to her. She was, and still is, a unique talent, one which the Fugees built their sound around, for understandable reasons: how many other women tick the boxes? And yet the rumours say that Hill was the reason they broke up in the first place, after going a bit 'crazy', and ramming horns with Pras. Yet why has she yet again removed herself from the public eye after her critically acclaimed solo album, "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill"? Sure, she released an MTV Unplugged album, but other than that, her only output has been a song with Joss Stone and a new single, 'Lose Myself'. I have to be brutally honest and say that I believe that the ball lies in her court. Hill seems to have an issue with the industry, claiming that the world can't deal with the prospect of a successful, black, female artist. Hopefully she can get over her issues and release her new album, which has been in post-production for a long while now.

Lauryn Hill- Doo Wop (That Thing)
Lauryn Hill- Lost Ones

Wyclef Jean- Whereas Lauryn and Pras have both become recluses, Jean is still very much in the public eye, with his sixth album-"The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" coming out on December 4th. The 6 albums have been met with glistening reviews, and suggest that Wyclef might be the Fugee with the longevity. Last year, he even found his way onto the Shakira record, with 'Hips Don't Lie'. Whereas the Fugees are the best-selling hip-hop group ever, Wyclef's solo offerings move in a completely different direction, harking back to his Haitian roots. This isn't a bad thing by any means, but might explain why Wyclef's popularity hasn't peaked since going solo.

Wyclef Jean- Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)
Wyclef Jean- Take Me As I Am (ft. Sharissa)

Pras- Prakhazal Michel was the founding member of the Fugees, but following their breakup he's been the one with the least success, and seemingly the least talent. The scenario is this: Pras is in grave danger of being eclipsed by his cohorts. But lets get things straight: he was the one with the ideas, and although he hasn't really found his way as a solo artist, I wouldn't count him out just yet. His latest album, the unfortunately titled "Experience Magic" comes out March 2008; maybe it will be a case of 3rd time lucky, for Michel, who has twice promised that his latest album will be the one we've been waiting for...

Pras- Haven't Found

So there you have it... 10 years on, and all three artists have carved out their own niche, or not, in Pras' case. But with Wyclef's album coming out in a couple of days, and Lauryn and Pras's both on the cusp of being released, the Fugees are still very much making their mark in the music world. If only Lauryn can sort out her 'problems', maybe they could have a reunion which lasts longer than a couple of weeks. But do you want one? Do you have any memories of the Fugees which you think could be spoilt by them reforming? And what do you think made them so special in the first place?

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