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” The Score”: The Fugees Hip Hop Classic Turns 25

25 years later, we’re still witnessing the magic from “The Score” by hip hop trio The Fugees.

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Twenty-five years ago, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras made hip hop history as The Fugees with their classic sophomore album, The Score.

The Score

With hits such as “Fu-Gee-La,” “Ready Or Not,” and the timeless, record-breaking single, “Killing Me Softly,” the album garnered wide success.

Earning the trio two Grammy Awards for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for that hit single, and the award for Best Rap Album.

The Score Ms. Lauryn Hill @ The Mayan
Ms. Lauryn Hill @ The Mayan by Justin Higuchi

It was a commercial success, peaking at the number one spot on both the ”Billboard” 200 and the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Reaching certified 6X’s platinum status on October 3, 1997, by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album charted the evolution of a new breed of hip-hop and neo-soul, with its perfect blend of doo-wop, soul, R&B, and reggae sound.

Still, 25 years later, its relevancy is just as great as the day February 13, 1996, when it entered our lives.

About the Author

Yana Reynolds
Yana Reynolds

Yana is a literary artist and avid podcaster using her superpower of writing and storytelling to connect to the heart of people.

As the co-host of the Melanated Conversations podcast, she holds space for the amplification of Black women’s voices. With listeners spanning over 80 countries, she honors the transformative narratives of Black women around the globe.

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