This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

February 13th - The Fugees release their sophomore chart topping, multi-platinum selling album “The Score”, on Ruffhouse Records, on this day in 1996.

The three-person crew of Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras, formerly known as The Fugees Tranzlator Crew, broke crossover ground on this classic album which infused hip-hop, reggae, R&B and pop, with strands of rock, spaghetti western and classical themes thrown in for good measure.

“The Score” would win a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and the album’s smash hit single, a cover of the Roberta Flack classic “Killing Me Softly (With His Song)”, shortened here to “Killing Me Softly”, took home another Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group.

“The Score” also produced the huge hits “Ready Or Not”, “Fu-Gee-La”, “Cowboys” and a cover of the Bob Marley classic “No Woman, No Cry”.

“The Score” would feature production by Jerry Duplessis, Shawn King, Salaam Remi, Diamond D, John Forte as well as The Fugees.

This album would propel The Fugees to large crossover success, as well as opening rap music in general, up to other markets. The Fugees would later disband after the success of “The Score” to pursue solo careers and work on other projects.


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