Sunday, March 4, 2012

Fugees The Score



The Score

The Score is the second and final studio album by the hip hop trio Fugees, released worldwide February 13, 1996 on Columbia Records. The album features a wide range of samples and instrumentation, with many aspects of alternative hip hop that would come to dominate the hip hop music scene in the mid-late 1990s. The Score's production was handled mostly by the Fugees themselves and Jerry Duplessis, with additional production from Salaam Remi, John Forté, Shawn King, and Diamond D. The album's guest raps are from Outsidaz' members Rah Digga, Young Zee and Pacewon, as well as Omega, John Forté, and Diamond D. Most versions of the album feature four bonus tracks, including three remixes of "Fu-Gee-La", and a short acoustic Wyclef Jean solo track entitled "Mista Mista."

Upon its release, The Score was a commercial success, peaking at the number one spot on both the Billboard 200, and the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart (it was a number-one album on the latter in 1996 on the year-end chart). The singles "Killing Me Softly," "Fu-Gee-La," and "Ready or Not" also achieved notable chart success, and helped the group achieve worldwide recognition. On October 3, 1997, The Score was certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition to receiving mostly favorable reviews upon its release, the album has garnered a considerable amount of acclaim over the years, with many music critics and publications noting it as one of the greatest albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. In 1998, the album was included in The Source's 100 best rap albums list, and in 2003, it was ranked number 477 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

1 "Red Intro"
* DJ Red Alert / Ras Baraka
—— —— 1:52

2 "How Many Mics"
* Intro: Wyclef Jean / Lauryn Hill
* Chorus: Wyclef Jean / Lauryn Hill
* First verse: Lauryn Hill
* Second verse: Wyclef Jean
* Third verse: Pras
Fugees,
Shawn King,
Jerry Duplessis
* "Twilight Time" performed by The Moody Blues
4:29

3 "Ready or Not"
* Chorus: Lauryn Hill
* First verse: Wyclef Jean
* Second verse: Lauryn Hill
* Third verse: Pras
Fugees,
Jerry Duplessis
* "Boadicea" performed by Enya
* "Django" performed by Modern Jazz Quartet
* "Ready or Not, Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)" performed by The Delfonics
* "God Made Me Funky" performed by The Headhunters
3:47

4 "Zealots"
* Chorus: Wyclef Jean
* First verse: Wyclef Jean
* Second verse: Lauryn Hill
* Third verse: Wyclef Jean
* Fourth verse: Pras
Fugees,
Jerry Duplessis
* "I Only Have Eyes for You" performed by The Flamingos
* "I Ain't Got Nothin' " performed by The Temptations
4:21

5 "The Beast"
* Chorus: Wyclef Jean
* First verse: Lauryn Hill
* Second verse: Wyclef Jean
* Third verse: Wyclef Jean
* Fourth verse: Lauryn Hill
* Fifth verse: Wyclef Jean
* Sixth verse: Wyclef Jean
* Seventh verse: Pras
Fugees,
Jerry Duplessis —— 5:37

6 "Fu-Gee-La"
* First verse: Wyclef Jean
* Chorus: Lauryn Hill
* Second verse: Lauryn Hill
* Third verse: Pras
* Fourth verse: Wyclef Jean
Salaam Remi
* "Ooo La La La" performed by Teena Marie
* "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" performed by Ramsey Lewis
4:20

7 "Family Business"
* Backing vocals: Lauryn Hill
* First verse: Omega
* Second verse: Wyclef Jean
* Third verse: Wyclef Jean
* Fourth verse: Lauryn Hill
* Fifth verse: Lauryn Hill
* Sixth verse: John Forté
* Outro: Wyclef Jean / Lauryn Hill
Fugees,
John Forté,
Jerry Duplessis
* "Je Vais T'Aimer" performed by Michel Sardou
5:44

8 "Killing Me Softly"
* Intro: Wyclef Jean / Lauryn Hill
* Verses, chorus: Lauryn Hill
Fugees,
Jerry Duplessis
* "Bonita Applebum" performed by A Tribe Called Quest
* "Killing Me Softly with His Song" performed by Roberta Flack
* "Fool Yourself" performed by Little Feat
* "Memory Band" performed by Rotary Connection
* "The Day Begins" performed by The Moody Blues
4:59

9 "The Score"
* First verse: Wyclef Jean
* Second verse: Wyclef Jean
* Third verse: Pras
* Fourth verse: Lauryn Hill
* Fifth verse: Diamond D
Diamond D,
Fugees,
Jerry Duplessis
* "Dove" performed by Cymande
* "My Melody" performed by Eric B. & Rakim
* "Planet Rock" performed by Afrika Bambaataa
5:02

10 "The Mask"
* Chorus: Fugees
* First verse: Wyclef Jean
* Second verse: Lauryn Hill
* Third verse: Pras
Fugees,
Jerry Duplessis
* "Nights in White Satin" performed by The Moody Blues
4:51

11 "Cowboys"
* Chorus: Wyclef Jean
* First verse: Pacewon / Wyclef Jean
* Second verse: Lauryn Hill / Rah Digga
* Third verse: Pras / Young Zee
* Fourth verse: John Forté
Fugees,
John Forté,
Jerry Duplessis
* "Something 'Bout Love" performed by The Main Ingredient
* "The Gambler" performed by Kenny Rogers
* "Soul Makossa" performed by Manu Dibango
5:24

12 "No Woman, No Cry"
* Wyclef Jean
Fugees,
Jerry Duplessis
* "No Woman, No Cry" performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:33

13 "Manifest/Outro"
* First verse: Wyclef Jean
* Second verse: Lauryn Hill
* Third verse: Pras
* Outro: DJ Red Alert
Fugees,
Jerry Duplessis
* "Rock Dis Funky Joint" performed by Poor Righteous Teachers
6:00

14 "Fu-Gee-La" (Refugee Camp Remix)
* First verse: Wyclef Jean
* Chorus: Wyclef Jean
* Second verse: John Forté
* Third verse: Lauryn Hill
* Fourth verse: Pras
* Fifth verse: Wyclef
* Outro: Wyclef Jean
Fugees,
Jerry Duplessis —— 4:24

15 "Fu-Gee-La" (Sly & Robbie Mix)
* Intro: Sly & Robbie
* First verse: Wyclef Jean
* Chorus: Lauryn Hill
* Second verse: John Forté
* Third verse: Lauryn Hill
* Fourth verse: Pras
* Fifth verse: Wyclef Jean
* Outro: Akon
Handel Tucker —— 5:28

16 "Mista Mista"
* Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean —— 2:42

17 "Fu-Gee-La" (Refugee Camp Global Mix)
* First verse: Wyclef Jean
* Chorus: Lauryn Hill
* Second verse: Lauryn Hill/ Wyclef Jean
* Third verse: Pras
* Fourth verse: Wyclef Jean
Fugees —— 4:20


Personnel

* Wyclef Jean – vocals, guitar, producer
* Lauryn Hill – vocals, producer, arranger
* Pras Michel – vocals, producer
* John Forté – vocals, producer, drum programming
* Diamond D – vocals, producer
* DJ Red Alert – vocals
* Omega – vocals
* Pacewon – vocals
* Rah Digga – vocals
* Young Zee – vocals
* Sly Dunbar - drums, drum programming
* Ras Baraka – vocals
* Akon – vocals
* Robbie Shaakespeare - bass
* Backspin – DJ scratches
* DJ Scrible – DJ scratches
* Jerry Duplessis – producer
* Salaam Remi – producer
* Shawn King – producer
* Handel Tucker - producer, keyboards
* Warren Riker – recorder, engineer
* Bob Brockman – engineer
* Gary Noble – engineer
* Eddie Hudson - engineer, mixing
* Delroy Pottinger - engineer
* Courtney Small - engineer

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