+ Limited Edition pressed on gold and orange mixed, coloured vinyl.
+ Includes download code insert.
Widely regarded as one of the finest hip-hop records of all time, the second & final album from Fugees, was originally released in Febuary 1996.
On their breakthrough, Fugees got heads nodding to their infectious blend of hip-hop, reggae, and R&B. Flipping effortlessly between gritty realism and sly humor, the trio captivated millions with their charismatic mic skills, dropping street-smart rhymes over fierce, soulful beats (“Ready or Not,” “Zealots”). Lauryn Hill’s sultry hooks helped make 'The Score' a pop smash, and while it’s packed with undeniable singles, the album keeps us bouncing from start to finish.
A breath of fresh air in the gangsta-dominated mid-90s, 'The Score', marked the beginning of a resurgence in alternative hip-hop. Its left-field, multi-platinum success proved there was a substantial untapped audience with an appreciation for rap music but little interest in thug life.
'The Score''s eclecticism, social consciousness, and pop smarts drew millions of latent hip-hop listeners back into the fold, showing just how much the music had grown up. It not only catapulted the Fugees into stardom, but also launched the productive solo careers of Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill, the latter of whom already ranks as one of the top female MCs of all time based on her work here.
Not just a collection of individual talents, the Fugees' three MCs all share a crackling chemistry and a wide-ranging taste in music. Their strong fondness for smooth soul and reggae is underscored by the two hit covers given slight hip-hop makeovers (Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry").
Even when they're not relying on easily recognisable tunes, their original material is powered by a raft of indelible hooks, especially the great "Fu-Gee-La".
1. Red Intro
2. How Many Mics
3. Ready Or Not
5. The Beast
7. Family Business
8. Killing Me Softly
9. The Score
10. The Mask
12. No Woman, No Cry
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