Wyclef Jean hints at new Fugees album
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Wyclef Jean hints at new Fugees album

Earlier this year, legendary trio The Fugees reunited for an impromptu Philadelphia performance where the 1990s outfit performed some of their most well-known hits, including, ‘Killing Me Softly’, ‘Ready Or Not’ and ‘Zealots’. However, One of the group’s most prominent members, Wyclef Jean, has hinted that there may be a new project from the trio.

During their prime, The Fugees were unstoppable. Comprised of Lauryn Hill, Michel Pras and Wyclef Jean, the trio are often considered one of the most impactful alternative hip-hop groups of all time and their 1996 album, The Score, is one of the highest-selling rap projects of all time. 

Lauryn Hill only released one solo studio album in 1998 and in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine’s podcast, 500 Greatest Albums podcast explained why she never returned, detailing, “The idea of artists as public property, I also always had a problem with that. I agreed to share my art, I’m not agreeing necessarily to share myself. The entitlement that people often feel, like they somehow own you, or own a piece of you, can be incredibly dangerous.”

The Fugees haven’t released much music as solo artists, and the little that they have has gone relatively unnoticed. Following her debut, Hill went off the radar. Wyclef Jean appeared on Shakira’s pop anthem, ‘Hips Don’t Lie’, but in his solo music decided to return to his roots and made the switch to recording in his native language of Haitian Creole, disconnecting himself from the mainstream.

That said, earlier this year, the group’s first lady, Lauryn Hill, embarked on a nationwide tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her debut album, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. Accompanied by Jean, the emcee sold out shows across the US and, while in LA, was interviewed by the well-known hip-hop media outlet TMZ.

Jean was asked about how he feels concerning fans’ love for The Fugees 25 years after their debut, to which he responded, “We’re blessed, we’re fortunate. For Ms Hill, Pras, us, this is monumental. This was a group we started in high school. Bono from U2, when I was 25, he told me, ‘You know y’all the hip-hop Beatles!'”

When asked about a new project, Jean began acting coy, suggesting that there was something in the works that he couldn’t talk about. He hinted at them finally preparing a release. However, nothing concrete has been confirmed yet.