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Their remake of "Killing Me Softly" was the hit, but that's only the beginning of the story. A hip-hop trio whose talents reach out into the world of the pop song (Wyclef Jean is a fine guitar player, and Lauryn Hill's a heck of a singer), the Fugees are also all distinctive, inventive rappers--you find yourself waiting for each of them to take the next verse in turn. The beats are the familiar crossed-armed boom-bip, but the group's understated grooves and subtle effects lie low in the mix. Aside from two kicky covers of classics (the other is Marley's "No Woman, No Cry"), The Score's focus is on the stars' rhyming with the free-form grace of performance poets and showing that they've thought deeply about the issues they raise. --Douglas Wolk

1. Red Intro
2. How Many Mics
3. Ready Or Not
4. Zealots
5. The Beast
6. Fu-Gee-La
7. Family Business
8. Killing Me Softly
9. The Score
10. The Mask
11. Cowboys
12. No Woman, No Cry
13. Manifest/Outro
14. Fu-Gee-La (Refugee Camp Remix)
15. Fu-Gee-La (Sly & Robbie Mix)
16. Mista Mista

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 13, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: February 13, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002B5L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on June 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With four massive hit singles and 17 million copies shifted worldwide, the Fugees did, indeed, score big time in 1996 with "The Score." Never before had a rap act ever being so highly praised whilst managing to sell so many records. After 1994's "Blunted On Reality" passed by almost unnoticed, the Fugees pulled themselves together, seemingly matured by ten years and really knuckled down throughout 1995 - the result of which was The Score. Displaying a youthful exuberance fuelled with a wise-beyond-their-years knowledge of urban society, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel "Pras" smashed their way into the public conscious and firmly established themselves as one of the most talented and popular Hip-Hop acts of all time. They achieved this all within the space of two years and with one album which would sadly be their last...
Inflated egos and a desire to prove their impeccable solo talents (along with scraps within the group) resulted in the demised of one of the most lauded trios ever. What is left is a legacy which we can only hope will be resurrected someday - although with Lauryn (or Ms. Hill as she now prefers to be called) currently battling serious personal demons, the future doesn't look good (I hope that genius brings out another solo album - surely can't be as good as "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" though...can it?!). Success, fame and power tore them apart and this album is the only real thing we have left to remember them by.
Adopting the alias "Refugee Camp," the Fugees brought something fresh to the scene in the mid-90's. Their fusion of rap and pop was exciting and very ground-breaking. It sounds not so today, but eight years ago it definitely was - before everyone was ripping it off.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kapriva on August 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When Lauryn Hill dropped "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill", critics and laymen alike tried to act like the excellence on that album had no precedent. Like they couldn't see it coming. Likewise, Wyclef's "The Carnival" was praised with no homage to the past. People tried to act like the Fugees were some mediocre trio which bred two phenomenally talented stars, with Pras as an afterthought. In reviews for Miseducation, I often saw folks saying "The Score" was alright, but...." Please! This is one of the best hip-hop albums I've ever heard! And, though Pras' solo turn produced such hokey material as "Ghetto Superstar", he was a big part of why the Fugees were so good. He and Lauryn are the star rappers here. Wyclef is better doing the eclectic, instrumental stuff highlighted on the middle and end part of Carnival. It makes me cringe when people point to "The Score" being famous only for "Killing Me Softly", which was a break from most of the rest of the album, in that it was a hip-hop/soul track rather than rap. KMS was a nice song, but the true gems on the album are the bleak-sounding, down-tempo numbers like "Family Business" and "Ready or Not". "Fu-gee-la" is great, also, as is the opener "How Many Mics". Their rhymes are not dumbed down. get references to the Sword of Damocles and Parallax. The precise, intellectual MCing Lauryn was praised for on Miseducation was totally evident on this album, which predates that record by 3 years. I really can't think of a bad track on this record. And, 5 years later, I still listen to it and it's still better than just about anything in the mainstream today. And, this record sold something like 17 million copies worldwide. It's a shame these Jersey/Brooklyn kids (and they WERE kids then, which makes it more amazing..remember Lauryn was only 23 when TMOLH came out in '99) couldn't seem to get along. They were the bomb!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Done on December 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Fugees (Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Pras) sophomore album "The Score" (1996) is a first class album and deserves all the recognition it has recieved. Musically and lyrically the Fugees dropped a gem with this release, delivering an album to remember. What I appreciate most about this album is the variety of musical influences the Fugees use in there music whether it be Hip Hop, Soul, Reggae, Gospel or Blues. The Fugees do justice to the originals on there covers for "Killing Me Softly With His Song" (Roberta Flack) and "No Woman, No Cry" (Bob Marley), both of these songs are off the hook. I wont front either, I had never heard the original versions back in 96, but have since listened to and enjoyed them and become a Bob Marley fan, thanks to this album. Love the instrumentals, Fugees rhyming and Lauryn Hill's outstanding vocals on "Ready or Not" and "Fu-Gee-La". The Fugees rip "Zealots" warning other MCs not to mess around, and talk about police discrimination on "The Beast". The darkly deep "Family Business" with Omega and Forte is another sick track. Both the "Fu-Gee-La" mixes are good, I especially like the "Refugee Camp Remix". Individually and collectively the Fugees shine on the "The Score" an album for every Hip Hop collection.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Big RG on July 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I don't know about everyone else, but when I throw on this album the beats automatically make me bounce. The mix of rap, raggae, r&b, and Lauryn Hill's sweet vocals just paralyzes you. The slow, methodical rhythm of the record just captures your mind. From the grooves of "Ready or Not" to the fast-paced hip-hop of "Fu-Gee La" to the raggae remake of Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" to the most famous "Killing Me Softly" ballad, the CD doesn't grow dull or allow you to drift away. Unlike most groups, the Fugees mix up their styles and sounds in order to keep you rapt and attentive. This album is great.
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