Wyclef Jean: "Fugees Are Not Meant To Be"

Wyclef effectively quashed any hope of a Fugees reunion.

Despite a brief 2004 reunion, recent shows from Lauryn Hill, and making amends with Pras, Wyclef Jean says that there's no chance the Fugees will record together again.

"I saw Pras on the flight and as a Fugees member I didn't know whether to elbow him, shoot him or give him a kiss and we gave a hug (sic)," explained Clef in an interview with BBC.
 
"When it comes to Lauryn and Pras, it's my childhood, they always bring me to that place," he explained, clearly feeling the nostalgia many Fugees fans feel to this day. "Bono's U2 calls The Fugees the Hip Hop version of the Beatles. It was the first band of Hip Hop in our generation."
 
Unfortunately, while Wyclef has fond memories of the Fugees' past, he has no optimism for their future. "At the end of the day Pras is my brother and Lauryn is my sister, despite what the media say. The Fugees are not meant to be. We're rock stars from a locked group. You're going to have egos and differences but at the end of the day I love them both very much."

36 Comments

  • James Evans

    funny thing is the replies @ scottie are just as racist as his comment. What makes you better? I don't agree at all with what he said, but at least he put his name and face up while most of his replies are anonymous. and a lot of y'all don't know hiphop either.

  • Jersey Finest Kings

    Fugees man repppin JersEy... Checkout my facebook page for some hip hop

  • Dr. Lyrical

    Hurts to read but we are appreciative of your honesty Wyclef!

  • Scottie Minor

    to each white person that leaves a comment... this is what i want you to do ... go and buy a pair jays, baggy jeans and a doo rag and a big gold chain and look in the mirror and say (yo!!! what up son) and see how stupid u look lol lol lol .... every time u see a white person in the hood and they try and act black and talk black... everybody laughs... white people even dance funny.. when black people listen to rap music we all can relate to what the rappers is saying ... cause thats what we go through.. what the fuk white people kno about pissy hallways,crakk dealing,friends getting murked in front of ya,roaches,hustlin in the hallways for a week straight pullin all nighters.. wakein up wit like 3 geeez in yo pocket... 3 year old kids playin outside a 3 in da mornin.... half of diz white people commenting live in the nice suburbs ...a white person shouldn't have a right to comment on rap.. itz not a part of their culture .. they don't know nothing about the hood or the struggle... so how can they relate to what we go through ,,,people leaving comments calling other muthafukers coons and racist shi!!!... first off if u not even black why are u on thiz site ... thiz site iz for black people ... go and get on cmt.com ... white mutherfukers or another race iz allways trying to fit in and be black... do u know how stupid it looks when a whiite person trys and act or dress black... u have to feel me on thiz.... u ever seen a white boi wit a pair jays on and baggy jeans and a doo rag.... that shit looks toooooooooo funny lol lol lol ... why u think they made the movie (malibu most wanted) it was to show people how dumb white people or another race look when they act black.... when white people try and dance or move they body like a black person ... that shit look too funny...

    • jigsaw

      And Since when was hip hop defined as gangster rap?? Come to England Dickhead and Visit our cities. Whites and blacks live side by side and all go through the same shit. Its Not about colour you ignorant bastard... props to that kid wit tha crown

    • jigsaw

      Go fuck yourself you racist piece of shit.

    • Andrew

      You racist inbred fucker. Go get a life you dipshit and suck my big WHITE dick faggot

    • Anonymous

      "white people account for something like 90% of hip-hop sales" thats really the bottom line ! imagine rappers would rap about stuff white guys need to understand ? i would love that.. but most famous rappers act like they rap for "The hood" .. while selling to white people mostly.. yet you rarely find a track explaining to white ppl what they need to know.. im white and to me its just a waste of time to think about clothes and what other people wear period. i dont give a shit how you look cause your a man ! and also the language of 1 human will influence another human.. so if millions of white people dress black, talk black.. ultimately this will bring us all a step forward.. as jay-z said its hard to be a white racist when you love snoop dogg ever since your 13

    • Anonymous

      1) it's kind of funny this guy takes time out of his day to comment on white people this and white people that and he so damn light skinned he could pass for macaulay culkin's brother. 2) he's real brave to be talkin shit and he has his facebook pic up like someone wouldn't recognise him the street and fuck him up

    • William Katzki

      @Scottie Minor....u sound ignorant as fuk....What do white people no about the hood nd the struggle nd friends gettin murked....i got 2 friends doin 25to life for a murder a close friend of mine was murdered nd another one is set to have trial this month for a murder....now im white all my friends r black...i dont try to fit in or do wat they do...they accept me for who i am.....nd wat do u mean white ppl cant relate to the content of hip hop songs...all the shit u were talking about was ra not hip hop....hip hop is kweli common mos def ppl that have a message in there music nd lyrics.....not like Waka nd shit who tlks about the same shit in every song nd doesnt even make it clever......ND IF U CAME TO MY CITY ND SAID SOME RACIST SHIT LIKE THAT WITH MY PPL AROUND U MITE NOT MAKE IT HOME SAFELY..NOW IM NO GANGSTER GANGBANGER OR A THUG BUT TRUST ME I NO AND HANG OUT ND GREW UP WIT PLENTY OF THEM........

    • OC PRODUCTIONS

      i dnt even comment on these sites but wtf how ignorant can u b mfka? It aint about white or black nemore buddy its about rich and poor and if u think only black ppl are poor than ur definetly as dumb as the comment u left. cuz as long as white and black are seperated by this line that U help maintain, there will be poor ppl. our seperation only makes the elite who control us stronger. u fake ass internet thug wt u no about tht???

    • Anonymous

      white people account for something like 90% of hip-hop sales, so we have more of a right to be here than you. lol

    • fuck my name bastid!

      Yeah, whites look stupid?? So i guess the Besatie Boys look stupid?? You racist black piece of shit!! im ashamed to be black with u commenting like that. I know quite a few white boys that was rasied in the slums! That broke day with me plenty of times hustling on the block! we sleepin in each other cribs sharing 5$ chicken wing platters from the Chinese store.. You need to wake the fuck up pussy!! Come to North Philly PUSSY!! You'll see dirty white boys and ricans getting it in all day err day u fuckin maggot!!!you closed mined fuck!!!!

    • The One Who Wears The Crown

      Big ups @ TheKidWithTheCrown

    • ThatKidWithTheCrown

      What are you the fucking New Black Panthers? Get the fuck out of here Zulu Shabazz. Hip-hop is rooted in the black experience but it is open to all people. You just sound like any other fucking KKK racist mother fucker in black face. You wanna dance for us nigger? Put on a little minstrel show? Your just making people laugh, setting black people back and pushing the stereotype that all blacks are full of violence and hatred. "Everybody wanna be black?" Nigga what the fuck is black to you? Your making "black culture" sound like its all about living in the hood and being gangsta. You think niggas wanna be that? No, and you shouldn't either. These rappers you listen to, Lil Wayne and the like, they don't live in the hood. You can bet your ass they got out of there. That's what every one wants to do. No one wants to live and die in the hood. Does this mean that because I want to move my family out of the ghetto, so they can have a better life, that I want to become "white"? Thats some backwards ass thinking nigga. Anybody can live in the ghetto. There's poor white and latinos and asians too. Blacks have a higher proportion in the ghetto as a effect of racism. But that does not mean black = ghetto.

  • Yeah-yeah

    You know that, for all intents and purposes, Jimmi Hendrix is only remembered for one album, right? You know that, for all intents and purposes, The Doors are only rememberd for one album, right? You know that, for all intents and purposes, Michael Jackson is only remembered for one album, right? Sadly, this is what separates the average Hip hop fan from the average rock/pop/jazz/bluees fan...Hip hop fans are, on the average, pretty dumb and uneducated. It's like you have no context for your statements at all. You have no history behind your understanding; no research or cultural reverence. Everything is just numbers and chart statistics -- you have no soul. Goddamnit, the modern-day manifestation of blues music, and its listners have no soul. Imagine that. The Fugees are, and will remain, the sinlge most influential and important Hip hop band in recent history. Aside from them are perhaps the Cold Crush and Grand Master and the Furious Five. Maybe Outkast. From them came the Dungeon Family, Outkast, and from them Kanye and the current bohemian movement of Lupe, Cudi, Wale, Drake and skinny jeans. From them come Neo-Soul, Hip Hop soul, reggaeton. From Lauryn Hill we got Alicia Keys, India Arie, Jasmin Sullivan; from Wyclef we got (in part) Damian Marley, Will I Am; and from Pras we got a very good documentary on the homeless that few people know about, but in actuality should. The Fugees single-handedly changed hip hop irrevocably. And because of "Hip hop fans"....they will be forgotten. It wont' be until probably 50 years later -- like with the blues -- some white guy will be going through his father's CD collection and come across "Blunted on Reality" that they will finally get the resepect they deserve. Because that man will probably be a rock fan. And like I said early, when compared to rock/blues/jazz fans, hip hop fans are just...stupid. EDIT:: Let's not forget their influence on British, "Blue-eyed Soul". Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone as well as Corinne Bailey Rae.

    • Jason Smith

      The Roots?...

    • Anonymous

      First off, did you say Michael Jackson is only known for one album?! That is single handedly the most ignorant statement in your attempt to be knowledgable about music. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure he's remembered for the string of hits that his catalog is comprised of that spans four decades and not just the "Thriller" album. Secondly, to piggy-back off of what Anonymous was alluding to, the Wu Tang Clan, by far had more of an impact on hip hop as a group than the Fugees ever did. You want to talk about influence. The Wu Tang sound changed the soundscape of hip hop, from production to the way emcees rhymed. Hell, there's production on "The Score" that's evidently influenced by the soundscape that Robert "Prince Rakeem/Rza" Diggs was providing hip hop at the time. Kid, was easily one of the top three most influential hip hop producers of the 1990's. I could go on for days about that but I'm not in the mode. The Wu also did something that no other group had ever done by allowing each member to pursue solo careers while still being members of the group. This, in turn, allowed the group to showcase the individual talents of every member in effort to maximaze the Wu Tang brand by turning each one into a star of their own. Why is that important? Because that's exactly the formula one Percy "Master P" Miller followed in creating the geographic shifting of hip hop to 'Down South' movement known as No Limit Records. You know, the record label that was the cataclysm for a new generation of rap fans to look "down south" to New Orleans in the late 90s for their brand of hip hop. Why is that important? Because that exactly what one New Orleans native Brian "Baby" Williams and brother ?? "Slim" Williams did after forming their supergroup, the "Hot Boys". And we all know what has "weezed" it's way from that grouping. Yeah, that's Wu Tang influence...and that's not even half of the battle. You wanna know how else the Wu impacted hip hop?! Ask Erykah Badu. Ask Andre "3000" Benjamin. Ask Reggie "Redman" Noble. Ask Lupe Fiasco. Ask Nasir "Nas" Jones about Wu. Ask Marshall "Eminem" Mathers about Wu. Ask Nappy Roots about Wu. Ask O'shea "Ice Cube" Jackson about Wu. Man, screw music. Ask director F. Gary Gray about Wu. Ask director director Jim Jarmusch about Wu. Ask director Quentin Tarrentino about Wu. Hell, even go ask all the kids that made up the hip hop generation during the 90's in the countries of China and Japan about Wu. And not just those two countries either. Austria, France, Nigeria, Brazil, Haiti!!! (That's Wyclef territoryWu Tang legacy in HUGE!!! Then ask them all about the Fugees. While "The Score" did open the world to the wonderful talents of Miss Lauren Hill and Wyclef Jean (Pras not as much), it did not produce a group as impactful to hip hop as Wu. It's not even close.

    • Anonymous

      not knockin what yeah yeah and truth kid said but there is a substantial amount of dickriding going on when they dont mention the wu-tang. knowing fully well they kick down doors way before outkast and any others ever did.

    • ThatKidWithTheCrown

      Not knocking The Fugees or anything, as they are a great group and yes, they are highly influential, but you are making them sound like the God particle of all hip-hop. Far from it. Yes, they have (directly and indirectly) influenced some (if not lots, though not all) of those artists, styles and movements you mentioned, but they are not the single influence, nor the most prominent influence. OutKast's first album came out the same year as The Fugees first album (1994), and at the time OutKast was a lot bigger. And their second albums "The Score" and "ATLiens" came out the same year as well (1996). Add in the fact that Dungeon Family had been producing even before that, I don't see how you can say that "from them came the Dungeon Family, [and] Outkast". True, The Fugees blew up before OutKast, getting huge with "The Score", while OutKast didn't reach the same commercial heights until 2000's "Stankonia". But "ATLiens" (which came out the same year as "The Score") is the only OutKast album you can really compare to The Fugees stylistically, as "Aquemini" and "Stankonia" sound nothing like either Fugees albums. And even then "ATLiens" is way different. You are right, however, in saying that "and from them (Outkast) [came] Kanye and the current bohemian movement of Lupe, Cudi, Wale, Drake and skinny jeans." Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Wale, Tyga, Lil Wayne, and B.o.B. are clearly rooted in the style created by OutKast. They have similarities to The Fugees, and probably are influenced by them as well, but no more so than they have similarities to and are influenced by A Tribe Called Quest or Wu-Tang. Lil Wayne's flow, at least originally, was at its foundation a mimicry of Andre 3000's (with parts of Method Man and Jay-Z thrown in to make it sound more original), B.o.B. is quite clearly stealing 2000-era OutKast's style, both of Kid Cudi's albums are rooted in the atmospherics of OutKast's "ATLiens" (with his second album also blatantly borrowing genre elements of "Aquemini"), and Lil Wayne, Drake and T.I. have all verbally expressed the influence OutKast has had on them. Lupe is the only person I'll give you as being more influenced by The Fugees than he is by OutKast (possibly), though even then, he is quite clearly even more influenced by Common and A Tribe Called Quest. Not to mention that OutKast, with Dungeon Family, created the sound of the South, which has now become the defining sound of Mainstream hip-hop. If any group is the "single most important and influential Hip-hop group in recent history" it is clearly OutKast. Reggaeton and neo soul existed long before The Fugees were even thought up, and Lauryn Hill was probably bumping neo soul tracks in her teens. And I'll give you hip-hop soul, but you can't possibly call them the main creators or progenitors. Does the name Mary J. Blige not ring a bell? Will-I-Am? The two look similar but there sounds are far different. Damien Marley? He was influenced by his father, and by classic Dancehall, a sound that The Fugees are influenced by and which no sane person could call them one of the creators of. Alicia Keys, India Arie, Jasmine Sullivan, Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone? I could actually buy these, and some of them have specifically mentioned Lauryn Hill, though you make it sound like Lauryn Hill was the only influence. They take cues from many other artists, some more prominently than they do Lauryn Hill. And Corinne Bailey Rae? What do you squash every black singer together? Their sounds are far apart.

    • Truth

      Cosign! You speak the truth my friend.

  • Nico 3

    They had their one hit. L. Hill had her one hit, now it's over. Enjoy the significance of what they were able to do, but at the same time, leave it in the past.

  • Dreadrock

    The Fugees are the Beatles of HipHop??????? WTF?????? I loved the "The Score" and 2-3 songs off of "Blunted" but muhfukaz be living in the midst of a moment and can't let go. Bono says some crazy things now and again but usually nothing THAT stupid. Beatles, my ass.

  • DRAGON

    Wyclef is the GENIUS of The Fugees because he was born in a Brooklyn town and moved to a Jersey Ground!

  • Paul

    The only made one great one hit wonder album which wound up being their second album 'The Score'...Ask people about their debut album 'Blunted On Reality' and I bet the majority of folks will say "What is that?"...I could never understand why people praised this trio' like they were godly legends just for making one dominant solid celebratory album called 'The Score' which went Multi-Platinum and won them a Grammy and they never even tried to follow up on it with a third official album...Lauren Hill was proven to be the golden child of that group once she went solo and her debut album 'The Miseducation of Lauren Hill' went Multi-Platinum and brought her 5 Grammys...The only dominant official classic work that The Fugee's are gonna be constantly remembered for is 'The Score' and Lauren Hill's 'The Miseducation of Lauren Hill' and that's it...Sure Wyclef had a bunch of solo albums but nobody seems to care greatly enough to even constantly talk about them so that goes to show you that his solo work isn't in the ranks of what 'The Score' or 'The Miseducation of Lauren Hill' meant to people...All I hear is "When are The Fugee's getting back together?"...And nobody says a word about Pras or his aimless solo work...So the hype and the interest pretty much died after Lauren's major success with her debut album...Sorry but these guys were only good for one great album and that was 'The Score'...A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul's careers stand far above The Fugees because at least Tribe and De La were willing enough to stick it out for 5 more albums...and De La has surpassed 5 albums and they are still rockin' on til today as we speak...Sorry but The Fugees were over and were no longer meant to be when Lauren Hill proved that she could do without the group and shocked everybody with that crazy success when she released her debut album...It seems weird for Wyclef to say they are not meant to be now when it was over a long time ago...

    • Yeah-Yeah

      You know that, for all intents and purposes, Jimmi Hendrix is only remembered for one album, right? You know that, for all intents and purposes, The Doors are only rememberd for one album, right? You know that, for all intents and purposes, Michael Jackson is only remembered for one album, right? Sadly, this is what separates the average Hip hop fan from the average rock/pop/jazz/bluees fan...Hip hop fans are, on the average, pretty dumb and uneducated. It's like you have no context for your statements at all. You have no history behind your understanding; no research or cultural reverence. Everything is just numbers and chart statistics -- you have no soul. Goddamnit, the modern-day manifestation of blues music, and its listners have no soul. Imagine that. The Fugees are, and will remain, the sinlge most influential and important Hip hop band in recent history. Aside from them are perhaps the Cold Crush and Grand Master and the Furious Five. Maybe Outkast. From them came the Dungeon Family, Outkast, and from them Kanye and the current bohemian movement of Lupe, Cudi, Wale, Drake and skinny jeans. From them come Neo-Soul, Hip Hop soul, reggaeton. From Lauryn Hill we got Alicia Keys, India Arie, Jasmin Sullivan; from Wyclef we got (in part) Damian Marley, Will I Am; and from Pras we got a very good documentary on the homeless that few people know about, but in actuality should. The Fugees single-handedly changed hip hop irrevocably. And because of "Hip hop fans"....they will be forgotten. It wont' be until probably 50 years later -- like with the blues -- some white guy will be going through his father's CD collection and come across "Blunted on Reality" that they will finally get the resepect they deserve. Because that man will probably be a rock fan. And like I said early, when compared to rock/blues/jazz fans, hip hop fans are just...stupid.

    • Yeah I said it

      True words

  • GrownassMan

    I'm not sure who's hyping Wyclef, Pras, and Lauryn's heads up. Most hip-hop heads from that time who appreciate the Fugees have absolutely no measurable hope that anything they could put out now would be worth more than copping a single from ITunes if they're lucky enough for anyone to even notice. Give it a rest with this shit like anybody cares. I'm Jersey born and bred saying this. I'm playing guitar and listening to good music these days. Hendrix, SRV, Santana, Clapton/Cream, Duane Allman, Satriani, ZZ Top, Prince, BB King, Albert King, Freddie King. It's over Wyclef!!

  • twinblades

    Wyclef effectively (quashed) oh DX always good for a luagh.

  • PTONE

    LUPE IS THE GOAT.... WHEN ID DX GONNA PUT RAEKWONS TRACK LIST UP? OTHER RAP WEB SITES BIN PUT IT UP...HURTINGGGGGGGGGG

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