The Score by The Fugees (Ruffhouse, 1996)
Certified six times Platinum, The Score was the Fugees’ second and final album. The Score has been heralded as one of the greatest albums from the 90s
and one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Critics loved it and the public did too; The Score went to the top of the Billboard 200 Album chart and the R&B/
Hip Hop Albums charts.
The official first single, Fu-Gee-La peaked at #29 on the Hot 100; #13 on the R&B/Hip Hop Songs and #2 on the Rap Songs charts. But, it was their second single, Killing Me Softly, a cover of the 1973 Roberta Flack song, Killing Me Softly with His Song that propelled the Fugees into stardom. The Fugees did not intend to do a cover, but writers Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel refused the Fugees permission to rewrite, but granted permission for a cover. Killing Me Softly reached #2 on the Hot 100, #6 in Canada and #8 in Spain; but went to the top of the charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. In fact, in the UK, Killing Me Softly became the biggest-selling single of 1996. In 1997, Killing Me Softly won the Fugees a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. All the notoriety completely eclipsed any recognition — and airplay — for their final single, Ready or Not.
The Score won a Grammy for Best Rap Album. In 1997, all three members of the Fugees (Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel) went on to solo careers. A reunion was unsuccessfully tried in the mid-2000s.