Fugees’ ‘The Score’ Wins Best Rap Album at 1997 Grammys – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Feb. 26, in hip-hop history...
Coming off their debut album, Blunted to Reality, in 1994, and fueled by the radio singles "Killing Me Softly," "Fu-Gee-La" and "Ready or Not," The Score was a monumental step up for Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, which catapulted them from niche hip-hop trio with varied delivery to straight up stars.
The island-infused reggae undertones and chemistry between the three artists made The Score a breath of fresh air in the hip-hop world at the time. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, was certified six times platinum in sales, according to the RIAA, and is still revered by many music critics as one of the best hip-hop albums of all time.
In addition to taking home the Grammy for Best Rap Album, the three rappers also snagged the award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the LP's main single, "Killing Me Softly." The Fugees' win was especially sweet that night since the 1997 Grammy Awards were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Unfortunately, the Fugees went their separate ways in 1998 following some tension that has built up between Lauryn and bandmate, Wyclef Jean. They would reunite various times in the early-2000s for appearances, and even embarked on a European tour in 2005. But despite attempts to produce new work, The Score would be the last official Fugees album.
As The Score has celebrated more than two decades since its release, old fans still look back on the LP with admiration and new fans find it to be a source for inspiration.
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