Rapper Wyclef Jean may have finally put all Fugees reunion hopes out to pasture as he vents his frustrations with attempting to re-group with former collaborators Lauryn Hill and Pras.
Although he does not see a Fugees reunion taking place, Jean still holds the two estranged members in high regard.
“When it comes to Lauryn and Pras, it’s my childhood, they always bring me to that place. Bono’s U2 calls The Fugees the hip-hop version of the Beatles. It was the first band of hip-hop in our generation…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.” (Star Pulse)
Jean reportedly killed reunion talks two years ago.
Wyclef has expressed the unlikeliness of a reunion before. In a 2009 interview with Angela Yee‘s “The Morning After” show, saying a Fugees reunion is best left “a myth.” The group’s 1996 sophomore album, The Score, is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever, and has sold over 18 million copies worldwide. (Baller Status)
However, later in 2009, Jean expressed his desire to reunite with Hill.
“Let me play you a classic record,” Clef told his crowd of fans. “This group still sold 22 million copies and the reason I’ll never go broke, I’m still living on they publishing check. See. So right here, Wyclef passing number one — and if Lauryn Hill is listening, get the group back together too!” (YouTube)
Jean previously explained how he hoped new music would inspire Hill and Pras to join forces.
“Yeah. And it’s actually a good question, because people within hip-hop don’t really care about groups like that, you know what I mean?,” Jean said in an interview with DJ Booth. “Once you’re done in hip-hop, you’re done. But somehow the Fugees is the soundtrack to everyone’s house. What I’m hoping is that this group really gets inspired by the new movement that I’m on right now, with the whole Warriors movement, the new music that I’ve got comin’ out, the movement with the youth, and I’m hoping they’ll get inspired and be like, ‘Yo, let’s find Clef and let’s get this thing crackin’.’ And it would be an honor to go in and make it a super album.” (DJ Booth)
Check out some past Wyclef Jean footage down below: