Former Fugees member Pras has revealed the reasons behind his group’s infamous break-up and denied that the split was relevant to rapper/singer Lauryn Hill‘s mental well-being.
In addition to speaking on The Fugees, Pras also said a new Lauryn Hill album would be dropping in 2011.
“I just made sure I kept the balance,” explained Pras of his role in the Fugees. “You had two personalities [in Lauryn and Wyclef]; if I became the third personality, it would split everything apart…[The break-up,] it wasn’t about her being crazy, it was just that she was like…’I gotta make sense of all of this.’ I haven’t spoken to her about it; it’s me analyzing it. I heard they’re trying to drop [her new album] by the summertime…Let me tell you something. Somebody played me…something she worked on. Goosebumps. Like, 2015 Lauryn Hill.” (Hip Hop DX)
Last September, rapper Lloyd Banks discussed his wish to see Hill perform at a Rock The Bells New York City concert.
“I wish I could have been there,” Banks said about her recent set which featured surprise guests Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz. “What she’s done for Hip-Hop as a whole is incredible. I’m excited to hear what her new music will sound like. I don’t think anyone has come close to Lauryn in Hip-Hop. She stands alone.” (VIBE)
Nelly recently said he believes Hill is merely just one smash hit away from regaining her spot atop the music charts.
“O man! True artists are only 1 hit away and I always say that. True artists are only 1 hit away. That being said, which artist do you know who’s truer than Lauryn Hill (giggles)? She is the blueprint when it comes to female cooperation. When I say cooperation I mean being a Hip-Hop star and an R&B star all in one. When you mix that up and you have that cooperation on both sides there is nobody bigger than Lauryn Hill. For her to have a comeback that’s easy; she’s 1 hit away from being what she was when she left.” (That Grape Juice)
Last June, Hill explained her 11-year hiatus from the music industry.
“There were a number of different reasons (why I left),” she says in the interview. “But partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it. In fact, asmusicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment — and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the (music) industry, that really nurtures these gifts.” (USA Today)
The Fugees formed in 1992 and broke up in 1997.
Check out Pras’ interview down below: