Ready or not, here (they) come. The iconic hip-hop group Fugees are reuniting for their first world tour in 25 years.
The group’s upcoming 12-city reunion tour will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fugees’ — Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel — Grammy-winning sophomore album “The Score,” according to a press release from their reps.
The tour kicks off Wednesday with “an intimate pop-up show” in New York City for Global Citizen Live, “a once-in-a-generation global broadcast event” that aims to tackle world hunger and climate change by calling on the help of world leaders,” the press release read. The Fugees’ performance, their first live show in 15 years, is set to air across platforms — ABC, FX, Apple TV, YouTube — on Sept. 25.
Released in 1996, “The Score,” with its “heady fusion of boom-bap beats and chilled island vibes,” spawned the No. 1 R&B/hip-hop single “Killing Me Softly” and has sold seven million copies to date in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and 22 million copies worldwide.
Following Global Citizen Live, the tour resumes Nov. 2 in Chicago and will continue in major cities including Los Angeles, Miami, Paris and London. With shows in Nigeria, Ghana and elsewhere in Africa, the tour will end in Africa.
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Fugees got their start in the early ’90s as “a crew of crafty New Jersey MCs:” Hill, Michel and Jean. The group was originally known as Tranzlator Crew. However, they adopted the name Fugees to refer to Jean and Hill’s common Haitian-immigrant backgrounds.
Hill would eventually have a breakout solo career with the release of her 1998 debut album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” which has sold 10 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to RIAA.
“The Fugees have a complex but impactful history,” Hill said in a statement about the upcoming world tour. “I wasn’t even aware the 25th anniversary had arrived until someone brought it to my attention. “I decided to honour this important project, its anniversary, and the fans who loved the music by creating an environment where we could all unite, perform the songs we loved, and set an example for reconciliation for the rest of the world. “
Jean also found solo success, carving out his own lane in “the globalized sound of rap in the 21st century.” His collaboration with Shakira from Colombia, “Hips Don’t Lie”, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006.
“As I celebrate 25 years with the Fugees, my first memory was that we vowed, from the gate, we would not just do music – we would be a movement,” Jean said in a statement. Jean stated that the Fugees would be a voice for those who are not heard, and that God had brought them together in difficult times. “
Tickets for the tour go on presale Wednesday via Spotify, Live Nation and Ticketmaster. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday to the general public.
Contributing: Chris Jordan, Asbury Park Press