Fugees, the groundbreaking early-’90s hip-hop trio comprised of Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Pras Michel, will reunite for a 2021 reunion tour honoring the 25th anniversary of their second and final album, 1996’s The Score.
The tour will kick off this Wednesday, September 22nd with a performance in New York City at an as yet undisclosed location. Tickets to the NYC show, set to be taped for the upcoming Global Citizen Live broadcast event, can be procured by taking action with Global Citizen here.
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The remainder of the 2021 Fugees reunion tour, presented by Live Nation, will kick off in November with a run of seven U.S. arena shows in Chicago, IL; Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; Newark, NJ; and Washington, D.C. The U.S. run will be followed by December dates in Paris, France; London, U.K.; Nigeria; and Ghana.
Tickets for the Fugees reunion tour shows go on sale on Friday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m. local venue time via Live Nation. Click below to check out a full list of dates and a tour teaser video.
Fugees – 2021 Tour Dates
Wed, Sept 22 – NYC – TBD
Tues, Nov 2 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sun, Nov 7 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Fri, Nov 12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Thurs, Nov 18 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Sun, Nov 21 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
Fri, Nov 26 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Sun, Nov 28 – Washington D.C. – Capital One Arena
Sat, Dec 4 – Paris, France – La Defense Arena
Mon, Dec 6 – London, U.K. – The O2
TBD – Nigeria – TBD
Sat, Dec 18 – Ghana – TBD
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The Score represents a snapshot of Fugees’ brief but brilliant reign atop the music world. After first coming together as Tranzlator Crew as high school students in New Jersey, the group signed to Columbia Records imprint Ruffhouse in 1993 and changed their name to “Fugees”—short for “refugees”—reappropriating a word typically used to Haitian-Americans in a derogatory manner.
Fugees released their debut, Blunted on Reality, in 1994 and returned with The Score two years later. The sophomore album quickly exploded in popularity, eventually picking up a pair of Grammy Awards in 1997 (for the album as a whole as well as for “Killing Me Softly”) and going Platinum seven times over.
While The Score remains one of the most influential hip-hop records of the era, the remainder of the Fugees story has been marked by hostility. While the group didn’t officially break up, all three members began working on solo projects in 1997. Hill’s seminal solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was released the following year.
The group famously reunited onstage in 2004 to perform as part of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, and rode that momentum through a brief 2005 reunion for a short set at the BET Music Awards, a few scattered tour dates, and a lone single (“Take It Easy”), but creative disputes over new material and other intra-band conflicts prompted the Fugees to disband once again in 2006.
The band did not leave things on good terms. As Wyclef told Blues & Soul in 2007, “I feel the first issue that needs to be addressed is that Lauryn needs help… In my personal opinion, those Fugees reunion shows shouldn’t have been done, because we wasn’t ready. I really felt we shoulda first all gone into a room with Lauryn and a psychiatrist… But, you know, I do believe Lauryn can get help. And, once she does work things out. Hopefully a proper and enduring Fugees reunion will happen.”
With the 2021 tour marking 25 years of The Score, the Fugees members hope to bury the hatchet and celebrate the timeless music they made together.
In a press statement along with the announcement, Hill said, “The Fugees have a complex but impactful history. I wasn’t even aware the 25th anniversary had arrived until someone brought it to my attention. I decided to honor this significant project, its anniversary, and the fans who appreciated the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we loved, and set an example of reconciliation for the world.”
Jean added, “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. We would be a voice for the un-heard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”
Fugees – The Score – Full Album