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The Score is the Grammy-winning sophomore album by the R&B/hip-hop trio Fugees, released worldwide February 13, 1996, following their 1994 debut Blunted on Reality. Since the album's release, it has received mostly positive praise from critics and to date is one of the highest selling Hip-hop albums of all time with over 18 million copies sold .

The album features many aspects of alternative hip hop music that would come to dominate the scene in the late 1990s. Among these are reggae and soul influences, female vocals and "conscious" lyrics dealing with social problems. The production was mostly handled by the Fugees themselves and Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis, with additional production by Salaam Remi, John Forté, Shawn King, and Diamond D. The guest raps are from Outsidaz' members Rah Digga, Young Zee and Pacewon as well as Omega, John Forté, and Diamond D. In 2001, the album was re-released as The Complete Score, comprising the original album and The Bootleg Version, a compilation of b-sides and rarities.

Overview

Unlike the group's previous album Blunted on Reality, The Score was entirely handled by the group, with their record label allowing them entire artistic and creative control.Among the standout songs on The Score are the covers of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly with His Song" and Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry". The latter was performed with updated lyrics by Wyclef Jean as an homage to his Haitianmarker ancestry, and the former was almost a solo performance by Lauryn Hill. Other hit singles include "Ready Or Not" and "Fu-Gee-La".

In 1998, the album was named one of the 100 best rap albums by The Source. In 2003, the album was ranked number 477 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The album was certified 6x Platinum on October 3, 1997. To date, it has sold over 23 million copies worldwide. It has been called the most successful Hip Hop album of all time.

The album featured three bonus tracks: two remixes of "Fu-Gee-La" and "Mista Mista", a short Wyclef Jean solo track.

The track "Ready or Not" samples Enya's "Boadicea". Initially this sample was uncredited, and Enya was prepared to sue for copyright infringement, however decided not to when she discovered that the Fugees were not gangsta rappers.

Production

The Score is produced by a variety of producers including each member of the Fugees as well as Diamond D, Salaam Remi and Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis. Although most tracks are built on sampled melodies, live instrumentation and DJing are incorporated into multiple tracks. Wyclef Jean plays the guitar on "Family Business," while DJ Scribble scratches on "Manifest/Outro," and the song "Fu-Gee-La (Sly & Robbie Remix)" is entirely instrumental. Still, samples are the predominant production tool on this album. "Fu-Gee-La" incorporates a sample of Teena Marie's "Ooh La La La," and it is interpolated in the song's chorus. "Ready or Not" also contains a sample that is interpolated--"Ready or Not (Here I Come)" by The Delfonics. Vocals from hip hop songs are also heavily sampled on The Score. "Manifest/Outro" contains a sample from "Rock Dis Funky Joint" by Poor Righteous Teachers, while the title track contains vocal samples from every track on the entire album. The wide array of samples and instrumentation on the Fugees' second album attributes to a diverse set of music.

Reception

Since the album's release, The Score has been well received by fans and critics alike. Steve Huey from Allmusic stated "Even when they're not relying on easily recognizable tunes, their original material is powered by a raft of indelible hooks ... The Score balances intelligence and accessibility with an easy assurance, and ranks as one of the most distinctive hip-hop albums of its era." He and others, also touted it for its eclecticism, group rapping with good chemistry and social consciousness.

Accolades

(*) Signifies unordered lists

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
About.com United Statesmarker 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums 2008 18
BigO Singaporemarker Albums of the Year 1996 34
Blender United States 500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die 2003 *
Ego Trip United States Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980-98 1999 5
Elvis Costello United Kingdommarker 500 Albums You Need 2000 *
Expressen Swedenmarker The 100 Best Records Ever 1999 100
Eye Weekly Canadian Critics Poll Canadamarker Albums of the Year 1996 15
Face United kingdom Albums of the Year 1996 1
Grammy Awards United States Album of the Year 1996 Nominee
Helsingin Sanomat Finlandmarker 50th Anniversary of Rock 2004 *
Hip-Hop Connection United Kingdom The 100 Greatest Rap Albums 1995-2005 2005 15
Juice Australia The 100 (+34) Greatest Albums of the 90s 1999 64
Mixmag United kingdom Albums of the Year 1996 2
MoJo United Kingdom The Mojo Collection, 3rd and/or 4th Edition 2003/2007 *
Mojo United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1996 15
Muzik United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1996 3
New musical Express United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1996 22
The New Nation United Kingdom Top 100 Albums by Black Artists 2005 34
Nude as the News United States The 100 Most Compelling Albums of the 90s 1999 97
NME United States 1996 Crits Poll 1996 22
OOR Netherlands Albums of the Year 1996 38
Pause & Play United States The 90s Top 100 Essential Albums 1999 11
Plásticos y Decibelios Spainmarker The 80 Best Albums of All Time 2000 68
Pop Sweeden Albums of the Year 1996 1
Pure Pop Mexicomarker Albums of the Year 1996 10
Q United Kingdom 90 best Albums of the 90s 1999 *
Robert Dimery United states 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die 2005 *
Rock Sound Francemarker Albums of the Year 1996 24
Rolling Stone United States The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2003 477
Rolling Stone United States The Essential Recordings of the 90s 1999 *
Rolling Stone United States Albums of the Year 1996 10
Record Collector United Kingdom 10 Classic Albums from 21 Genres for the 21st Century 2000 *
Spex Germanymarker Albums of the Year 1996 41
Spin United States Top 90 Albums of the 90s 1999 17
Spin United States 20 Best Albums of '96 1996 2
The Source United States 100 Best Rap Albums 1998 *
The Source United States The Critics Top 100 Black Music Albums of All Time 2006 34
Various Writers United States Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings 2005 *
Q United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1996 *
Vibe United States 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century 1999 *
Village Voice United States Albums of the Year 1996 2
Vox United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1996 15
VPRO The Netherlandsmarker 299 Nominations of the Best Album of All Time 2006 *
Yediot Ahonot Israelmarker Top 99 Albums of All Time 1999 74


Track listing

(See bottom of page for full album credits)

Singles

Single information
"Fu-Gee-La"
  • Released: January 9, 1996
  • B-side: "How Many Mics"
"Killing Me Softly with His Song" (Europe only release)
  • Released: June 10, 1996
  • B-side: "Cowboys", "Nappy Heads" (Remix)
"Ready or Not"
  • Released: September 2, 1996
  • B-side: "Cowboys"
"No Woman, No Cry" (Europe only release)
  • Released: November 1, 1996
  • B-side: "Don't Cry, Dry Your Eyes"


Chart positions

Album

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1996 The Score #1 #1


Singles

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Rhythmic Top 40
1995 "Fu-Gee-La" #29 #13 #1 #26
1996 "Killing Me Softly With His Song" #2 (Airplay) #1 (Airplay) - #1
1996 "Ready or Not" #69 (Airplay) #22 (Airplay) - #34


Certifications

Country Certification Sales
Austria Platinum 20,000
Canada 5x Platinum 500,000
Europe 5x Platinum 5,000,000 [81327]
France 1x Diamond 10,000,000
Germany Platinum 500,000
UK 4x Platinum 1,200,000
U.S. 6x Platinum 6,000,000


Album Credits

# Title Notes
1 "Red Intro"
  • Performers: DJ Red Alert, Ras Baraka
2 "How Many Mics"
  • Songwriters: N. Jean, S. Michel, L. Hill
  • Producers: Wyclef Jean, Shawn King, Lauryn Hill
  • Co-producers: Pras, Jerry Duplessis
  • Recorders: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Engineer: Warren Riker
  • Mix engineers: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Samples: "Twilight Time" performed by The Moody Blues; written by Ray Thomas
3 "Ready or Not"
4 "Zealots"
  • Songwriters: N. Jean, S. Michel, L. Hill
  • Producers: Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill
  • Co-producers: Pras, Jerry Duplessis
  • Recorders: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Engineer: Warren Riker
  • Mix engineer: Warren Riker
  • Samples: "I Only Have Eyes for You" performed by The Flamingos; written by Warren Dubin
5 "The Beast"
  • Songwriters: N. Jean, S. Michel, L. Hill
  • Producers: Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill
  • Co-producers: Pras, Jerry Duplessis
  • Recorders: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Engineer: Warren Riker
  • Mix engineer: "Bassy" Bob Brockman
  • DJ scratches: Backspin
6 "Fu-Gee-La"
7 "Family Business"
  • Songwriters: N. Jean, S. Michel, L. Hill, J. Forte, Omega
  • Producers: Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, John Forte
  • Co-producers: Pras, Jerry Duplessis
  • Recorders: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Engineer: Warren Riker
  • Mix engineers: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Guitar: Wyclef Jean
  • Samples: "Je Vais T'Aimer" performed by Michel Sardou; written by Michel Sardou, Jacques Revaux and Gilles Thibaut
8 "Killing Me Softly"
9 "The Score"
  • Songwriters: N. Jean, S. Michel, L. Hill, Diamond D
  • Producer: Diamond D
  • Co-producers: Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Pras, Jerry Duplessis
  • Recorders: Warren Riker, Diamond D, Wyclef Jean
  • Engineer: Warren Riker
  • Mix Engineers: Warren Riker, Diamond D, Wyclef Jean
  • Guitar: Wyclef Jean
  • Samples: "Dove" performed by Cymande; written by Cymande / "Planet Rock" performed by Afrika Bambaataa; written by R. Allen, Arthur Baker, J. Miller, John Robie, and Alonzo Williams / "My Melody" performed by Eric B. & Rakim; written by Eric B. & Rakim
10 "The Mask"
  • Songwriters: N. Jean, S. michel, L. Hill
  • Producers: Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill
  • Co-producers: Pras, Jerry Duplessis
  • Recorders: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Engineers: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Mixed Engineer: "Bassy" Bob Brockman
  • Samples: "Nights in White Satin" performed by The Moody Blues; written by Justin Hayward
11 "Cowboys"
  • Songwriters: N. Jean, S. Michel, L. Hill, J. Forte, Young Zee, Ra Digga, Pace 1
  • Producers: Wyclef Jean, lauryn Hill, John Forte
  • Co-producers: Pras, Jerry Duplessis
  • Recorders: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Engineer: Warren Riker
  • Mix Engineers: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Samples: "Something 'Bout Love" by The Main Ingredient; written by Stevie Wonder
12 "No Woman, No Cry"

13 "Manifest/Outro"
  • Songwriters: N. Jean, S. Michel, L. Hill
  • Producers: Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill
  • Co-producers: Pras, Jerry Duplessis
  • Recorders: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • Engineer: Warren Riker
  • Mix Engineers: Warren Riker, Wyclef Jean
  • DJ scratches: DJ Scrible
  • Samples: "Rock Dis Funky Joint" by Poor Righteous Teachers


References

  1. http://www.mjni.com/news/details.aspx?ArticleNo=508
  2. http://www.mjni.com/news/details.aspx?ArticleNo=508
  3. allmusic ((( The Score > Overview )))
  4. http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/Current/A961.htm
  5. http://rap.about.com/od/toppicks/ss/Top100RapAlbums_10.htm
  6. http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/source.htm
  7. http://www.trevornelson.com/nonflash/top100.asp
  8. IFPI Austria - Verband der Österreichischen Musikwirtschaft
  9. Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Certification Results
  10. Musique sur Disque en France (SNEP) : Top 50, telechargement legal, droit d'auteur…
  11. Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold/Platin-Datenbank
  12. The Bpi
  13. RIAA


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