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The Score
The Score
Studio album by Fugees

Released

13 February 1996

Recorded

June - November 1995

Studio

Booga Basement Studio
(East Orange, NJ) and The Crib
(New York City)

Genre

Alternative hip hop

Length

60:52

Label

Ruffhouse Records, Columbia

Producer(s)

Diamond D, Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis, John Forte, Lauryn Hill (also co-exec.), Shawn King, Prakazrel "Pras" (exec.), Salaam Remi, Wyclef (also co-exec.)

Fugees chronology

Previous

Blunted on Reality (1994)

The Score is the second and final studio album by American hip hop trio Fugees, released in 1996 on Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records. The album features a wide range of samples and instrumentation, with many aspects of alternative hip hop that would come to dominate the hip hop music scene in the mid-to-late-1990s. Production was handled predominantly by the Fugees themselves and Jerry Duplessis, with additional production from Salaam Remi, John Forté and Diamond D.

Upon its release, The Score was a commercial success, peaking at the number one position on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The singles "Killing Me Softly", "Fu-Gee-La" and "Ready or Not" also achieved notable chart success, and helped the group achieve worldwide recognition. In addition to receiving mostly favorable reviews upon its release, the album has garnered a considerable amount of acclaim over the years, with many music critics and publications naming it as one of the greatest albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. It has been certified six times platinum in sales by the RIAA.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Red Intro" - - - 1:52
2. "How Many Mics" Lauryn Hill, Wyclef, Pras Hill, Jean, Michel Wyclef, Shawn King, Lauryn Hill, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 4:29
3. "Ready or Not" Lauryn Hill, Wyclef, Pras Bell, Hart, Hill, Jean, Michel Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 3:47
4. "Zealots" Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Pras Hill, Jean, Michel Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 4:21
5. "The Beast" Lauryn Hill, Wyclef, Pras Hill, Jean, Michel Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 5:37
6. "Fu-Gee-La" Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Pras Hill, Jean, Marie, McGrier, Michel, Remi Salaam Remi 4:20
7. "Family Business" Omega, Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, John Forte Forte, Hill, Jean, Michel, Omega Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, John Forte, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 5:44
8. "Killing Me Softly" Lauryn Hill Fox, Gimble Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 4:59
9. "The Score" Wyclef, Pras, Lauryn Hill, Diamond D Hill, Jean, Kirkland, Michel Diamond D, Wyclef (co.), Lauryn Hill (co.), Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 5:02
10. "The Mask" Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Pras Hill, Jean, Michel Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 4:51
11. "Cowboys" Wyclef, Pace 1, Ra Digga, Lauryn Hill, Young Zee, Pras, Forte Battle, Fisher, Forte, Hill, Hinds, Jean, Michel Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, John Forte, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 5:23
12. "No Woman, No Cry" Wyclef Ford Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 4:33
13. "Manifest/ Outro" Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Pras Hill, Jean, Michel Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Prakazrel "Pras" (co.), Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis (co.) 6:00

Samples Edit

How Many Mics

  • "Dreams" by Ramsey Lewis

Ready or Not

  • "Boadicea" by Enya
  • "Ready or Not, Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)" by The Delfonics

Zealots

  • "I Only Have Eyes for You" by The Flamingos

The Beast

  • "God Made Me Funky" by The Headhunters
  • "The Sly, Slick and the Wicked" by The Lost Generation

Fu-Gee-La

  • "I'm Gonna Git Ya" by Betty Harris
  • "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna to Be Right" by Ramsey Lewis
  • "Ooo La La" by Teena Marie

Family Business

  • "Recuerdos De La Alhambra" by John Williams
  • "Gypsy Woman" by Joe Bataan

Killing Me Softly

  • "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection
  • "Fool Yourself" by Little Feat
  • "The Day Begins" by The Moody Blues

The Score

  • "Dove" by Cymande
  • "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar Band

The Mask

  • "Nights In White Satin" by The Moody Blues

Cowboys

  • "Something 'Bout Love" by The Main Ingredient

No Woman, No Cry

  • "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley & the Wailers

Manifest

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