I cannot get over the instrumental in this song! In comparison to Fu-Gee-La this song gets very little attention, which is so funny to me considering they both have an extremely similar beat. The producer of Fu-Ge-La, Salaam Remi, has stated that the song was meant to be a focal point of the album. So, the beats on both of the songs naturally have the same type of sound. "We actually were working on a song for Spike Lee's Clocker movie that actually, that song never came out. So we had a song that we did for Clockers, and then during that session, Wyclef was like, 'Yo, play that beat you did for Fat Joe!' And Lauryn was like, 'Yo, play the Fat Joe beat' and then when I played it, Clef jumped up and spit the first verse to 'Fu-Gee-La.' He had the verse, but it just fell all together and then we worked on it. That song was actually done prior to The Score, so a lot of The Score’s vibe was based around what that song was." There’s this simple hi-hat, bass drum, and snare combo, which is paired with a looping flute in the background. It’s so simple, but it keeps the listener captivated the whole time.
This song and the album it’s featured on, The Score, was an interruption in the 90s rap era, and it gave The Fugees a spotlight for their mix of reggae, r&b, jazz, and hip-hop influences. Although collectively they each contributed to the success of the group, Lauryn Hill held a huge role in defining who the Fugees were. She’s an amazing rapper regardless of her gender, and whether it be singing a melodic hook in How Many Mics or dissing MCs for stealing the Fugees’ vibe in the same song, Hill’s voice always rounded out the Fugees’ sound.
xx Ana Tame xx
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