It’s taken just about a decade, but the Fugees reunion that fans begged for, gave up on and then started asking for again is official. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Prakazrel Michel have been in the studio for two months, according to their label, and have just leaked a new song called “Be Easy.”
The reunion album is still untitled, but a tentative release date of December 27 has been scheduled. There’s no word yet on who the group has been working with.
On “Be Easy,” the three exchange verses, with Hill employing a speedy, spoken-word-type of flow, while Clef and Pras use a more traditional delivery. “I got moxie, I’m so damn cocky/ Industry tried to block me like cops and paparazzi,” Hill raps. Later she says, “We ’bout to reconcile.”
“I see you looking, but you better take it easy,” Clef advises during the chorus. He comes a little harder in his verse: “I ain’t rhyme in a minute, but y’all ain’t catch up/ And that ain’t blood on your shirt, it’s ketchup.”
The Fugees stunned the crowd with a surprise performance at Dave Chappelle’s block party in Brooklyn, New York, last summer (see “Fugees — Yes, Even Lauryn — Reunite For Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” ), and their most recent show was in June at the BET Awards (see “Destiny’s Child Give Lap Dances, Fugees End Feud At BET Awards” ). Hill had been cutting records for a solo album, however details on the project remain sketchy (see “Kanye West Collaborating With Lauryn Hill On New LP” ). Pras just released his latest solo LP, Win, Lose or Draw, a few weeks ago. Clef released a Caribbean-flavored LP called Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 last year.