(GEMS RADIO)–The Fugees is one of the most iconic groups in hip hop history. The group is credited to some nostalgic sounds in the 90s that paved the way for the RnB and rap mashup of the 2000s. So when they announced a tour, a first in half a decade, fans were excited, to say the least. The tour would mark the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough album “The Score.”
The group hit the ground running with a successful reunion show in New York. But plans for the reunion tour hit a snag after encountering severe challenges.
Setbacks from the then surging Omicron Covid variant pushed back the tour by several months.
It got worse this week. The Fugees announced that plans for the tour had been halted, at least for the foreseeable future.
A statement posted on Ms. Lauryn Hill’s Instagram read;
“We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen. The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe. An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of The Score but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work. We’re grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment. If opportunity, public safety, and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon. THANK YOU for all your love and support throughout the years.”
The Fugees Origins
The Fugees group originated from New Jersey. Ms. Lauryn Hill is a Newark native from South Orange, NJ. She met Pras, who would eventually join her and Wyclef to form the band, in Columbia High School in Maplewood. Wyclef Jean, the other band member, is Haiti-born but Newark and East Orange raised.
The Fugees have two studio albums and 22 million records sold globally as a band. “The Score” album won the group Best Rap Album in the Grammy awards of 1997.