“You can’t search me without probable cause
Or that proper ammunition they call reasonable suspicion
Listen I bring friction to your whole jurisdiction”
– Wyclef Jean | The Beast
Kicking off this ongoing series I felt it was only right to pay homage to one of my favorite rap groups of all time.
If you never heard the album “The Score,” don’t trip… I got the whole thing for you at the bottom of this piece. Well, kind of. If you have Soundcloud GO+ (Which I don’t lol) you can listen to the entire album below! If not I highly suggest finding The Score on whatever streaming service you’re using and play the entire project straight through bruh.
I promise it won’t disappoint.
The Score was the second and final album released by the trio formally known as the Fugees.
Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Pras (formerly known as the Tranzlator Crew) changed the game of what we now call conscious rap with this classic album which infused Hip-Hop, Reggae, R&B, and Pop. The Score won a Grammy Award in 1996 for “Best Rap Album,” and the album’s most recognized single, “Killing Me Softly,” a cover of Roberta Flack classic “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” took home another Grammy for best R&B performance by a duo or group.
Conscious Rap |
Conscious rap is a subgenre of hip-hop that focuses on creating awareness and imparting knowledge. Conscious rappers traditionally have decried violence, discrimination, and other ailments of society
Basic Need To Knows
The Score, in my honest opinion, is one of the greatest rap albums of all time. It has all the elements a classic rap album needs to live essentially forever. From classic skits like the “Chinese Restaurant Skit” to thought-provoking songs like, “The Beast,” The Scores doesn’t disappoint in the slightest.
“The Score” was dropped back in 1996 and features 17 songs lasting roughly around 1 hour and 17 minutes worth of musical genius.
The album speaks to many issues that are still prevalent in the black community even though it was released 23 years ago. Through iconic beats and hard-hitting lyrics, the Fugees didn’t water down the message of community when tackling issues like police brutality and senseless gang violence.
Honestly, I fuck with the entire album, and I’d encourage everyone to listen to the project straight through. However, I do have a few favorite joints that often times get quick replays whenever I’m listening to the album!
Favorite Joints off The Score by the Fugees