Before Pras is sentenced, he will reunite with Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean, who along with Pras are the Fugees, one of hip-hop’s most influential groups. The group is headed out on their first tour in years, in support of the American leg of Hill’s headlining tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of her 1998 album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Their first show is Tuesday in Newark.
“In your most despair moment, you definitely know who is really there for you, no matter what,” he said. A text message from Jean to Pras asking him to go on tour, with Hill’s blessing, changed it all, the rapper said. “It wasn’t my idea, I promise you that. It was them being like, ‘Listen, let’s rock. You down?’”
Pras’s public life has largely been defined by his place as the architect of the Fugees — the hip-hop group that blended its Haitian influence with reggae, R&B and funk, and eschewed the gangster rap that dominated the ’90s, to become one of the most significant groups of the era.
Their meteoric success was driven by “The Score,” the group’s 1996 Grammy-winning album that’s estimated to have sold more than 22 million copies, which is believed to be the most ever by a hip-hop group. Even though the group broke up and never made another album after the runaway success of “The Score,” its legacy has remained. U2’s Bono likened the Fugees to hip-hop’s version of the Beatles, and Barack Obama listed “Ready or Not” as his favorite song as he was running for president in 2008.
“When I look at my peers, I say to myself, ‘Oh, s---, Bono was right when he called us the ‘Hip-Hop Beatles,’” Jean wrote in an email to The Post.
Those who know the group best agree: “They were a package of things that were not supposed to happen by any traditional reckoning,” said Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, a screenwriter and producer who covered the Fugees when he was editor in chief of the Source. Added David Sonenberg, the group’s former manager, “Whatever it is in the DNA of these three people, they did something amazing.”