Wyclef Talks Fugees Reunion, But Lauryn Hill Still Sounds Uninterested
“I always say, if big bands like the Rolling Stones can get together and rock out, then why not?” Wyclef told the Huffington Post. “I think the future allows itself for that. I’m all for that, 100 percent. I’m the No. 1 Fugees fan.”
The star has reportedly been open to a reunion since 2011.
“You know what, man? I never get tired of it because hip-hop don’t really care. Everyone is always on to the next record, the next song,” Wyclef said. “It’s not too many bands from the ’90s that people are going to be like, ‘Yo, when is there going to be a reunion?’ It’s funny, because if a Fugee album comes out, people would actually want to go pick the physical version up.”
If bandmate Lauryn Hill is any indication, though, Jean isn’t going to be getting what he wants any time soon. The lead singer is touring the country on her own right now right now and even reunited with third member of the band Pras Michel, in 2011 at Rock the Bells, sans Jean.
When the band broke up in 1997, fans were eager to learn what had happened to such a beloved group.
In his autobiography Purpose, Jean finally reveals that his affair with Hill led to the Fugees’ demise.
The two began dating in the beginning of The Fugees career and continued even after Jean wed designer Marie Claudinette. When Hill became pregnant with Zion, her first son, she told Jean that he was the father. When the rapper found out that the child actually belonged to Bob Marley’s son, Rohan, it was more than he could handle.
“In that moment something died between us. I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that,” he writes in Purpose, according to an excerpt from the New York Post. “She could no longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken.”
Hill sees the breakup differently.
“The Fugees was a conspiracy to control, to manipulate and to encourage dependence,” she told Trace magazine. “I took a lot of abuse that many people would not have taken in these circumstances.” She went on to discuss Jean. “As a young woman, I saw the best in everyone, but I did not see the lust and insecurities of men. I discovered what a lie was, and how lies manifested themselves.”
With so many still open wounds, it’s likely the band members will be staying where they are . Sorry, fans of The Score.