Wyclef Says Only Dave Chappelle Can Get The Fugees Back Together
Last month, Funkmaster Flex played a Fugees song on his HOT 97 radio show. While never before heard by most Hip-Hop Heads, details got a bit murky as to how “new” the track really was. Ms. Lauryn Hill confirmed it was “an old track played around with back in the day in the lab.” The New Jersey songstress/MC also stated she suspected who was behind the leak but made no accusations by name.
To a contextualized ear, the song certainly appeared more recent than 1997, the period when L-Boogie, Wyclef Jean, and Pras first parted ways as a unit. It beckoned the question as to whether, following their last reunion during the September 18, 2004 Dave Chappelle Block Party in Brooklyn, the trio brought the good vibes to the studio. That reunion was a highlight to the theatrical concert, released in ’05.
“What could put The Fugees back together? Okay, Wyclef’s gonna tell you: Dave-motherf*cking-Chappelle,” says Jean. “Dave really loves, and admires, and understands that intellectual property of Rap. For us, it was re-invention. It was incredible.”
“At the end of the day, it can’t be about the money. It has to be about the art,” Wyclef added, not confirming any offers having been made. “I’m telling you, man, I’ve got so many billionaire friends, they are lonely, dude. It’s got to be bigger than the check, because the check, you can always get.” In the last year, A Tribe Called Quest surprised fans with a final album, recorded ahead of Phife Dawg’s 2016 death. That LP went to #1 and reawakened the legendary group’s discography. Similar reunion allusions have taken place between other 1990s groups, including Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth and Leaders Of The New School since.
Wyclef, who has campaigned politically in the past, urged fans to do the same for his former group. “He’s the one that put us back together last time, so we all need to f*cking start pressuring Dave Chappelle, starting today.”
In his latest music video, “What Happened To Love,” Wyclef parodied “putting the band together.” A Blues Brothers spoof, in the vid’, Jean apparently poked fun at The Fugees reunion grumblings, when it is revealed that he is asked to reassemble the Carnival Band instead. In the visual, the Heads Music founder plays all the band members.
Dave Chappelle is presently celebrating 30 years of stand-up comedy through a month-long New York City residency. On Sunday (August 20), Lauryn Hill appeared. The Fugees did not. Three additional shows remain.