A Never Before Released Fugees Song Reminds That They Are The Ish (Audio)
Over the years, there have been certain groups in Hip-Hop who disbanded seemingly before their work together was finished. This was the case for Black Star, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Little Brother and A Tribe Called Quest. Of course, the last example released their surprise final album in 2016. Few of those groups, however, parted ways at the apex of their popularity, like The Fugees.
Approximately 20 years ago, with awards, numerous platinum plaques, and the pulse of the mid-’90s Rap sound, The Fugees called it quits. While solo careers blossomed, fans were never given a follow-up to The Score.
Funkmaster Flex premiered the song on his HOT 97 show. Billed as a new song, marking a studio reunion, L-Boogie publicly states otherwise:
“Hello Folks, The ‘new’ Fugees song is indeed an old track played around with back in the day in the lab. Not sure who leaked it, but I have my suspicions.”
Whenever it’s from, “The Ish” is just that. Ms. Lauryn spits short bars, edited for Funk Flex’s show. Pras does the same. Wyclef Jean closes out the song, with longer, but using the same repetitive rhyme structure from the other two.
The rhyme patterns and Soul sample style in the beat certainly sounds like something from well after the late 1990s period when the Refugee Camp called it quits, aside from rare reunion performances.