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Ready or not: Fugees kick-off 25th anniversary tour with surprise show in NYC at Global Citizen Live

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Ready or not, here (they) come. The iconic hip-hop group Fugees are reuniting for their first world tour in 25 years.

The group's upcoming 12-city reunion tour will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fugees' — Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel — Grammy-winning sophomore album "The Score," according to a press release from their reps.

The tour launched Wednesday with "an intimate pop-up show" in New York City's Pier 17 for Global Citizen Live. Attendees were only able to score tickets with an online raffle and heard the group perform their hits including "The Score," "Killing Me Softly" and "Ready or Not."

"The Fugees came out with a ten piece band. Full horn section, backup singers. Beautiful chaos. Clef tried to get Lauryn to do a freestyle but she told the story of how they met instead," Vulture's music critic Craig Jenkins tweeted.

"As soon as she touched the stage I caught that good art chill! Fugees 25th anniversary preview was special," another user tweeted.

The reunited Fugees performed at Pier 17 in NYC in support of Global Citizen Live.
The reunited Fugees performed at Pier 17 in NYC in support of Global Citizen Live.

The Fugees' performance, their first live show in 15 years, is set to air across platforms — ABC, FX, Apple TV, YouTube — on Sept. 25.

Released in 1996, "The Score," with its "heady fusion of boom-bap beats and chilled island vibes," spawned the No. 1 R&B/hip-hop single "Killing Me Softly" and has sold seven million copies to date in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and 22 million copies worldwide.

Following Global Citizen Live, the tour resumes Nov. 2 in Chicago and will continue in major cities including Los Angeles, Miami, Paris and London. The tour will conclude in Africa with shows in Nigeria and Ghana.

Lauryn Hill holds her five Grammy Awards during the 41st Annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 1999. Hill's solo debut, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," was the first rap-related album nominated for album of the year, which it won in 1999. She also won best new artist that year, and is one of two rap acts to do so.
Lauryn Hill holds her five Grammy Awards during the 41st Annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 1999. Hill's solo debut, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," was the first rap-related album nominated for album of the year, which it won in 1999. She also won best new artist that year, and is one of two rap acts to do so.

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Fugees got their start in the early '90s as "a crew of crafty New Jersey MCs:" Hill, Michel and Jean. Originally known as Tranzlator Crew, the group adopted the name Fugees, an abbreviation of "refugees,'' which referenced Michel and Jean’s shared Haitian-immigrant background.

Hill would eventually have a breakout solo career with the release of her 1998 debut album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," which has sold 10 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to RIAA.

"The Fugees have a complex but impactful history," Hill said in a statement about the upcoming world tour. "I wasn’t even aware the 25th anniversary had arrived until someone brought it to my attention. I decided to honor this significant project, its anniversary and the fans who appreciated the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we loved and set an example of reconciliation for the world."

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Jean also found solo success, carving out his own lane in "the globalized sound of rap in the 21st century." His collaboration with Colombian pop star Shakira, "Hips Don’t Lie," peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006.

"As I celebrate 25 years with the Fugees, my first memory was that we vowed, from the gate, we would not just do music – we would be a movement," Jean said in a statement. "We would be a voice for the unheard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again that God has brought us together."

Tickets for the tour go on presale Wednesday via Spotify, Live Nation and Ticketmaster. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday to the general public.

Contributing: Chris Jordan, Asbury Park Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fugees announce reunion world tour for 'The Score' album