The EUR had a bit about a rumored Fugee reunion yesterday and today they drop this bomb:
The surprise Fugees reunion that took place last weekend as part of Dave Chappelle’s “Block Party” event in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene was captured by filmmaker Michel Gondry for a concert film and documentary to be released next year.
Amidst a steady rainfall, hundreds of attendees were shuttled to the secret location (the intersection of Quincy and Downing Streets) from a site in Chinatown after signing up for free tickets online. In addition to the reunion of Fugees Pras, Wyclef Jean and Lauren Hill, the performance lineup included Common, the Roots, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Jill Scott and more.
“We were going to have Lauryn Hill perform tonight but [her label] Columbia [Records] wouldn’t clear her songs,” Chappelle said to the crowd, who were led to believe they were getting a solo performance from Hill. “So she came up with a better idea.”
Bone Crusher’s “Never Scared” exploded through the speakers as Wyclef came out, followed by Hill moments later, then Pras. Backed by a live band, their set included “Fu-Gee-La,” “Ready of Not” and “Killing Me Softly.”
At one point, after Wyclef told the crowd it was time to put an end to all the rumors, Lauryn immediately ripped into “Lost Ones,” her solo joint that many feel expressed her sentiment regarding her departure with the Fugees. Lauren spit the rhymes while Pras and Hill danced around her feigning ire.
Other highlights included performances of “The Light” and “Love of my Life” by ex-lovers Common and Erykah Badu; Badu and Jill Scott joining the Roots to perform “You Got Me” and old school rappers Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap joining the Roots for “Warm it Up, Kane” and “Poison.”
Gondry’s multiple cameras captured the entire day. As previously reported, the director and Chappelle are planning to use the footage in a manner inspired by the 1972 landmark documentary Wattstax, which mixed footage of the historic Wattstax concert in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles with the comic narration of Richard Pryor.
In between sets, Chappelle kept things going by reciting poetry, (one poem was called “Five Thousand Black People Chillin’ in the Rain — 19 White People Peppered In”), performing in an MC battle and singing two songs in character as R. Kelly in his infamous sex tape.
The night culminated with a freestyle session featuring the Roots’ ?uestlove on drums, Cody Chesnutt on guitar and the majority of performers on the bill.
Sounds like one hell of a show and that should be a great documentary. BTW, I just saw ‘Wattstax’ the other day, it’s worth watching if you can catch it, especially if you’re a 70’s music fan.
Here’s yesterday’s story:
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