EXCLUSIVE: Pras on Fugees: ‘That reunion is dead.’


By Chris Azzopardi

Talk about being killed softly. Fans of the Fugees, the ’90s Grammy-winning soul trio, won’t be happy to hear that a reunion is a no-go for group members Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras Michél.

Speaking to Challenges recently for its Jan. 27 issue, Pras spoke candidly about his decision to leave the past in the past.

Q: You have noted that there likely won’t be a Fugees reunion, but is that because you, Wyclef and Lauryn are not interested or because it just hasn’t happened yet?

A: I can’t speak for the others. I don’t know where their heads are, but I know for me, I’m not interested. It was a great moment. It was a great situation. I think Wyclef is an incredible artist, and Lauryn Hill – I can’t begin to explain how incredible she is. I mean, they did a documentary on Amy (Winehouse) and, I mean, I love Amy but she’s no fucking Lauryn Hill, period. She’s not one-tenth of Lauryn Hill and that’s real talk. But I’m not interested and I don’t think the others are interested either.

Q: Why the lack of interest?

A: My father used to always tell me, « If you keep beating a dead horse all you’re gonna get are flies. » So that reunion is dead. If it was gonna happen, it should’ve happened 20 years ago.

Q: Do you stay in touch with Wyclef and Lauryn?

A: Here and there, sporadically. « Hey, what’s up? » or whatever, or we run into each other, but barely. Everybody is doing their own thing. We’re all in different worlds.

To read the full interview with Pras, check out the Jan. 27 issue of Challenges.