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Blunted On Reality

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Given the brilliance of The Score and the shortage of Fugees albums in the '90s, many fans probably sought out Blunted on Reality. Those fans no doubt were a little shocked, though, by what they found. Yes, Blunted features Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, and Pras, but it's not quite the same trio that fans of The Score have come to know. Here they offer their take on rap circa 1993. However, rather than use rap as a starting point and depart from there into a myriad of other directions as they did on The Score, they used rap as a starting point and never depart, instead emulating the popular style of the era. In that sense, it comes across as a bit derived and undoubtedly confined by its stifled creative ambitions. If you think back, you'll probably remember 1993 as being the pinnacle of gangsta rap -- Dr. Dre's The Chronic was ubiquitous with not only its reach but also its influence, and Death Row was literally changing the game. If you keep this context in mind, it's a little easier to understand why Blunted on Reality sounds nothing like The Score. It's essentially the Fugees trying to earn respect in an era of gangstas, chronic, bitches, and guns by trying to come across as being hardcore. And, unfortunately, as hard as the Fugees portray themselves here, it can't help but seem a little silly in retrospect. It's an album that is best seen as novelty. Devoted fans may wish to seek it out for curiosity's sake, and that's understandable, but no one should approach this album expecting the prequel to The Score.
© Jason Birchmeier /TiVo

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1
Introduction Album Version
00:01:14

Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Levi, Vocal - Mad Spider, Vocal - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Wyclef Jean, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Derrick Darling, Drums - Lauryn, Vocal - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer - Unknown, Producer - Ivan Rodriguez, Mixing Engineer - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Larry Stokes, Guitar - Ron London, Engineer - Ron London, Arranger - Rashad Muhammad, Mixing Engineer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Prakazrel, Vocal - Rashad Mahammad, Bass - Lauryn Hill, Composer - Lauryn Hill, Lyricist

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
Nappy Heads Album Version
00:04:29

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Producer - Rashad Muhammad, Mixing Engineer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Rashad Muhammad, Arranger - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Arranger - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - Brand X, Producer - Brand X, Arranger - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Ron London, Engineer - Paul Higgins, Engineer - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Lauryn Hill, Composer - Lauryn Hill, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
Blunted Interlude Album Version
00:06:49

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Larry Stokes, Guitar - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Arranger - Prakazrel, Vocal - Rashad Mahammad, Bass - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Co-Producer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Ron London, Engineer - Paul Higgins, Engineer - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Lauryn Hill, Composer - Lauryn Hill, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
Recharge Album Version
00:05:10

Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Levi, Vocal - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Lauryn, Vocal - K. Bayyan, Composer - K. Bayyan, Lyricist - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Larry Stokes, Guitar - Ron London, Engineer - Ron London, Arranger - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Khalis Bayyan, Producer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Arranger - Prakazrel, Vocal - Rashad Mahammad, Bass

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Freestyle Interlude Album Version
00:01:08

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Unknown, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Bass - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
Vocab Album Version
00:05:02

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Arranger - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Alvin Lewis, Engineer - Alvin Lewis, 2nd Engineer - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Ivan Rodriguez, Mixing Engineer - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
Special News Bulletin Album Version
00:00:20

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - K. Bayyan, Composer - K. Bayyan, Lyricist - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Unknown, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Bass - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
Boof Baf Album Version
00:05:09

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Arranger - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Producer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - Ron London, Arranger - K. Bayyann, Composer - K. Bayyann, Lyricist - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Mad Spider, Vocal - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
Temple Album Version
00:04:03

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Arranger - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - Brand X, Co-Producer - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Ivan Rodriguez, Engineer - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
How Hard Is It Album Version
00:03:52

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Arranger - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Producer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Arranger - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Levi, Vocal - K. Bayyan, Composer - K. Bayyan, Lyricist - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - Ron London, Arranger - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Ivan Rodriguez, Mixing Engineer - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
Harlem Chit Chat Interlude Album Version
00:00:49

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - R. Muhammad, Composer - R. Muhammad, Lyricist - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Unknown, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Bass - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
Some Seek Stardom Album Version
00:03:42

Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - DeeJay Doc, Arranger - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Stephen Walker, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Lauryn, Vocal - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Larry Stokes, Guitar - Ron London, Engineer - Ron London, Arranger - Rashad Muhammad, Producer - Rashad Muhammad, Mixing Engineer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn Hill, Composer - Lauryn Hill, Lyricist - Rashad Mahammad, Bass

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13
Giggles Album Version
00:04:21

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Co-Producer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - Ron London, Arranger - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Derrick Darling, Drums - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

14
Da Kid From Haiti Interlude Album Version
00:00:59

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Ron London, Engineer - Paul Higgins, Engineer - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Lauryn Hill, Composer - Lauryn Hill, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Unknown, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Bass - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

15
Rufugees On The Mic Album Version
00:04:57

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Arranger - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Co-Producer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Lauryn Hill, Composer - Lauryn Hill, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Ivan Rodriguez, Mixing Engineer - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

16
Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow Album Version
00:04:00

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Jerry, Producer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Producer - Prakazrel, Arranger - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - Ron London, Arranger - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Arranger - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Ivan Rodriguez, Engineer - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

17
Shouts Out From The Block Album Version
00:09:16

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Paul Higgins, Engineer - Ron London, Engineer - Ron London, Arranger - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Unknown, Producer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Bass - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

18
Nappy Heads Remix
00:05:22

Fugees (Tranzlator Crew), Performer - Rashad Muhammad, Mixing Engineer - Rashad Muhammad, Programmer - Prakazrel, Vocal - Lauryn, Vocal - S. Michel, Composer - S. Michel, Lyricist - Joe Nicolo, Mastering Engineer - Khalis Bayyan, Keyboards - Khalis Bayyan, Saxophone - Ron London, Engineer - Paul Higgins, Engineer - N. Jean, Composer - N. Jean, Lyricist - Lauryn Hill, Composer - Lauryn Hill, Lyricist - Warren Riker, Mixing Engineer - Wyclef Jean, Vocal - Wyclef Jean, Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Wyclef Jean, Bass - Salaam Remi, Re-Mixer - DJ Boy Wonder, Scratches - Kendal Stubbs, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

Given the brilliance of The Score and the shortage of Fugees albums in the '90s, many fans probably sought out Blunted on Reality. Those fans no doubt were a little shocked, though, by what they found. Yes, Blunted features Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, and Pras, but it's not quite the same trio that fans of The Score have come to know. Here they offer their take on rap circa 1993. However, rather than use rap as a starting point and depart from there into a myriad of other directions as they did on The Score, they used rap as a starting point and never depart, instead emulating the popular style of the era. In that sense, it comes across as a bit derived and undoubtedly confined by its stifled creative ambitions. If you think back, you'll probably remember 1993 as being the pinnacle of gangsta rap -- Dr. Dre's The Chronic was ubiquitous with not only its reach but also its influence, and Death Row was literally changing the game. If you keep this context in mind, it's a little easier to understand why Blunted on Reality sounds nothing like The Score. It's essentially the Fugees trying to earn respect in an era of gangstas, chronic, bitches, and guns by trying to come across as being hardcore. And, unfortunately, as hard as the Fugees portray themselves here, it can't help but seem a little silly in retrospect. It's an album that is best seen as novelty. Devoted fans may wish to seek it out for curiosity's sake, and that's understandable, but no one should approach this album expecting the prequel to The Score.
© Jason Birchmeier /TiVo

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