Today, Oct. 19, is the birthday of New Jersey artist and the Fugees founding member Pras Michel, known simply as Pras. He is now 46.

As one of the founding members of the Fugees, Pras introduced Lauryn Hill to his cousin, Wyclef Jean, while the three were all still in high school. While the Fugees were rehearsing and recording their debut album, 1994's Blunted to Reality, Pras also attended Rutgers University and Yale Univesity to obtain a dual degree in philosophy and psychology.

Following the buzz of Blunted to Reality, the group achieved major crossover success with their Grammy-winning song "Killing Me Softly" and sophomore LP, The Score in 1996. As fame surmounted however, it also drove a wedge within the three artists and The Fugees broke up in 1997 to pursue separate careers.

Pras went on to find solo success with the track "Ghetto Supastar" featuring Mya and Ol' Dirty Bastard and dropped his debut solo album of the same name in 1998. Pras also gotten into acting and producing films, appearing in films like Mystery Men, Higher Ed and Skid Row.

In 2018, Pras dropped off a new EP by the name of Wave Culture, and it featured guest appearances from Young M.A, Zoey Dollaz and more. This past February, he launched a new media platform called Blacture, which he hopes will provide for the Black community.

Happy Birthday, Pras!

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