Today in Hip-Hop: The Fugees Drop ‘The Score’ Album and 2Pac Drops ‘All Eyez on Me’ Album
On this day, Feb. 13, in hip-hop history...
1996: On Feb. 13, 1996 two of hip-hop's most monumental albums dropped on the same day. 2Pac dropped off his fourth studio album, All Eyez on Me, while New Jersey trio The Fugees released their second LP, The Score.
Tupac's fourth effort proved to be one of his most fruitful before his September 1996 death. The two-disc collection birthed the singles "California Love," "How Do You Want It" and "I Ain't Mad at Cha." The album featured collabs from Shakur's creative regulars like the Outlawz, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Redman and Nate Dogg. It also marked a slight shift of 'Pac's music from heavy, socially consciousness records like his 1991 debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, to more radio friendly rap.
All Eyez on Me tops many lists of greatest rap albums in music history and to this day, Tupac is considered one of the best MCs of all time. In the summer of 2014, almost 20 years after 'Pac's death, All Eyez on Me became a certified diamond album by the RIAA, selling more than 10,000,000 units.
While Pac had the world bumpin,' New Jersey trio the Fugees were killing us softly with their multi-platinum sophomore album, The Score. Though it was their final work together, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel created a masterpiece of music that melded their affinity for hip-hop and jazz with their Caribbean roots.
The Score generated many hits, the most successful being "Killing Me Softly," which became the No. 1 song on the Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart in 1996. The commercial success of "Killing Me Softly" catapulted the Fugees into superstardom and won them the 1996 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.
Other successful singles off The Score include "Ready or Not," which sampled a Delfonics’ song by the same title, and "Fu-Gee-La," that features Teena Marie’s "Ooh La La." Thanks to the The Score, the three won the 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Album before parting ways in 1997.
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