So it’s been 3 weeks since I started the Saturday Sample Sessions. I’ve never written anything on the Fugees so I’m excited about this one.
Saturday Sample Session- The Fugees
The song I’m featuring this week is Ready Or Not from ‘The Score‘. This song was only a moderate hit in the US, but it was major in Europe. ‘The Score’ was released in February 1996.
The album was an instant commercial success peaking at the number one spot on both the Billboard 200, and the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart (it was a number-one album on the latter in 1996 on the year-end chart).
The singles Killing Me Softly, Fu-Gee-La, and Ready or Not also achieved notable chart success, and helped the group achieve worldwide recognition. ‘The Score’ would be certified 7x platinum the following year. That had to be sweet after the lukewarm reception of their debut album ‘Blunted On Reality‘
What you may not remember are the legal issues regarding the unauthorized use of the sample for Ready Or Not. The song contains a sample of Boadicea by New-Age singer Enya from her first solo album, Enya (1987). The artist was going to sue them for copyright infringement but decided against it after hearing the song. They reached an out of court settlement instead.
According to Wyclef, “Luckily when Enya heard everything, she was like, “This is different’ and she gave us a pass – which she don’t even need to do.” The situation was a learning experience for the group, who at the time were unaware of copyright clearance and unfamiliar with publishing procedures.
If you haven’t already I encourage you to listen to Boadicea. It’s still a dope ass song. After doing a little research I learned that the song is actually named after a southern Britain queen by the same name.
At the time of the Roman conquest of southern Britain Queen Boadicea ruled the Iceni tribe of East Anglia alongside her husband King Prasutagus. Boudica was not killed in the battle but took poison rather than be taken alive by the Romans.
Knowing that makes me appreciate the song even more. She went out like a G!
Can you name the other sample used in Ready Or Not?
Anyway, share your thoughts and don’t forget to give recommendations for next week’s Saturday Sample Session.