The Fugees Rock London
The mighty hip-hop trio play their hits and bash their President at the Hammersmith Apollo...
The Fugees took to the stage last night for their first London gig in a decade.
There was a certain amount of apprehension that Wyclef, Lauryn Hill and Pras may be a shadow of their former groundbreaking hip-hop selves. There was also concern that they might turn up on stage two hours late like Lauryn did at her solo gig earlier this year.
Thankfully, both of these worries were quickly put to bed as the trio exploded on to the stage in fine form and wickedly punctual " the cornerstones of a great hip-hop outfit.
The energetic 90-minute set saw all the hits getting a good rinsing, including 'Ready Or Not', 'Fu Gee La' and 'Killing Me Softly', plus tracks from their respective solo careers - 'Ex Factor' and 'That Thing' from Lauryn, '911' and 'Perfect Gentleman' from Wyclef and 'Ghetto Superstar' from Pras.
The new Fugees single 'Take It Easy' (from their forthcoming new album) also got a look in, as did a tribute to Bob Marley ('No Woman No Cry') and blasts of Amerie, House Of Pain and Bob's son Damian Marley.
As well as running around the stage like a 12-year-old after too many Skittles, Wyclef inspired a couple of talking points. Firstly, he surprised the audience by running backstage then surfacing up on the balcony in the middle of everybody, where he stayed for a whole track.
Then shortly after, he launched into a freestyle about George Bush. "He don't care about Iraq," he concluded, "he just wants the oil." Then he did some more running around.
The Fugees play London's Hammersmith Apollo again tonight.