She wasn’t ready for what came.
Before their 1996 sophomore album, The Score, the group parted ways and Hill had planned on “Ready or Not” being her last song as a member. But, Pras admitted that when Hill began singing the hook, she just lost it:
“She calls me and says, ‘Listen, I’m going to come down to the studio and I’m going to lay down a reference for you guys, a hook. I give you permission to use my hook, my voice, but I don’t want to be a part of this group anymore.’ I said, ‘Fair enough. No problem.’ She said, ‘Make sure certain people are not around when I’m there.’ I said, ‘No problem.’ She’s laying the reference for ‘Ready Or Not’ and then she goes into the bridge and she’s crying. I see her crying. She stops and says, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ and leaves. A couple months later she re-joins the group.”
The Score later won The Fugees a Grammy for best rap album in 1997 and sold over 17 million copies around the world. In 1997, the group broke up for good.
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