Before The Fugees were The Fugees, they were Tranzlator Crew and they had released their debut album Blunted On Reality in 1994.
However, both the Crew and Blunted On Reality wouldn’t be remembered for long: the core members (Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel) changed the name to The Fugees and created the hit follow up album to Blunted On Reality, The Score, two years later, before disbanding in 1997 (and reuniting over seven years later).
Now, considering the legacy that the group cemented in their short period of time (and the solo endeavors that came after the trio’s end, most notably Lauryn’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill), Blunted On Reality is getting issued on vinyl for the first time, according to the Vinyl Report.
This is a big deal: when Blunted On Reality first dropped it only sold approximately 12 copies, but has since reached gold and platinum status.
The album was written and recorded by Wyclef, Lauryn and Pras Michel in 1992, with the guidance of Kool and the Gang producer Ronald Bell. However, following a long dispute with their record company, it was held back until 1994. The project spawned three singles: “Boof Baf” “Nappy Heads” and “Vocab,” but none of them gained significant mainstream attention.
Describing Blunted On Reality in a 1990 interview on the television program Lorna’s Corner, Wycelf said:
“When the cop is messing around with somebody for something that the person didn’t do and they try to set ’em up, that makes me blunted on reality. When the government is taking money on arms…and that money could be going back to the community it makes me blunted on reality. It’s just awareness of what’s going on…that’s what blunted on reality means…It don’t mean that I smoke weed…cause I’m too paranoid as it is.”
The Blunted On Reality vinyl will be dropping on October 28.