Blunted on Reality

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Blunted on Reality
Studio album by Fugees
Released February 1, 1994
Recorded 1992–1993
Genre Reggae fusion, Hip hop soul, jazz rap
Length 74:01
Label Ruffhouse
Producer

Pras, Wyclef Jean, Khalis Bayyan, Salaam Remi, Brand X, Stephen Walker, Rashad Muhammad

[Additional personnel: Levi, Mad Spider (vocals); Larry Stokes (guitar); Khalis Bayyan (saxophone, keyboards); Rashad Muhammad (bass, programming); Derrick Darling (drums); DJ Boy Wonder (scratches); Deejay Doc 4 (programming)
Fugees chronology
Blunted on Reality
(1994)
The Score
(1996)
Singles from Blunted on Reality
  1. "Boof Baf"
    Released: October 19, 1993 (1993-10-19)[1]
  2. "Nappy Heads"
    Released: February 1, 1994 (1994-02-01)
  3. "Vocab"
    Released: October 18, 1994 (1994-10-18)


Blunted on Reality is the debut album released by hip hop group Fugees.

Background[edit]

The album was written and recorded by the group in 1992, however, following a long dispute with their record company, the album was not released until February 1, 1994. Most versions of the album contain eighteen tracks, with the addition of a remix of "Nappy Heads" on the majority of these versions. Three singles were released from the album: "Boof Baf", "Nappy Heads" and "Vocab".

The album was recorded at the House of Music Studios in West Orange, New Jersey.[2] The Fugees have said that they allowed the producers too much control over the album's content and form.[3]

Themes[edit]

Although the album did not contain as many lyrics with overtly politically messages as songs from The Score, there were still political intentions. Wyclef Jean describes the meaning of the title of their first album in a 1990 interview on the television program Lorna’s Corner: “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.”[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[5]
Melody Maker (favorable)[6]
New York Times (favorable)[7]
Q 4/5 stars [6]
Rhapsody (favorable)[8]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Vibe (favorable)[6]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[11]

Tracklisting[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Sample(s) used[12]
1 "Introduction" Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
2 "Nappy Heads" Brand X, Pras, Rashad Muhammad & Wyclef Jean Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
3 "Blunted" (Interlude)/"Blunted On Reality [unlisted]" Pras & Wyclef Jean; Co-Producer: Khalis Bayyan Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
4 "Recharge" Khalis Bayyan, Pras & Wyclef Jean Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
5 "Freestyle" (Interlude) Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
6 "Vocab" Pras & Wyclef Jean Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
7 "Special News Bulletin" (Interlude) Khalis Bayyan, Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
8 "Boof Baf" Khalis Bayyan, Pras & Wyclef Jean Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Pras Michel & Mad Spida
  • "Mojo Hanna" by Tammi Lynn
9 "Temple" Pras & Wyclef Jean; Co-Producer: Khalis Bayyan Lauryn Hill,Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
10 "How Hard Is It?" Khalis Bayyan, Pras & Wyclef Jean Wyclef Jean, Pras Michel & Lauryn Hill
11 "Harlem Chit Chat" (Interlude) Rashad Muhammad
12 "Some Seek Stardom" Rashad Muhammad & Stephen Walker Lauryn Hill
13 "Giggles" Pras & Wyclef Jean; Co-Producers: Khalis Bayyan & Rashad Muhammad Pras Michel; chorus: Lauryn Hill
14 "Da Kid from Haiti" (Interlude) Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
15 "Refugees on the Mic" Pras & Wyclef Jean; Co-Producer: Khalis Bayyan Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel
  • "Good Times" by Chic
  • "Brazilian Rhyme" by Earth, Wind & Fire
16 "Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow" Pras & Wyclef Jean Wyclef Jean
17 "Shout Outs from the Block" Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Pras Michel & uncredited guests
18 "Nappy Heads" (Remix) Salaam Remi Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean & Pras Michel

Commercial performance[edit]

Charts[edit]

Albums[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Album Charts[13] 122
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 62

Singles[edit]

List of chart performances of all singles from album
Title Year Peak chart positions
US
[15]
US
R&B

[16]
UK
[13]
"Boof Baf"[17] 1993
"Nappy Heads" 1994 49 52 172
"Vocab"[A] 108 91

Sales[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Boof Baf [Vinyl]: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Coleman, Brian (2007). p. 213.
  3. ^ Ebony. November 1996. p. 72. Accessed from May 31, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Fugees". Lorna's Corner. 1990. Hartford Public Access TV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fiz3BsYk0NY.
  5. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (1994-02-01). "Blunted on Reality - Fugees : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  6. ^ a b c "Music: Blunted on Reality (1st Album) (CD) by Fugees (Tranzlator Crew)". Tower.com. 1996-07-01. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  7. ^ "The Pop Life - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1995-01-05. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  8. ^ Bwinning (1994-02-01). "Blunted on Reality : Fugees". Rhapsody. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  9. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Fugees". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  10. ^ The new Rolling Stone album guide - Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  11. ^ http://ca.music.yahoo.com/release/179576[dead link]
  12. ^ "AKA The (Rap) Sample FAQ". The-breaks.com. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  13. ^ a b Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Adam F. – FYA". Zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Fugees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Fugees. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Fugees – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Fugees – Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Boof Baf [Vinyl Single] – Fugees > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ Vibe. Vol. 4, No. 5. June–July 1996. p. 75. Accessed from May 31, 2013.
  19. ^ "Certifications Albums Or – année 1997" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Fugees – Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 

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