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Single by Fugees
from the album The Score
Released December 13, 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Hip hop, Soul, Reggae
Length 4:20
Label Ruffhouse
Songwriter(s) Wyclef Jean, Samuel Michel, Lauryn Hill, Allen McGrier, Teena Marie, Salaam Remi
Producer(s) Salaam Remi
Fugees singles chronology
"Refugees on the Mic"
"Killing Me Softly"
"Refugees on the Mic"
"Killing Me Softly"

"Fu-Gee-La" is a song by the Fugees. It was released in December 1995 as the lead single from their second album, The Score. The song, which was produced by Salaam Remi, contains a sample of "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" by Ramsey Lewis, and its chorus is based on "Ooo La La La" by Teena Marie. Several remixes of the song, including the "Refugee Camp Remix" and the "Sly & Robbie Remix", which features a young Akon, also appear on The Score. It is the highest-selling single from the Fugees, and has been certified gold by RIAA.[1]


Producer Salaam Remi discussed the song's conception: "We actually were working on a song for Spike Lee’s Clockers movie that actually, that song never came out. So we had a song that we did for Clockers, and then during that session, Wyclef was like, 'Yo, play that beat you did for Fat Joe!' And Lauryn was like, 'Yo, play the Fat Joe beat' and then when I played it, Clef jumped up and spit the first verse to 'Fu-Gee-La.' He had the verse, but it just fell all together and then we worked on it. That song was actually done prior to The Score, so a lot of The Score’s vibe was based around what that song was."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for Fu-Gee-La was filmed in Jamaica. They wanted to recreate Jimmy Cliff's film The Harder They Come (1972).[3] It follows a robbery-related concept, with each band member taking on a particular role. Oddly enough, at around 1:21, a hand, presumably the cameraman, pops up into the screen for a brief period of time to direct Lauryn Hill where to move.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fu-Gee-La" (Album Version) - 4:15
  2. "Fu-Gee-La" (North Side Mix) - 4:15
  3. "Fu-Gee-La" (Refugee Camp Remix) - 4:24
  4. "Fu-Gee-La" (Sly & Robbie Mix) - 5:33
  5. "Fu-Gee-La" (Wyclef's Global Acoustic Mix) - 4:18
  6. "Fu-Gee-La" (Fugi Acapella) - 4:08
  1. "Fu-Gee-La" (Album Version) - 4:15
  2. "Fu-Gee-La" (Album Instrumental) - 4:15
  3. "Fu-Gee-La" (Refugee Camp Remix) - 4:24
  4. "Fu-Gee-La" (Refugee Camp Instrumental) - 4:22
  5. "Fu-Gee-La" (North Side Mix) - 4:15
  6. "Fu-Gee-La" (Sly & Robbie Mix) - 5:33
  7. "How Many Mics" - 4:22


Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 43
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 14
France (SNEP)[9] 22
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 9
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 21
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 29
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[16] 13



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