Ready or Not (Fugees song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Ready or Not"
Single by Fugees
from the album The Score
Released August 29, 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:47
Label Ruffhouse
Writer(s) Nelust Wyclef Jean, Samuel Prakazrel Michel, Lauryn Hill, William Hart, Thomas Bell, Enya, Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan
Producer(s) Fugees, Jerry Duplessis
Fugees singles chronology
"Killing Me Softly"
"Ready or Not"
"No Woman, No Cry"

"Ready or Not" is a song by the American hip hop group Fugees, from their second studio album The Score (1996). The song contains a sample of "Boadicea" by Enya, and its chorus is based on "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)" by The Delfonics. While "Ready or Not" was a minor hit in the Fugees' native United States, the song was most successful in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it topped the charts. It remained at that position for two weeks, becoming their second chart-topping single of 1996 in Britain, following Killing Me Softly.[1] Singer Enya was prepared to sue the group for copyright infringement, because she had not permitted the group to sample the song "Boadicea", from her 1986 album Enya. She eventually settled out of court.

Barack Obama listed this as his favourite song.[2] The song is used from the theatrical trailer of the film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.


Vibe reported that the Fugees' “Ready or Not” video helped usher in the era of bank-breaking, movie-like hip hop videos. The video featured helicopters, explosions, sharks, chase scenes, and a price tag of 1.3 million dollars. In justifying the cost, Pras told Vibe “People want to see drama, man. You figure: A kid pays sixteen dollars for your CD. Let him see a good video." [3]

Other versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ready Or Not" (Radio Version) - 3:47
  2. "Ready Or Not" (Salaam's Ready For The Show Remix) - 4:24
  3. "Ready Or Not" (Handel's Yaard Vibe Mix) - 4:41
  4. "The Score" - 4:32
  1. "Ready Or Not" (Album Version) - 3:50
  2. "How Many Mics" - 4:23
  3. "Freestyle" - 5:03
  4. "Blame It On The Sun" - 5:41


Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 24
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 6
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 8
Ireland (IRMA) 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 8
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 69
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[18] 22


External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Flava" by Peter Andre
UK Singles Chart number-one single
September 15, 1996 - September 28, 1996
(two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something