Music News: No Fugees Reunion, New Gnarls Album, Spank Rock
by Winston "Stone" Ford
No Fugees Reunion
According to your by Pras, the new Fugees reunion album ain’t happening:
“We went in the studio and recorded a couple records that were incredible. But, to put it nicely, it’s dead,” says Pras. “Me and Clef, we on the same page, but Lauryn [Hill] is in her zone, and I’m fed up with that sh*t. Here she is, blessed with a gift, with the opportunity to rock and give and she’s running on some b*llshit? I’m a fan of Lauryn’s but I can’t respect that.”
It’s sad that a group that once sold over 18 million albums in the day has come down to this. Even though the two “reunion” tracks sucked majorly and there were mixed reviews of their European tour, I would be first in line for a Fugees album. Personally, I think that Pras is jealous that Wyclef and Lauyrn have gone on to have solid careers while he was left in the underground. He is working on a documentary called Skid Row that opens in DC next month and he has a new solo album. But if he walked up behind you right now would you know who he was?
New Gnarls Barkley Album This Christmas?
When GB first came out Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse said that it would probably be a one off deal, a little side project. They also said that their name had nothign to do with Charles Barkley, which we now know simply ain’t true.
So yeah, they lie. Word is that Cee Lo and DM made about 11 million a piece from St. Elsewhere and that album went platinum. So of course when you’re making those kind of dollars there is bound to be a sequel (just like Shrek 3). Of course they won’t say anythign about the new album other than it being “two weeks to two months from completion,” and Danger Mouse got all pissy when he previewed a song for the media. They also said that they won’t promote the album at all. Didn’t I just mention that they lie? (initial hap tip: Rhythm Lab)
Spank Rock Signs to Downtown
Spank Rock. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Yoyoyoyo clocked the most spins on my iPod last year so you know where I stand in this debate. Of course I’m glad that they signed with Downtown Records last month. If you don’t know, Downtown Records is the home of Gnarls Barkley (above), and such indie bands as Art Brut and Cold War Kids, and has a US distribution deal with Atlantic Records. Unlike most majors they’re known for actually nurturing artists and I hear they give them a decent cut of the revenue as well (like Koch). Spank Rock isn’t for everyone, but in the right hands they could do big things.