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Fugees' Pras Michel Charged With Campaign Finance Crimes

Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, a founding member of the hip-hop group The Fugees, has been charged as part of a campaign finance conspiracy in the 2012 election. On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department announced that Michel and Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho (known as “Jho Low)” had been each charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States government and for being a conduit for foreign campaign contributions. Michel also was charged with one count of a scheme to conceal material facts a...
Tags: Music, US, United States, Malaysia, Doj, Low, Wall Street Journal, Bruce Houghton, U S Justice Department, Federal Election Commission, Michel, 1Malaysia Development Berhad, Federal Elections Commission, Fugees, Low Taek Jho, Wikimedia Commons CelebrityAccess


Pras Pleads Not Guilty In Campaign Finance Embezzlement Case

One of the founding members of the 1990s hip-hop group the Fugees has been charged in a campaign finance conspiracy that took place during the 2012 election. More »
Tags: Music, News, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Fugees, Pras


C. J. Farley's Playlist for His Novel "Around Harvard Square"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. C. J. Farley's Around Harvard Square is a raucously funny and satirical coming-of-age novel. The National Book Review wrote of the book: "A smart, satirical novel about surviving ...
Tags: Music, New York, Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Scotland, Boston, Time, Beck, Nas, Radiohead, David, Harvard, New Jersey, Erykah Badu, Miami, Aaliyah


Tiny Desk Family Hour: Wyclef Jean

The former Fugees star brought an electric guitar and a young protégé.(Image credit: Aaron Rogosin/Courtesy of SXSW)
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Feds Raided Office Of Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy In Money Laundering Probe

A sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica shows federal agents scoured Elliott Broidy’s office for documents related to China, Saudi Arabia and a Miami Beach club promoter. Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica. Agents were authorized to use the megadonor’s hands and face to un...
Tags: New York, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, Los Angeles, Fbi, United States, New York Times, Paris, Middle East, The Times, Playboy, Times


Listen to My Top 5 Albums from Nas

We kicked things off last week with the late, great 2Pac. This week, we’ll move to my favorite rapper alive and that’s Nas. Nas has been in the game over 25 years as he made his first appearance on a record in 1991. Live at the Barbeque by Main Source was the introduction to Nas. The verse on the track garnered so much attention for Nas and it landed him a record deal. In 1994, Nas dropped his debut album, Illmatic and it has been called one of the best hip hop records of all-time. Nas have re...
Tags: Nas, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lauryn Hill, Nas Illmatic, Damian Marley, Fugees, Jay Z Jay Z, Blog Hops & memes, Music Monday, Mixtapes/Compilation Albums, NAS NAS, Stillmatic Nas


Cardi B Makes History As First Solo Woman to Win Best Rap Album at the Grammys

Cardi B took home the award for Best Rap Album tonight at the 2019 Grammy Awards and made history at the same damn time. READ MORE: Is It Disrespectful That Cardi B Won Her First Grammy Before Nicki Minaj? The award, which was presented to Cardi at the 61st Grammys, was for her debut album Invasion of Privacy, which is a huge accomplishment for a new artist. She accepted her award with her husband Offset by her side. SEE MORE: Cardi B & Offset Reunite, Lick Tongues on the Grammy Awards Red Carpe...
Tags: Celebs, Television, Entertainment, Nicki Minaj, Awards, Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Jazz, Grammys, Trending, Lauryn Hill, Cardi B, Cardi, Fugees, Bodak Yellow, Invasion of Privacy (Cardi B Album


Ex-Fugees member Pras fights US forfeiture complaint

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rapper and founding member of the 1990s hip-hop group The Fugees is fighting the U.S. government over a multimillion-dollar forfeiture complaint. Prakazrel “Pras” Michel faces allegations in a civil forfeiture complaint that he participated in a scheme to try to influence a Justice Department investigation into corruption involving a Malaysian investment […]
Tags: News, Entertainment, Washington, US, Ap, Nation, Justice Department, Fugees, Pras, Prakazrel Pras Michel


Soul Serenade: The Delfonics, “Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)

Do you remember when you first fell in love with Philly Soul? For me, it was in 1968 because that was the year when the Delfonics’ “La La Means I Love You” came pouring out of radio speakers everywhere to offer a balm in a very troubled time. There had certainly been great Philly Soul records before. Several of the Intruders hits come to mind but there was something so magical about the Delfonics sound that it transcended everything else. I remember seeing the Delfonics on television around that...
Tags: Music, Philadelphia, Mafia, Detroit, Bell, The Jackson 5, Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Ken Shane, Soul Serenade, The Temptations, Hart, William Hart, The Delfonics, Missy Elliott, Stylistics, Thom Bell


Netflix Orders Animated Wyclef Jean Movie From Greg Silverman’s Stampede

Netflix has given the greenlight to a CG animated musical movie that will revolve around the life story of Fugees founding member Wyclef Jean. The project hails from Stampede, the production banner recently launched by former Warner Bros. Pictures executive Greg Silverman. Justin Marks (“The Jungle Book”) is on board to write the script. The […]
Tags: News, Netflix, Wyclef Jean, Greg Silverman, Warner Bros Pictures, Fugees, Greg Silverman Justin


Pras Michel Wants His Blockchain-Powered Phone to Help Users Own Their Data

Pras Michel, the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist, wants smartphone users to start controlling--and monetizing--their own data. Michel, a founding member of the Fugees and now founder of the blockchain platform Blacture, is getting ready for his company to debut its first blockchain-enabled smartphone. The phone will let users eventually get paid for sharing data with marketers...
Tags: Advertising, Blockchain, Michel, Fugees, Pras Michel, Pras Michel the Grammy


Me and Wyclef: Peas in a pod on copyright

The battle-lines have been clearly drawn for several years now, but as the European Parliament vote on copyright reform in the EU looms tomorrow, both sides are bringing out the big guns. Speaking at a press conference today in the European Parliament, former Fugees founder and global music star, Wyclef Jean called on MEPs to reject Article 13 of the copyright directive to support artists and creators. “We will never forget the past, but we live in the present, so that we may see the future. Mus...
Tags: Startups, Eu, Wyclef Jean, European Parliament, Contributors, Wyclef, Fugees


Lauryn Hill Responds to Robert Glasper’s Stolen Music & Professionalism Accusations

Grammy Award winning musician Robert Glasper made headlines earlier this month following an appearance on Houston’s The Madd Hatta Morning Show. During the lengthy interview, Lauryn Hill came up as a subject, where Glasper opened up on bad experiences fellow colleagues and himself experienced working with Ms. Hill. In the sit-down, Robert Glasper also accused The Fugees member for stealing music to create her 1998 solo classic debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. “Respect, I respect. You c...
Tags: Quotes, Jazz, Drake, Houston, Robert, Lauryn Hill, Hill, Robert Glasper, Fugees, Glasper, Lauryn Hill Responds


Judge Jed Rakoff sentences rapper DMX to one year in federal prison for tax fraud

US District Court Judge Jed Rakoff has long been a vocal advocate against mass incarceration and other problems he seeing is the operation of the federal criminal justice system. But that view did not preclude him from thinking he needed to send a notable white-collar criminal to federal prison yesterday as reported in this local article (which provides a nice short review of the parties' sentencing arguments): Embattled rapper DMX was sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison for tax fraud — b...
Tags: Law, US, Manhattan, Irs, Joe, Murray, Lauryn Hill, Simmons, DMX, Earl Simmons, Fugees, Douglas A Berman, Jed Rakoff, Jeffrey Atkins, Rakoff, Stacey Richman


A Week In Chicago, IL, On A $82,000 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: a consultant who makes $82,000 per year and spends some of her paycheck this week on wine.Occupation: ConsultantIndustry: Healthcare ITAge: 28Location: Chicago, ILSalary: $82,000-$87,000, Travel Bonus: $3,000-$9,000My Husband's Salary: $55,000, plus $...
Tags: Home Depot, Fashion, Music, Aldi, Walgreens, Chicago, Heineken, Starbucks, Tsa, Scorsese, Hulu, Skype, Joe, American Airlines, Jackie Brown, Ray Liotta


Amid #TakeAKnee, Pras Buys Super Bowl Ad Promoting Black Culture

At the end of a football season marked by controversy over player protests for racial equality, the rapper Pras is running a Super Bowl ad to promote black culture and his new digital platform for black culture, Blacture. Blacture will include content from artists and influencers and tell stories that are underreported in mass media, according a press release. The goal, it says, is to "promote black excellence and increase awareness and understanding of the tremendous influence the black artisti...
Tags: Advertising, McKinney, Antoine Fuqua, Fugees, Jeanine Poggi, Pras


Pras Producing Hip-Hop Cops TV Drama

Pras (of the Fugees fame) is developing a television series about the NYPD's "rap intelligence unit" that was started after Biggie and Tupac's murders. "The idea for this project was born out of my own experiences as an artist and hearing about the experiences that others had with the RUI," Pras told More »
Tags: Music, News, Biggie, Fugees, Pras, Pras Producing Hip Hop Cops TV Drama, RUI Pras


Marketer's Brief: Budweiser Brings on Another Agency

Pass the syrup and play the countryWe don't know if there's a trophy, but we do know Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color" was named the most-played song on Waffle House jukeboxes over the past 12 months. Ed Sheeran snagged two of the top spots in the first-ever official Waffle House top 10 ranking. The announcement, made Nov. 22 on National Jukebox Day, includes plenty of recent hits. No word on why 1996's "Killing Me Softly" by Fugees is in the top 10 (perhaps cholesterol has something to do w...
Tags: Advertising, Ed Sheeran, Waffle House, Keith, Fugees, J Schultz, Budweiser Brings on Another Agency


Wyclef is making an 'insane' mixtape

The Fugees star is putting his own spin on songs by Kendrick Lamar, Future and Giggs.
Tags: News, Wyclef, Fugees, Kendrick Lamar Future


Book Notes - Ray Padgett "Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. For almost ten years Ray Padgett has been featuring cover songs on his blog Cover Me along with insightful commentary. In Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Song...
Tags: Music, New York, Georgia, David, Atlantic, Dolly Parton, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Boy George, Houston, Whitney Houston, Leeds, Will Ferrell, Slayer, Elvis, Roy Hamilton


Hear A Previously Unreleased Track By The Fugees

Though rumors of a reunion from the Fugees are already dispelled by members, a previously unheard track from the long-disbanded hip-hop trio surfaced last night. Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex premiered the song on his radio show Saturday evening, after tweeting out he had a “new Fugees record.” The untitled song features verses from … More »
Tags: Music, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Fugees, Funkmaster Flex, Pras Michel


'I Have a Huge Idea:' Wyclef Jean Wants to Work With Brands

Wyclef Jean showed at Cannes he's about as friendly toward marketing as a musician can get. Besides serving on the Entertainment Lions for Music jury, he appeared on a panel about the business side of music alongside FCB Global Chief Creative Officer Susan Credle and executives of his label Heads Music and Shazam, which created an augmented-reality promotion around his new album.Cannes wants to be careful not to become "the Cannes Music Festival," Jean said in an interview, but organizers didn't...
Tags: Advertising, Shakira, Wyclef Jean, Cannes, Fcb, Jean, Fugees, Jack Neff, Susan Credle, Entertainment Lions


The Female Singers From The '90s We LOVE

Fair warning: You're about to enter a place of extreme '90s nostalgia. But we're not going to talk about Kurt Cobain or Friends or get wistful about the days of less digitally connected existence. Nope, this homage is dedicated to all the ladies who rocked that decade — and their way into our hearts (and eardrums) forever.We're talking Sarah McLachlan and Lauryn Hill. Kathleen Hanna and Gwen Stefani. Brandy, Monica, and Melissa Ethridge. And then there's all the ladies of the Lilith Fair stage....
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, Vogue, Britney Spears, West Coast, Carrie Brownstein, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake, Meredith, Kurt Cobain, Lauryn Hill, Sarah Mclachlan, Corin Tucker, Don, Joey


Sacs de Douche à Québec: Part 1

THIS CAN BE TAKEN SO MANY WAYS. I THINK IT WAS THE THEME OF OUR TRIP. I am not a real photographer; I think I should start by saying that. Yes, I take photos, and sometimes they even come out well, but when people ask me what I do, photography is usually somewhere near the bottom of the list. Yet somehow, I found myself up to my neck in snow in Quebec last winter as the official photographer on a snowboard video shoot. Well…let me classify “official”: I was the only photographer, and I was invi...
Tags: Sport, Features, Canada, West Coast, Montreal, Snowboarding, East Coast, Quebec, Eric Clapton, Random, Burlington, Josh, Montreal Canada, Killington, Justin, Casanova


Festival day-tripping around Montréal!

Whether you’re into yoga, jazz, classical or electronic music, hot-air ballooning or the country scene, Montréal’s surroundings are teeming with festivals to satisfy your cultural and spiritual cravings. Time to sharpen your pencils and start planning some day trips for a taste of Québec’s joie de vivre and creativity. Craving classical music? 40 years old already! The Festival de Lanaudière invites classical music lovers and world-renowned artists (Alain Lefèvre, Kent Nagano and more) to cel...
Tags: Travel, Music, Summer, Canada, Tremblant, Festivals, North America, Montreal, Wyclef Jean, Nightlife, Electronic, Concerts, John Hammond, Laval, Igloofest, Carillon Park


Lauryn Hill played a surprise Coachella set with DJ Snake (pics, videos)

The Fugees singer played a few hits before letting DJ Snake get back to the EDM. Continue reading… [Author: BrooklynVegan Staff]
Tags: Music, Coachella, Music News, Migos, Lauryn Hill, Dj Snake, Fugees, Hip Hop News, BrooklynVegan Staff, Electronic Dance Music News


Lauryn Hill played a surprise Coachella set with DJ Snake (videos)

The Fugees singer played a few hits before letting DJ Snake get back to the EDM. Continue reading… [Author: BrooklynVegan Staff]
Tags: Music, Coachella, Music News, Migos, Lauryn Hill, Dj Snake, Fugees, Hip Hop News, BrooklynVegan Staff, Electronic Dance Music News


Lauryn Hill played a surprise Coachella set with DJ Snake

The Fugees singer played a few hits before letting DJ Snake get back to the EDM. Continue reading… [Author: BrooklynVegan Staff]
Tags: Music, Coachella, Music News, Migos, Lauryn Hill, Dj Snake, Fugees, Hip Hop News, BrooklynVegan Staff, Electronic Dance Music News


Hear Tagline Episode 3: Wyclef Jean Talks Creativity, Music and Politics

Wyclef Jean, the Fugees cofounder and former candidate for president of Haiti, joined Ad Age and iHeartMedia at SXSW for the latest episode of the "Tagline" podcast series, sponsored by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, this time focusing on music and marketing.With a lively streak of politics."You write 'Hips Don't Lie' and after you write this song you go, 'Okay, this one is perhaps the biggest air-played song of all times,'" Wyclef said. "Then you go, 'Well, is this how I want to leave the earth?' I ...
Tags: Advertising, Wyclef Jean, Haiti, Sxsw, Don, Wyclef, Fugees, Hips Don