Fugees ft. A Tribe Called Quest & Busta Rhymes - Rumble In The Jungle

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From the 1996 Soundtrack to the Award Winning Documentary: "When We Were Kings"...(Click "show more" for artist info)...

When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The fight was held in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974.

The film features a number of celebrities, including James Brown, Jim Brown, B.B. King, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Spike Lee and Thomas Hauser.

When We Were Kings was released in 1996 to strong reviews, and won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The Fugees formed in the early nineties, but changed direction and released their first hip-hop LP, Blunted on Reality, in 1994 under the guidance of Kool and the Gang's producer Ronald Bell. The album spawned two underground hits, "Nappy Heads (Mona Lisa)" and "Vocab", but gained little mainstream attention, although it had an unmistakable artistic quality and a very innovative approach in the use of samples. The musical qualities of this first opus would be rediscovered, after the release of their second album The Score which appeared in early 1996.

The Score became one of the biggest hits of 1996 and one of the best-selling hip hop albums of all time. The Fugees first gained attention for their cover versions of old favorites, with the group's reinterpretations of "No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley & the Wailers and "Killing Me Softly with His Song" (originally written by Lori Lieberman in 1971, remade by Roberta Flack in 1973), the latter being their biggest hit. The album also included a re-interpretation of The Delfonics' "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)" in their hit single, "Ready or Not", which featured a prominent sample of Enya's "Boadicea" without the singer's permission. This prompted a lawsuit resulting in a settlement where Enya was given credit and royalties for her sample. The Fugees have continuously thanked and praised Enya for her deep understanding of the situation, for example in the liner notes for The Score. The Fugees won two 1997 Grammy Awards with The Score (Best Rap Album) and "Killing Me Softly" (Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group).

In 1997, the Fugees all began solo projects: Hill started work on her critically acclaimed The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill; Jean began producing for a number of artists (including Canibus, Destiny's Child and Carlos Santana) and recorded his debut album The Carnival; Pras, with Mya and Ol' Dirty Bastard, recorded the single "Ghetto Supastar" for the soundtrack to the Warren Beatty/Halle Berry film Bulworth. In early 1998, they reunited to shoot a music video for the song "Just Happy to Be Me" which appeared in the Sesame Street special Elmopalooza.

The trio purposely took its name from a word often used derogatorily to refer to Haitian-Americans (refugee) Refugee Camp, while a name sometimes credited to the trio, also refers to a number of artists affiliated with them, and particularly Jean. John Forté was an early member, rapping and drum programming on two of The Score's tracks, and served a 14-year prison sentence for cocaine trafficking until his sentence was commuted in November 2008 by George W. Bush.

💬 Comments on the video

Lauryn Hill was THAT CHIC!!! one of the DOPEST FEMALE MC EVER!!

Author — Mike Rix


The days when rappers spit verses and you had to pick up a book to get it . . . miss rappers spitting knowledge

Author — SoulVibez


Busta: "I remember when Cassius Clay flipped the script taking trips to Zimbabwe. Africans started calling the God, Ali Bumaye!"They don't do raps like that anymore!

Author — Robert Vincent


I love being black

Thats why I listen to VAITO

Author — victorinox190


This video makes me love being black even more.

Author — Warlock 41


Lauryn Hill is the female version of Nas

Author — Justin Davis


Sample is from ABBA - The Name of the Game (1977).

Author — mayena


when rappers didnt make stupid noise and call it MUSIC

Author — Lennard Lewis


'We use to bite the bullets, with the pigskin casings,
Now we perfect slang like a gang of street masons,
Scribes check, made connects,
True Pyramid architects,
Replace the last name with the X,
"The 'Man' has got a God-complex,
Take the texts, changed the pictures,
Watch Mohammed play the Messenger like Holy Muslim Scripture,
Take orders from only God,
Only War if it's Jihad,
See Ali appears in Zaire to reconnect 400yrs,
Now 'We The People',
Dark but equal,
Give love and such things,
To the man who made the Fam remember when We Were Kings'

Absolutely beautiful. One of the most elegant, yet powerful pieces of writing ever put in a song (or anywhere). The amount of historical truth and imagery packed in that verse is scary; really is, if one knows what she's alluding to. Peace.

Author — muktar aliyu


One of the Greatest hip hop collaboration of all fucking time. All those Legends in 4 min. Musical orgasm.

Rip Phife. You had the voice, the flow and the best metaphors.

Author — Cheri Cheri


Lauryn kills this. What a verse, but, that voice!

Author — G S


this collabo puts anything from today to SHAME!

Author — WaVy BaBy


Hip-hop (or boxing) will never be this good again.

Author — MrBopeel


ABBA were right to allow these guys to sample their music, this is the first out of two times they have ever let anybody do so (Madonna being the second). Great track for a great documentary about a great guy - this is IT.

Author — xoffender74


q tip & lauryn are tooo nice on this..

Author — K M


Busta used to KILL them posse cuts back in the 90's. Flava in Ya Ear remix, Vibin remix, Rumble in the Jungle, and of course SCENARIO.

Author — Anthony Anderson


I Miss This Type of Hip-Hop When It Was Normal To Be Intelligent in Music. I Guess That's Why My Mind is Trapped in the Past, or Trapped in Real Life Thoughts.

Author — Martin Manifesto


Verse 1: Wyclef Jean]
(Come on)
Root to the fruit
More bass than Bootsy Collins
You versus me
Thats like Ali verses Foreman (a-ha)
God's act, stand back and watch
Devil's time out
Can't be timed with no swatch watch
Who I am, the black Abraham
Zunga zunga zang, yellow man, Vietnam
Add an extra bar as I spar with literature
Taking kingdoms from tsars
Winning more wars than the Moors

[Verse 2: John Forté]
Now what's the deal star?
I seen the Devil spar with Allah
Mathematics was the key to set my whole race free
You might debate we, a refugee
No harm hurt me
Dying, thirsty from the struggle
To my own hustle bubble
On the low, woe is me
To show the Free Bob right
The righteous Asiatic thinker
While Satan rob light
Civilized like the Molly
Burgundy, wildy rocking
Seen the fifth when Ali clocked him
John Forte he'll keep you locked in

[Verse 3: Q-Tip]
People all around
You got to recognize and witness
The Mister who swift enough to knock you out with Mic fitness
Hands blistered from holding the mics tight
Some say it's fight night
Well throw the R after the F cause I'ma take away your breath
The bell rings and now it's just a daily operation
Yo, you soft like lubrication
You can see this occupation (The winner)
And you know we hail from Q-Borough
L-Boogs and Clef the trainers, Prazwell promotes the thorough

[Verse 4: Lauryn Hill]
We used to bite the bullets with the pig-skin casing
Now we perfect slang like a gang of street masons (uh)
Scribe checks, make connects
True pyramid architects (yeah)
Replace the last name with the X (X)
The man's got a God complex
But take the text, change the picture
Watch Muhammad play the messenger like Holy Muslim scriptures
Take orders from only God
Only war when it's Jihad
See Ali appears in Zaire to reconnect 400 years
So we the people, dark but equal, give love to such things
To the man who made the fam' remember when we were kings

[Hook: Lauryn Hill]
Blocks on fire (Block's on fire tonight)
Fiends getting higher (uh-huh)
Robbing blue collar
(Hey yo we rob them blue collars)
Killing for a dollar (Stick 'em up)
See youths get tired (Ali ah yeah)
Dealing with them liars (Ali ah yeah)
(We're dealing with too many liars)
From Brooklyn to Zaire (uh-huh ah yeah)
We need a ghetto Messiah (ah yeah come on)

[Chorus: Lauryn Hill]
Send me an angel in the morning, baby
Send me an angel in the morning, darling
Send me Muhammad in the morning, baby
Send me an angel in the morning, darling

[Verse 5: Phife Dawg]
Once the pen hits the pad it's danger
To this I be no stranger
Step inside the ring and I'll derange ya' (Come on)
I'm hearing no comments, everyone looks despondent
Dejected, rejected similar to Liston Catching licks
Beat it, Sonny
My man is still the greatest in this
To hell with Frazier, yapping' about that negative shit
Now listen, you can try and escape if you want to
But ask yourself, who the hell you gonna' run to?
Like Sade Adu, you got a punch that I can sleep to
Fugees, Tribe, Busta Rhymes forever coming through

[Verse 6: Pras]
We sing Amazing Grace over two dollar plates
One roll, snake eyes like Jake The Snake
Many lies put up for stakes, wash our sins at the Great Lakes
You and I cannot see eye to eye, so therefore we can't relate
I'm here, when I make myself crystal clear
You fled to Cape Fear when I laced you up in Zaire
Tussle with a lasso in the Royal Rumble
Seperate boys from men in the concrete jungle

[Verse 7: Busta Rhymes]
I remember when Cassius Clay flipped the script
Taking trips to Zimbabwe
Africans started calling the God, Ali Bumbaye (so bwoy)
So bright, it be the God stricken
God nutrition, lightly stricken (ha)
Blows that feel like you was poison bitten
Ha, yo, I'm 'bout to blister you and your sister
Predicting every ass whipping before my fights my nigga
This be your last warning once you walk right past the doorman
Ali and Foreman gonna' lock ass until the morning
Marvel finances provided by Joseph Mobutu
Special guests of honour like the Archbishop Desmond Tutu
We watched the Rumble In The Jungle
To see who be the targeted uncle, to be the first to fall and fumble
'Nuff blows they getting thrown, like solid milestones
Internally shaking up niggas, imbalance your chromosones
With the force of a thousand warriors
When I bust your ass, identify me as the lord victorious

[Hook: Lauryn Hill]
Blocks on fire (You're a star)
(Blocks on fire)
Dudes getting higher (You're a star)
Robbing blue collar (You're a star)
(Yeah rob them blue collars)
Killing for a dollar (You're a star)
See people get tired (You're a star)
(Youths getting tired)
Of dealing with them liars (You're a star)
(We're dealing with too many liars)
From Brooklyn to Zaire (You're a star)
We need a ghetto Messiah

This songs come from the BEAUTIFUL movie When We Were Kings. Its available for free on youtube the song really won’t make sense unless you have seen the movie so go check it out ASAP!

The primary sample comes from ABBA’s “The Name of The Game.” Yeah, ABBA, for real.

Author — Ana di Lupis


I love this song! Everyone of them is so talented, but Lauryn kills it.

Author — try2justbe


"I make medicine sick" damn Muhammad and Rick Flair both were the hottest of rappers ever. All these kids today have no idea these two dudes had lyrics for days. lol

Author — michael truthson