Lauryn Hill is showing MAJOR love to DJ Khaled.
Fresh off announcing her upcoming tour, Ms. Hill thanked Khaled for sampling the Fugees classic “Fu-Gee-La” on “Nas Album Done” off his new album, Major Key. In a message posted on Saturday (Aug. 6), the reclusive star responded to Khaled’s recent praise.
“DJ Khaled, thank you for that acknowledgement, and thank you and Nas for blessing up the chune lol,” she wrote. “‘Fu-Gee-La’ was a special song for us. I have fond memories of us and Salaam [Remi] recording that song. My son, Zion, ironically laid his own thoughts down in a verse on this same song recently. There must be something in the air.”
She also congratulated the Snapchat king and his wife on their upcoming baby. “May God bless your family and the arrival of your new child,” she added. “I also remember that Humble Lion show! Grace and peace to both of you.”
Prior to this, Nas said it was Khaled’s idea to use the sample. “He knew exactly what he wanted,” Esco told Complex. “He had a couple of ideas, but the one we put out, that was the one he really wanted…I texted Ms. Lauryn Hill to ask her if she was cool, she said she was cool. She signed off on it, she gave me the approval…I just wanted to get her blessing and we were good.”
“Fu-Gee-La” is now two decades old, having appeared on the Fugees’ 1996 album The Score. That same year, Nas and Lauryn Hill collaborated on “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That),” a standout from Nas’ It Was Written, that the duo still performs together from time to time.
A week ago, Khaled thanked the Fugees for clearing the sample in a letter on Instagram. “I remember the 1st time I heard the angelic voice of Lauryn Hill singing Ooooh La La La…It was like a voice from heaven,” he wrote. “Alongside the genius musician/artist Wyclef and Pras they formed the iconic and one of my favorite groups The Fugees. The Fugees pushed the culture forward and was an inspiration to me as a fan of great music and an inspiration to this day.”
Read more of Khaled’s letter below.
#letterTOtheFugees I remember the 1st time I heard the angelic voice of Lauryn Hill singing Ooooh La La La…It was like a voice from heaven. Alongside the genius musician/artist Wyclef and Pras they formed the iconic and one of my favorite groups The Fugees. The Fugees pushed the culture forward and was an inspiration to me as a fan of great music and an inspiration to this day. Dj Khaled feat @nas title of the song is (Nas Album Done! )Just the title alone let's you know it's serious!! And trust me it's serious!!! So I'd like to extend my tremendous appreciation to The Fugees for giving me their blessing with Fu gee La. To Ms. Lauryn Hill I want to say thank you so very much for allowing me to create Nas Album Done utilizing your angelic voice that we sample from fu gee la Thank you for blessing me and fan luv and the millions of fans of yours and The Fugees and music fans world wide. Ms HILL I also want tell u not only am I a huge fan I play the song ZION to my son that's in my queens belly ! I want my son to hear and feel your powerful amazing iconic voice and the amazing love coming from that song ! if I could sing that's the song I would sing to my son so I play it every chance to my son in my queens belly🙏🏽 .. To Wyclef my brother, thank you for always seeing my vision and going out your way to help make this possible. You said it best "We use to be number 10!!!! Now we permanent at 1!!!!!" Thank you for giving me your blessing. Thank u for being my brother we came along way !! I will always remember me u at FULLY LOADED in Jamaica we made history !!!!! To my brother Pras, I seen you the other day pullin off in the wraith!!!! You made time for me and came to the studio to catch a vibe. I appreciate you so much. Thank you for giving me your blessing. I appreciate that!!! Bless up!! I wrote this letter to show u my appreciation for clearing the sample for my rec wit @nas #NASALBUMDONE🙏🏽🔑🔑🔑🙏🏽. #MAJOR🔑 #JULY29 @wethebestmusic 🙏🏽🔑🦁🙏🏽. Oh yeah I'll never forget the show wit all y'all performing at the cameo in Miami wow it was historic !! #MIAMI!!! The promoter was humble lion ! @wyclefjean @ms_laurynhill @prasmichel