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.