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The Roots Recall Near Beef With The Fugees

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Hip-hop collective The Roots aren’t known for being troublemakers, staying out of beefs during their long career. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t gotten close to sparring with another group. The band’s leader Questlove recently spoke on an incident that took place during the ’90s where the Fugees — Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras — were claiming to be the first hip-hop band to perform on stage with a live band.

“I’ll say that the closest we came to that — but it was more creative s— — I think it was a little something with the Fugees back then,” he told DJ Whoo Kid. “I heard a rumor, someone called me and said that they started doing some ‘Hip-Hop 101′ thing at they show and was like, you know, ‘If you see anybody else doing this [Hip Hop band] thing, remember you saw it here first,’ knowing that it was a lie. But, I guess that was the closest thing.”

Despite the near beef, the groups and their individual members have continued to cross paths throughout the years. The two shared the same stage while filming ‘Dave Chappelle’s Block Party’ in 2004, while Lauryn Hill fronted The Roots for a rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love’ last month during Michael J. Fox’s annual fundraising event, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson.

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