Pras Michel, Lauryn Hill, and Wyclef Jean of The Fugees all reunited to perform at the 2023 Roots Picnic in Philadelphia on Saturday night. The performance comes as Pras Michel faces 20 years in prison for his connection to the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad scandal. He is accused of pumping millions of dollars from Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho into Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.
On stage Saturday, the group performed a six-song set that included “Killing Me Softly” as well as “Fu-Gee-La,” and more of their hits. Depending on the sentencing of Pras, it could be the final time they all take the stage together.
The Fugees At The Roots Picnic
While Pras was in attendance for the event, some users on social media noted that he didn’t appear in the best of spirits. Responding to one clip of the show, a fan wrote on Twitter: “Damn Pras looks kinda sad… Probably not feelin right after everything that happened recently.”
Pras was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the US, witness tampering, and acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government back in April. A sentencing date wasn’t set at the time, but Pras’ lawyer, David Kenner, told reporters the team remains confident mistrial motions will work out for them. “We are extremely disappointed in that result. But are very, very confident in the ultimate outcome of this case,” Kenner said at the time, according to CNN. “If we do move to a sentencing hearing I remain very confident we will certainly appeal this case. This is not over.”
The Fugees Perform Together
The Fugees previously attempted to schedule a tour in honor of the 25th anniversary of the release of The Score. A first tour was canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Plans for a rescheduling were later put on hold indefinitely due to Pras’ legal troubles.