Ready or Not

Ready or Not


The Fugees' second biggest hit is an ominous warning to wack MCs. The song puts a hip-hop spin on a soul classic—its chorus and bridge are an interpolation of The Delfonics' 1968 hit “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)”.

“Ready Or Not” was released as the follow-up to the group’s massive chart topping R&B hit “Killing Me Softly.” With verses from all three Fugees, this song was more indicative of the trio’s hip-hop sound than their breakout hit. It was a minor Billboard success in the US (peaking at #69) while topping the UK pop chart.

The beat is built around a sample from new age artist Enya’s 1986 track “Boadicea.”

Barack Obama listed “Ready Or Not” as his favorite song while running for president in 2008.

Vibe reported that the Fugees' “Ready or Not” video helped usher in the era of bank-breaking, movie-like hip hop videos. The video featured helicopters, explosions, sharks, chase scenes, and a price tag of 1.3 million US dollars. In justifying the cost, Pras told Vibe “People want to see drama, man. You figure: A kid pays sixteen dollars for your CD. Let him see a good video.”