Much more of a street banger than, say, "Killing Me Softly" was, "Take It Easy" marks the Fugees' forceful return to the scene after almost a decade apart. They've been saving up a lot of vitriol for the rampant deception and fake thuggery in the music industry: "Souls controlling robbery/Total lack of camaraderie," Lauryn spits derisively. She and Wyclef are primed for the action, while Pras is left limping a bit behind. In other words, same as it ever was.

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