Pras is the stage name of Samuel Prakazrel Michel (born October 19, 1972), an American rapper. Born in Haïti, Pras was a member of the popular hip hop group The Fugees.
His debut solo effort, Ghetto Supastar, was released in the autumn 1998, following solo releases of his bandmates Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. Released on Ruffhouse Records, the album’s title track “Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)” featured vocals by Mya and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. His newest album, Win Lose or Draw, was released in 2005 and featured the single, “Haven’t Found”.
Also in 2005, Pras, Wyclef Jean, and Lauryn Hill announced that the reunification of the Fugees to release the album Take it Easy, to be released in 2006. The album’s first single, also titled “Take it Easy”, has already been released and is also featured in Verizon Wireless V Cast commercials.
In 1994, before and during the time that The Fugees were recording their first album Blunted on Reality, under the supervision of Ronald Khalis Bell, Pras attended Rutgers College and Yale University, pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Psychology. In 1996, The Fugees achieved historic crossover success with The Score, which went multi-platinum. Pras has also forged a successful solo career, beginning with an international hit single from his first full-length solo LP, "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)", featuring Mýa and Ol' Dirty Bastard. "Ghetto Superstar" became a top ten single in 1999, and the eighth most played single; it was received with critical acclaim and earned Pras a performance at the World Music Awards. The hit single was included in the soundtrack for the film Bulworth. "Ghetto Supastar" spent eight weeks in the UK Top 5, peaking at No. 2 in July 1998, and reached US No. 15 a month later. "Blue Angels", from the same album, was a UK Top 10 hit, reaching No. 6 in November. Pras also featured on the track "Turn You On" by Swedish artist DeDe which was released in 2007. "Turn You On" was also written and produced by Pras Michel. After nine weeks on Sweden's single chart, it peaked at No. 2. He also featured "Pushin'" from the album Equalize by Swami, which was released in 2007.
Prakazrel Samuel Michel, known as Pras, (born October 19, 1972)
When he was fifteen, Pras met Lauryn Hill. In 1988, Pras introduced Lauryn to his "cousin", Wyclef Jean, and subsequently formed a musical group called the Tranzlator Crew. The group soon changed its name to The Fugees, as a tribute to the many Haitian refugees desperately crossing the ocean to the United States.
Pras attended Rutgers College and Yale University, pursuing a double major in philosophy and psychology
In 2006, Pras created "Skid Row", a documentary account of his nine-day experience posing as a homeless person living in downtown Los Angeles. Using a hidden camera, Pras captured the devastating reality of homelessness. Skid Row was released in 24 August 2007.
The experience of living on the street inspired Pras to launch prAsperity project in May 2007. prAsperity project is a non-profit organization that jump-starts awareness and solutions for intractable problems affecting the human condition. The organization takes on humanity "projects" as distinct crusades that need attention, working on behalf of established community groups to inject energy and progress towards issues ranging from homelessness to social injustice.
In 2008, Pras launched a new media marketing company called Platinum Brand, a global provider of internet video solutions and services. He publishes and distributes a weekly video blog available on the site.
Man, man look up at the sky
All the stars man, the stars look beautiful tonight
Look at em!
Ghetto superstar, that is what you are
Comin' from afar, reachin' for the stars
Run away with me, to another place
We can rely on each other, uh-huh
From one corner to another, uh-huh
Uh, yeah, yo, yo
Some got hopes and dreams, we got, ways and means
The supreme dream team, always up with the schemes
From hubcaps to sellin' raps, name your theme
My rise to the top, floatin' on this cream
Who the hell wanna stop me, I hated those who doubt me
A million refugees with unlimited warranties
Black Caesar, dating top divas
Diplomatic legalese, no time for a Visa
and just because, I'ma shoot them one by one
Got five sides to me, somethin' like a pentagon
Strike with the forces of King Solomon
Lettin' bygones be bygones and so on and so on
I'ma teach this cat, how to live in the ghetto
Keepin' it retro-spective from the get-go
Lay low, let my mind shine like a halo
P-Politic with ghetto senators on the deelow
One two, and you don't stop, yo
My eyes are sore, bein' a senator
Behind closed doors hittin' truth to the seafloor
The rich go north ignore, the tug of war
While the kids are poor, open new and better drug stores
So, I became hardcore, couldn't take it no more
I'ma reveal EVERYTHING, change the law
I find myself, walkin' the streets
Tryin' to find what's really goin' on in the streets
Yea, yo, yo, yo
Now every dog got his day, needless to say
When the chief away, that's when them cats want to play
I told you, mess around with fools like Cassius Clay
Stretch my heater make you do a pas de bourree
Kick your balls like Pele, pick em doin' ballet
Peak like Dante, broader than Broadway
Get applause like a matador, cry yellin' !Ole!
Who the hell wanna' save me, from B.K., to Cali
Just when you thought it was safe in a common place
Showcase your finest is losin' fast in the horse race
Two faced, gettin' defaced, out like Scarface
Throw your roll money, let me put on my screwface
Well I'm paranoid at the things I said
Wonderin' what's the penalty from day to day, I'm hangin' out
Partyin' with girls that never die, you see I was
Pickin' on the small fries, my campaign tellin' lies
Was just spreadin' my love, didn't know my love
Was the one holdin' the gun and the glove
But it's all good as long as it's understood
It's all together now, in the hooooooooooooooooooooooooooood
Uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh
All stars, yeah yeah yeah
Sing it baby, sing it babyeeeeeeeeeeeeee
To another, aheoehahahahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Yeahhhh, heeee, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh