The Fugees - "Killing Me Softly" (Roberta Flack cover)
As the song starts to play, The Fugees’ Lauryn Hill singing “Killing Me Softly” doesn’t sound too different from Roberta Flack’s original version. But as it reaches a little past the 30 second mark, it completely switches gears. The bassline and drums are the real game-changers here, with Wyclef's classic “One time!” obviously playing an essential role. Lauryn’s voice is equally as striking as Roberta’s, but the difference in tone deliver almost opposite messages. Roberta’s hushed tone makes the song seem more like a diary entry while the conviction in Lauryn’s voice makes it feel more like a warning.