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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 Michél. 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.|
After his cameo debut in the 1999 film, Mystery Men, Pras gained an interest in Hollywood. In 2000, Pras starred in the New Line film, Turn It Up. In early 2002, he appeared in the Sony and Urban World release Higher Ed, and Go for Broke in which he starred and produced. He also co-starred in three 20th Century Fox films in 2007. These included The Mutant Chronicles.
In 2006, Pras created Skid Row, Los Angeles, 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 reality of homelessness. The film was produced by Teryn Fogel. Skid Row was released on August 24, 2007 to widespread critical acclaim.
In 2009, Pras travelled to Somalia to film a documentary entitled Paper Dreams to highlight piracy off the African coast. During filming pirates invaded the ship he was on, the MV Maersk Alabama and took the Captain of the ship hostage. Due to be released in 2014, the documentary remains unfinished due to a legal dispute.
In 2015, Pras completed a documentary entitled Sweet Micky For President. The documentary chronicled the rise of Haitian musician Michel Martelly, through his election to fight corruption as President of Haiti, an election campaign that was strongly endorsed by Pras. The film had its World premiere at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival.
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