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Lauryn Hill

Call Lauryn Hill the mother of hip-hop invention; with her 1998 solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the Fugees' most vocal member not only established herself as creative force on her own, but also broke new ground by successfully integrating rap, soul, reggae, and R&B into her own sound.

Raised in South Orange, NJ, Hill spent her youth listening her parents' multi-genre, multi-generational record collection. She began singing at an early age, and was soon snagging minor roles on television (As the World Turns) and in film (Sister Act II: Back in the Habit). Her on-again, off-again stint in the Fugees began at the age of 13, but was often interrupted by both the acting gigs and her enrollment at Columbia University. After developing a following in the tri-state area, the group's first release -- the much-hyped but uneven Blunted on Reality -- bombed, almost causing a breakup. But with the multi-platinum The Score, the Fugees (and especially the camera-friendly Hill) achieved international success, though some pundits took shots at their penchant for cover songs.

That criticism made Miseducation even more of a surprise. Hill wrote, arranged, or produced just about every track on the album, which is steeped in her old-school background, both musically (the Motown-esque singalong of "Doo Wop (That Thing)") and lyrically (the nostalgic "Every Ghetto, Every City"). As Miseducation began a long reign on the charts through most of the fall and winter of 1998 -- initially thanks to heavy buzz and overwhelming radio support for "Doo Wop (That Thing)" -- Hill became a national media icon, as magazines ranging from Time to Esquire to Teen People vied to put her on the cover. By the end of the year, as the album topped virtually every major music critic's best-of list, she was being credited for helping fully assimilate hip-hop into mainstream music. (Such an analysis, however, is lightweight at best: Hip-hop had been a huge force on the sales and radio fronts for most of the decade, and rappers Jay-Z, DMX, and Outkast had dropped similarly lauded LPs prior to or just after Miseducation's release, adding to the genre's dominant sales for the year). The momentum finally culminated at the February 1999 Grammy awards, during which Hill took home five trophies from her 11 nominations, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album; the most ever for a woman. Shortly after, she launched a highly praised national tour with Atlanta rappers Outkast.

Hill also faced a lawsuit from two musicians who claim they were denied full credit for their work on the album. In an interesting twist, Hill's album proved to be such a commercial and critical success that it shed doubt on the Fugees' future. Their in-fighting became common knowledge, and matters were complicated when many fans interpreted Miseducation's various anti-stardom rants as a public dissing of co-Fugee Wyclef Jean.

She did continue shaping her solo career. The double-disc MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 appeared in spring 2002, showcasing a deeply personal performance from Hill. ~ Brian Raftery, Rovi
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I love lauryn hill so talented
Love you
A beautiful soul femininity personified
Love your music....non superficial, real music
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Love Jones over you G.
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Love this movie's too much like us LOVE. Jones.G,BABY
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You the person i fell in love with. i know it seems like don't love and sorry ,out still grind try make it but know i come to every night. G,baby
Still killing me softly
Yassssss to lauryn hill and all the soulful artists out there always giving good music!
db_rollin64
Had she ONLY followed her OWN advice, her mental state, life, and career would have been more stable!! Yeah she gave up ALL her power to him! :( #cutehealthy k i d s t h o u g h
Remember.... . . . . w e are no less,...noma t i c . . . . . . t h a n a brother, or sister homeless. Within temporary
living,circu m s t a n c e s . IT IS ONLY. BY
G-R-A-C-E!!! ! ! ! ! !
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You are cool
I Love you...!
#@WorkVibin. . . .
contol222
She should do a tour here in America and save the children
mikedearmas1
That thing is real
Best & Favorite female artist of all time!!
,I like you
Super-Soul Sister...
Lauryn has paid the cost to be the boss..Song on My Sister..Cont i n u e to keep GOD at your front & back...
Ok
Hey
Doo wop is so true! You can change! Have standards and don't worry what people say. Don't give it up too fast. Respect yourself and dress sexy not cheap. Let their imagination run wild. You will be so happy!
Yeah, it's crazy. Sometimes life is trying to tell us something. Held on long enough. I won't be forgiven that much. Wow, I'm ok. Maybe people think you'll wait or plead your case forever. I just loved You. I think I've given up on you. But you've already given up on me. I'm sorry for us but we will be ok.
REAL MUSIC! UNCOMPLICATE D PURE BLISS WHEN YOU HEAR HER MELLOW TONES!
xoxo831luv
Why does it have to even hurt? Wtf universe! Thank you Allah, I'm moving forward!
shippy29
YOU TALKIN TO ME WILLIS
She's the TRUTH
BETTER THAN ADORING.
ONE ANOTHER.
CAN WE JUST EXEMPLIFY.
WHAT MAKES EACH INDIVIDUAL.
SPECIAL.
THEN MAKES.
THE SPECAILTY. UNIQUE.
AS CREATED BY UN-KNOWN???? ? ? ?
90S......L.A (213)....... . .
L Boogie is amazing! Her voice one of a kind!
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Your music touches my soul in ways you wouldn't believe. Thank you! You are the truth.
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I believe anything going to alright.����
Now this is music
This is the s**t
Damn auto correct has me looking like i can't spell!!!!!!
This was the BEST COLLABORATIO N EVER
#LoveYouBoth My 2 favorite artist PERIOD!!!!! Sign me i won't disappointme n t EITHER of you.
She is a musical phenomenon. True she has demons but don't we all. She used her god given talent, her life pain and unique story telling ability.
Female Anthony Hamilton
She is the truth, and even in truth there is pain and it comes across in her music with an angelic spiritual relief.God bless her and her children
Just beautiful! Listen to the meaning behind her word
Lauryn hill has some of the best songs
Just put Colbie Calliet's version to shame
sprice1301
is it me or did j.cole did a song sorta like this one
Miseducation of lauryn hill the best album ever I remember jamming to this album w my mom back in the days lol good times '98.<3
One of the BeSt hip hop albums ever made! !!! True talent!!!
Best Album ever!! Expressing Love Life & Faith
but I love her so since she is a female she is right next to him
she is the best
after Michael jackson
davis.ld08
The realest s**t I ever heard!! I love this song!!
I love you girl your a rap slash songstress keep it going fu/,G
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