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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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vanessaliria n o 2 6 8 8
Wonderful song...So inspiring... . R e l a t a b l e . . . . . I love u Lauryn HILL!!!
my favorite Lauryn Hill song , brings me chills
Still love miseducation
I love lauryn Hill she is so awesome. Her songs has enlightened me through so much rough times I love this girl.
Pls come back show them how its done from all your fans
Lorenz Tate!- You are still the Sweetest Thing!- I watch Rush!(Ha! Ha!)!- Dont look a day over 30!
Love love love her she's the truth unlike these new artist
Her words make love a reality...
She is such a major talent.
Flawless
Amen!!!
One of the best female artists to hit scene ...half these ladies today ...no skill just lyrics ..
Been Lovein your lyrics for the last 20 years, waiting for you to make a new album.
Still love her voice to this day
who is her guitarist. simple yet elegant
Ha
Souds like an angel should!
cranetattoo
Such an incredible vocal and rhythmic talent
i love everything miss lauryn hill does her voice it just takes you to a place of peace and something beautiful i hope she makes an another album and soon
mixedbeautif u l l y
For my twins, Zion and Israel. These lyrics hold a different meaning for me now. I love you both.
I Use To Love Him...love this song! I need to break out my Lauryn cd again
She sings the truth.
Ur a great inspiration to the world today love you
Awesome��
Wounderful love this song to this day still put u in good mood
Yes! I love my man and it'll be alright!
This song STILL moves me. L♡'ve Lauryn. Can't wait to see her perform live for the first time next week
Wow! The y lyrics if this jam are serious! Lauryn Hill is truth. I love Ex- Factor. Lauryn is one talented sister.
Amen
Thus very White tall green blonde loves this music lol yes it's me she's a good singer
L+h+h and h = queen and mother of h and h
kushina337
Love you L got so much soul and truth with every word you say
brittanyjame s 2 7 1 0 2
She is not nuts, she just don't mess with the industry anymore. She chose God.
Good songs but shes nuts
One of the most creative and critically acclaimed. CD's. A work of pure genius. Lauryn Hill is truth!
The best!!!!!
The sista...so unique... timeless
HEY LAURYN HILL MY DAUGHTER LOOOVES YOU AND HER NAME IS LAURYN TOO!!!!!!
I can't take my eyes off u sister lol
You just lost one
She has such a soulful voice......
Love this song
This is the bomb song: *
Not true
Hi
Going to see her Aug 9, in Jersey, can't wait!!
allenchanae
Love Your Intellect ! One Lion of Judah ! Thank Him ! Praise Him !
I LOVE IT
Girl u the best ever i love all your songs.
Absolutely love Lauryn Hill!!
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