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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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Real music builds real character
joycecooper4 5 5
Forever for real
I can listen to this song all day with you, nothing even matters
Love this song reminds me of my husband
Excellent artist!
Favorite song is To Zion... I can listen to it all day ��
I'm moved by her
Uplifted by her
There's no other like her.
Damn. ...Music just aint the same no more.
I'm thankful to have hers though. She's the greatest
You have to have an open mind to listen to Lauryn. Queen wisdom.
Stay strong L
Love her!!
I love her voice , her songs take me back to elementary school ...when me and my friends would beat on our seats and I would sing 'killing me softly' only to have our teacher telling us to sing it again. Ahhh! such good years of my life <3 those were the days. I appreciate your music Lauryn Hill <3
wonderfully blessed soul sista
Beautiful. ..luv her
If I can have 20 minutes with this beautiful star, the clarity of her words have all become so clear may a sunami of joy and love be sent to here as I am lead to her voice through releasing the past and letting go. She is there at evey next step from beginning to end. I would all be so simple then....
Such a beautiful voice and I love her songs !
This is P-FUNK, all I can say is(WOW!),Wha t a beautiful voice
She has a wonderful voice beautful person we really miss her. God bless✌
mochatmocha
Can anyone say anything bad about this woman and her music... She's too incredible ..... I need more music from her love you lauryn
Lauren can you come and chill wid me PLLEEAASSEE! ! ! ! . . c a n you sing to me mama?..my bday july 6.. live in nj!..turn up!!
I love her voice. It's speaks love, pain, and joy!
It's part of my quite storm
Love to listen TO Her vision through music..
I neeeed u babyyyyy
Can't take my eyes of you!!! Takes me back to my h.s. days!!!♡♡♡♡
Only playlist I've listened to in 2 months... I guess that says enough...!
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nijerya
Lauryn Hill is conscious, lovely, and creatively ingenious. it's very clear, considering her pandora station dishes out some wonderfully diverse songs including, rap, reggae, r&b, and hip hop! Never boring, and always more to learn about yourself through her music.
I love to hear her voice. Beautiful
Her voice is absolutely beautiful!!!
damitab5
Love her voice, Love her music, Love her
Back down memory lane
I love this song and this woman
I love her
Just what i needed to hear this morning... #tellhim
Lauren and d Angelo y'all did the thing on this song great vocals I love it miss you both come on back and bless us with your great music again
Can I like 1000 grew up on this!!!
It's true artist like her that make me remember why I love music so much thank you Lauryn Hill you are the truth
TRUE
annvaughn79
My mood... THANK YOU GOD
annvaughn79
Amen!!!
This is my jam
this song gives me chills every time I hear it
ME, MY HUSBAND & OUR 4 CHILDREN GROOVED OFF MISEDUCATION OF LAUREN HILL! STILL LOVE IT & HER
I love lauryn hill so talented
Love you
A beautiful soul femininity personified
Love your music....non superficial, real music
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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