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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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Man this song really is soulful, and it describes me alot! :D
Loved it!!
arielj120
Ahhh so refreshing.b e a u t i f u l . a l i v e . r e l a x i n g . s o u l f u l . r e a l
blue221960
Still popin
This song is so right
Beautiful!
Please stop the hype
Such a great album, true art.
kushina337
A true legend indeed
jlopez_25
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
I love this song.......F o l l o w meeee
So touching
Follo me tho
This song is too deep, I like the J cole cover too.
lovin the tunes...reme m b e r i n g the day
You let go and I let go to, no one hurt me more than you, powerfull still!
kpn199666
Don't read this cuz it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of ur life.However if u don't post this u will die in 2 days.Now u have start reading so don't stop.This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 mins.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.This is so scary becuz it actually works..
Very personal very powerful...l o v e it :-) true words...
If you all wanna see ms lauryn hill shell be at electric forest in Michigan
Lauryn Hill....wher e are you girl? I miss your voice in the music industry so much. Please come back to us soon with something new and inspiring.
Don't read this because it acually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it work
Don't read this because it actually works.you will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your love. Tommorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this on 5 songs you will die ths actually works.
SHE IS A BEAST! I MISS HER IN THE LIMELIGHT OF MUSIC.
I love Lauryn's voice
One off my favorite songs and albums of all time
INDIA ARIE is the worlds best singer ever
nicharris_44
I wish Lauren get it together cause she needs to come back......
peaches52291
Can I give 2 thumbs up? We need more music like this!
@ Eric C Breene jr. WHAT????? That's an i accurate statement bruh shame on you
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your love. Tomorrow wil be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this to at least 5 songs you Will die in 2 days. Now you started so dont stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name Will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cus it actually works
bring back the days
Memories back in the day love this jam.
She's a racist. What a damn shame!!
Love her some of my fave song are by her
She is the truth ! Miss her music.
Don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on. The screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
laurin hill touched me deeply with this album
mgutierrez55 9
I will always love this song!
I want this Lauryn Hill BACK.
What a great artist.
Love u and may god bless u
This music industry NEED YOU!! #Truth #Poet #HipHop #Message
its wayyy over due for a new album by Hill. Killing me softly = favorite song ever
Now the joy of my world Is in zion
Lauryn hill is by far the best that ever did it and she had a real message
I hardly leave comments. But Lauryn Hill, stands as the Best Combination of a superior Female vocalist and superior rapping skills put in the same package. THE BEST. PERIOD!
I'm listening to Lauren hill ! I love her music she is do real . Lol
wunn of my fav
mgutierrez55 9
After all these years, i still love this song!
Love You And Miss You Lauryn Hill Hope You'll Come Back Some Day And Sing Some Gospel Thank You Father Amen !!!!
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