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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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neejiah
Thanks for your insight Mrs. Hill you have been a stable influence in such trouble times I pray for a continuance in learning from you and your music being dark skinned has never felt so good thanks for the wake up call!
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I thank God 4 sharing u an ur gifts with the world. U cant jus sit on it, u got us jones
-ing to hear those gold nuggets lauryn. Have mercy an give us we we want
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Gail you can't do that know I have know water baby any let go see my mother tonight baby
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Tell Him...
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One more album please Lauryn.....e v e r y b o d y would listen
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I have never ever seen Lauryn Hil live, I would love to see her sing live Ex Factor, greatest song of all time
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OK Lauryn let's do this sweetest thing she's ever known love you Lauryn Hill!
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Beautiful voice parse the lord
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Lawd have muh-cy!!
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neejiah
How you going to win when you ain't right within! Perspective and forgiveness God please give to the confused!
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sexilexi0416
THE BEST ALBUM EVER
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missitprofes s i o n a l
OMG
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I miss Lauryn Hill
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You had me at Fugee Lauryn Hill #oneloveblac k l o v e
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Luv me some Lauryn Hill
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Love it, deeply!
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Now i going to switch tp other artists with the same beats but om this same after this okay enjoy it
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Say mermaid 5× then dont talk until you post this2 × then touch water
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Nothing even matters...Th i s song is EVERYTHANG!! ! brings me to tears!! so soulful!!!
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You let go ...... And I'll let go too
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Love you Lauryn you sing this song with all your heart, may God guidance be upon you always.
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Lauryn YOU'RE THE ABSOLUTE BEST !!!!!
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Lauryn YO'RE THE ABSOLUE BEST
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I have loved her and she tells it how it is and no one likes it because it is the truth
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Best album! Yes!!
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Best songs...Zion , Nothing even matters n that one song singing " no matter how i think we grow you always seem to let me know" yass ��
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Tell me who I have to be to gain some reciprocity
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I love lauryn hill .
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Lauryn Hill is one of the most phenomenal entertainers this planet has had occasion to listen to and enjoy. A voice like no other. Her style won't be copied; there's no one capable enough to dare it. This brittsheppar d 8 5 , has no idea as to what good music is about. Stick to what you're familiar with 85. I????? Your knowledge of music.
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I �� her music and especially this song.
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Her music makes so much since♥♥♥
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Everything is everything, one of my summer songs
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Fill us with a inner light to kill all plight of sadness,disp a r a t e , h a t e f u l . . . f i l l with us
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Ms Hill. I know its hard finding ur way in that musicworld. Who to trust, whoes out to dagger u. Then...there s the ILLUMINATI!! ! ! BUT U LISTEN, MS LAURYN, "if God be for U, WHO can be AGAINST You? Please little Lauryn, don't let the Devil win! We need more singers with Soul, soulfulness. Your music is Aretha Franklynized ! ! !
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Lauryn Hill, You will always be loved until you return, God keep you and bless you
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If she was to come back, she would crush hip hop. As far as women are concerned. #Jersey Legeng
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My boss used to love this song, along with myself, of course
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I miss Ms Lauryn, but I understand she really let us know exactly who she is ,THANK YOU, LOVE ,GOD KEEP YOU ALWAYS!!!
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Love her. Every since i first heard her I could relate to everything she was saying...
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Anything Is Possible
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Love it
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This song speak out loud about love & passion lifestyle . omg I'm 22 & I've loved this song from the first day �� I wish we had Lauryn hill in my generation
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Im just gonna get lost in a good memory for about 5 mins
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This album was every thing!!!!
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Love Lauren Hill.
Best lyrics ever.
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Love, love, love Lauryn !
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musicforlife 4 1 1
This track was simply, hands down, the best lyrical track I've heard from anyone. #ThankYou #TrueTalent
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Greatest vocalist
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#WatchOut... . S o Yea...."That T h i n g " . . . .
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This Track Here....FIRE . . . . ! So Yea! #L.Hill
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