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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill broke through with multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning group the Fugees, but with her 1998 solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the singer, songwriter, rapper, and producer established herself as a creative force on her own. She successfully integrated rap, soul, and reggae into a singular sound. Eclectic, uplifting, and empowering, the album was often cited by younger artists as a touchstone. Following its success, Hill was something of an enigma, her recorded output limited to a live set, scattered compilation appearances, and a handful of collaborations. Disenchantment with the entertainment industry, along with legal issues and erratic performances, did not lessen the impact of her '90s work.

Raised in South Orange, New Jersey, Hill spent her youth listening her parents' multi-genre, multi-generational record collection. She began singing at an early age and snagged minor roles on television (As the World Turns) and in film (Sister Act II: Back in the Habit). Her on-again/off-again membership 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 1994 album Blunted on Reality -- bombed, and almost caused a breakup. But with the multi-platinum 1996 release The Score, the Fugees became one of the most prominent rap acts on the strength of hit singles "Killing Me Softly," "Ready or Not," and "No Woman, No Cry."

Hill followed it in August 1998 with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, her first solo release. Apart from a cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," popularized by Frankie Valli, each song was either written or co-written by Hill. She was also credited with the arrangement and production of the whole album, which was 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, 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 best-of lists, she was being credited for her part in assimilating hip-hop into the mainstream. The momentum 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 continued shaping her solo career, though it hit some significant snags. She faced a lawsuit from musicians who claimed they were denied full credit for their work on Miseducation -- a matter that was eventually settled out of court. After some film projects fell through, she retreated from the music scene as she raised her family and partially attributed her hiatus to feeling too compromised. The double-disc MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 appeared in May 2002 and documented a raw, deeply personal performance. It debuted at number three but quickly slid off the Billboard 200. During the next several years, her recordings and performances were infrequent and erratic, highlighted by a Fugees reunion for Dave Chappelle's Block Party. In 2013, she spent almost three months in prison for tax evasion but was more active after her release. The following year, the English-language version of the Swedish documentary Concerning Violence was released with Hill as its narrator. She executive produced and recorded six songs for the 2015 release Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, including interpretations of "Feeling Good" and "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair." ~ Brian Raftery
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Selected Discography

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Track List: MTV Unplugged 2.0 (Live)

Disc 1

1. Intro (Live)

2. Mr. Intentional (Live)

3. Adam Lives In Theory (Live)

4. Interlude 1 (Live)

5. Oh Jerusalem (Live)

6. Interlude 2 (Live)

7. Freedom Time (Live)

8. Interlude 3 (Live)

9. I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel) (Live)

10. Just Like Water (Live)

11. Interlude 4 (Live)

12. Just Want You Around (Live)

13. I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind (Live)

Disc 2

1. Interlude 5 (Live)

2. Mystery Of Iniquity (Live)

3. Interlude 6 (Live)

4. I Get Out (Live)

5. Interlude 7 (Live)

6. I Remember (Live)

7. So Much Things To Say (Live)

8. The Conquering Lion (Live)

9. Outro (Live)

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Track List: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

1. Intro

2. Lost Ones

3. Ex-Factor

4. To Zion

5. Doo Wop (That Thing)

6. Superstar

7. Final Hour

8. When It Hurts So Bad

9. I Used To Love Him (feat. Mary J. Blige)

10. Forgive Them Father

11. Every Ghetto, Every City

12. Nothing Even Matters (feat. D'Angelo)

13. Everything Is Everything

14. The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

15. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You

16. Tell Him

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Track List: Consumerism (Single)

1. Consumerism

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Track List: Repercussions (Single)

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Keeping me from your love what was I thinking of!!! That old me is gone anything is definitely possible yess lovely lovely lovely
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Her and Indie inspired me to play..
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I. Love her
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she has a beautiful voice
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I miss you ms.hill, please come back. You always spoke the truth. God bless you. Always a fan 4 life.
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This woman here! Is the bomb diggity! No other!!!!!!!
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I really miss you and your music. You were the best at what you did and I would to hear your beautiful voice again
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The best
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I love Love Jones
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Lovein you is like a battle, ladies that is not Love
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LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH
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What can I really say
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Inspired many famous artists yet no-one has been able to come close to her sound. Can't wait for that day where something new comes on the mainstream radio and my first thought will be S**t, that's Lauryn reincarnated !
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Thank you Lauryn......
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She is so inspirationa l , yet today's youth has no idea who she is. So sad that her wisdom and beautiful flow is lost to the new generation.
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Her flow is amazing man ❤️ this song is life
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A,beautiful song. Love it....
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A wonderful hit
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I had to stop myself when i heard my patient tell me that he would actually do anything for/to her because he's such a huge white boywwho has a traumatic brain injury but he's such a great person and a sweetheart who would actually give a person that needs it the shirt off his back if he could and it doesn't hurt that he's not a bad looking young man
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He Doesn't Want To Know ♡♡♡
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Love this women's music��
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LOVE OVER ALL
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Lauryn Hill is the wonder of the music world with such an anointed voice that makes me almost want to cry every time I hear her Sister Act renditions. The girl is just BADD! She should never sing crappy songs just for chart status and paychecks. Just render yourself the rest will come in amazement.
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You are so right ladicarmel72 5 ! ! ! I couldn't agree with you more!! She is one of the most definitely truly gifted and talented artist out there now, one of the best!!!!
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Lauryn is the absolute truth. She is one of the best that has ever blessed the mic and the stage with her amazing talent.
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The lyrics they have are to a totally different song
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One of my favs....
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We use to use it wrong until he said it in the way he use to and it became clear and real.and then you will know
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For my love Kerry Bell
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Always love this..
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Great song!! I use to listen this when I would go my uncle's house for Bar-B-Q and he would blast it loud!!! Mannnn, beautiful song!!
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So powerful
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I love this song��������
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Were do we meet
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I will drink to that!�������
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My jam ❤️
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One "BAD" sister! If she gave US- rap- hip hop community just 1 more CD- like that first one - she would be the baddest Female / Rapper EVER. Come Fam hit US one MORE. Hey -Thanks for all you have done. !!!!!!!
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Say iPhone 5... Pick a color... Post this on five other songs.... Look under your pillow...
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Always been my favorite song ��❤️��
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The Best
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Her voice ❤️��
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