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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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This is a Classic�� ❤ It!!!
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diane99.dg
Hg. Im T2
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neejiah
When this album came out i was a struggling sexually abused teen who needed guidance now I'm a damaged adult who's heart cries out for more of this creatures music she starves us Why??
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diane99.dg
Hg im 12
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We are for ever Rocky love you.
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stevene.hick s 2 1
U my mommy friend age
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Best album ever hands down!!!
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Wanya from Boyz to Men and Hill should make some songs together.
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say ur name
Pick a day of the week
Post this on 15 different songs and
ur crush will ask u out on that day
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The Miseducation is easily one of the greatest albums ever produced, of all genres. Her lyrics and subject matter are heart wrenching and honest. The listener cannot help bu be completely consumed by this woman's talent, passion and (unfortunate l y ) pain. This is one album I lend to others when they're looking for clarity in tough situations. THIS ALBUM WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
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doramag
I have always love(d) her songs -- her singing touches my heart, she takes me to another place -- I have bought the Miseducation CD several times -- full price -- it keeps disappearing .
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Reminiscing ahhhh...
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Love her so much☺
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Very much liked
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Classic Lauryn
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Earth.
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Snapchat koolgsnaps
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She's the truth
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She the truth
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I love this lady she is a true inspiration
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Simply.... The Best!
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Beautiful
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Beautiful.
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mochasunflow e r
truly gifted!! blessed to experience such a blessing!!!
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Lauryn Hill is my blood sister
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Zion
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Iam so sorry that man



destroy your soul
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It's sad that we can't listen to all her music on Pandora what is going on? We give you a start.
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cinddieflore s 2 1
I love her! But seeing her live is not good! Waste of money, shows up late. Rather just listen to her on her CD
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I love her soul , like Angie Stone , both artist are so real . Lauryn Hill tell it like it REALLY IS , no doubt !! I love the fact she does her part in educating the people on various subjects that we can all relate to, word!!
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Real music builds real character
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joycecooper4 5 5
Forever for real
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I can listen to this song all day with you, nothing even matters
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Love this song reminds me of my husband
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Excellent artist!
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Favorite song is To Zion... I can listen to it all day ��
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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
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You have to have an open mind to listen to Lauryn. Queen wisdom.
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Stay strong L
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Love her!!
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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
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wonderfully blessed soul sista
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Beautiful. ..luv her
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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....
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Such a beautiful voice and I love her songs !
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This is P-FUNK, all I can say is(WOW!),Wha t a beautiful voice
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She has a wonderful voice beautful person we really miss her. God bless✌
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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
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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!!
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I love her voice. It's speaks love, pain, and joy!
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