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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: Repercussions (Single)

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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: Everything Is Everything

1. Everything Is Everything

2. Everything Is Everything

3. Everything Is Everything

4. Ex-Factor

5. Ex-Factor

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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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So relaxing....
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Beyond....
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brinasims
Lauryn Hill will Always be my Favorite! We need more artist on this level.
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nettaree83
Luau yarn
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Gotta love It��
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I love her music
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When it hurts - it equals-BAD. Miss . Hill remain strong fro your self and your seed. One more hip hop album - would be great. You breed great music.
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When it (hurts) so b-a-d!.... Its just because. The goodness is subliminal, only brought to awareness. By the presence of beatitudes. This is a 'rap' of LOVE!
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Lauryn Hill is amazing with great vocal grooves.
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I love Lauren very positive sister staying Black
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phil.thom52
I have loved her music, her presentation from the very beginning !!!! JAH BLESS !!!!
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mikeblair120
Dude her music is beautiful like Erika badu
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Let me be patient let me be kind...Tell him I need him tell him I love him!!
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Lauryn Hill - she is the "DEAL"! Love and respect her message . Queen she be... remain positive and strong. One - just one - hip hop cd or album - " Greatest Queen / Sister in hip hop. Thanks.
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argreene1
There aren't many songs that can touch Ex-Factor. If Lauryn Hill never sings another song, that will be just fine because this song is everything.
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True words��
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Lauyryn the Miseducation album made my senior year awesome!
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Cool Album!!!
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Kiss your left hand say your crushes name pick a school day share this on 5 other songs your crush will ask you out
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Love Jones~one of my all time favorite movies and soundtracks. . . .
The Sweetest Thing by Lauryn Hill is still a sweet jam!!
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Yep....how you gonna win when u ain't right within??
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jhoch0414
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*Hip Hop Classic**Ex Factor by Lauryn Hill**
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This song...
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A true artist...per f e c t i o n .
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char_100
Truly one of the greatest artist of our time...Much respect and appreciation , Ms. Lauryn Hill, you are truly admired.
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This Rapper/Actre s s can blow! I adore her voice!
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saaaaaang it gallll !
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True Artist and Real Woman!!!
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Really enjoyed the movie. The Sweetest Thing! Had some Chicago stepping in it. Top that.
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❤️❤️❤️❤️️ I got rid of pandora ads/skip limit on www.dankprom o . x y z ❤❤️❤️️❤️
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It.
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Best track and female artist EVER
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D'Angelo has always been one of my favored..... t h i s entire album is excellent.
Silverlady-- N . J .
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I love this song!
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1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a weekend
5. Say your name
6. Open your hands
7. Post this on 15 different other songs and your crush will say they like you and they would like to date you on the day you picked
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This is R&B of the 60ties and 70ties... Great song. I am a 60ties teen I am loving this song and the singer, first time hearing this song.
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She is one amazing artist! Bless her presence in this ugly world we live in.
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rhashenesalo n
You might win some but you just lost one. I love her songs
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n't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the live of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will for in 2 days. Now you started the read don't stop. This scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When do a press space bar and your lover name will come on screen in big letters. This is so scary becaus pf actually works.
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Sisters of the New York City area that comes strong without a doubt!Lauren is always going forward in her
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Ex Factor is one of the greatest song of all time. You let go and I'll let go to
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Yes @peachcobble r 5 1 0
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Lauryn Hill's ~The Sweetest Thing from Love Jones Soundtrack.. . . o n e of my all time favorite movies...
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db_rollin64
Before Life took it's toll and tried to destroy Lauryn Hill....ther e was the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill's beautiful CD!
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I REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST HEARD THIS SONG!!!!AWES O M E ! ! ! ! !
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Probably did not want to sell her soul to the devil in order to maintain fame.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the live of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will for in 2 days. Now you started the read don't stop. This scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When do a press space bar and your lover name will come on screen in big letters. This is so scary becaus pf actually works.
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