Lauryn Hill broke through with multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning group the Fugees, but with her 1998 single debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the singer, songwriter, rapper, and maker established herself like a creative force on her behalf own. She effectively integrated rap, spirit, and reggae right into a singular audio. Eclectic, uplifting, and empowering, the recording was frequently cited by more youthful artists like a touchstone. After its achievement, Hill was something of the enigma, her documented output limited by a live arranged, scattered compilation looks, and a small number of collaborations. Disenchantment using the entertainment market, along with legalities and erratic shows, did not reduce the effect of her ’90s function. Elevated in South Orange, NJ, Hill spent her youngsters hearing her parents’ multi-genre, multi-generational record collection. She started singing young and snagged small roles on tv (Because the Globe Transforms) and in film (Sister Work II: Back the Habit). Her on-again/off-again account within the Fugees started at age 13, but was frequently interrupted by both performing gigs and her enrollment at Columbia College or university. After creating a following within the tri-state region, the group’s initial discharge — the much-hyped but unequal 1994 record Blunted on Actuality — bombed, and nearly caused a break up. But with the multi-platinum 1996 discharge The Rating, the Fugees became perhaps one of the most prominent rap works on the effectiveness of strike singles “Getting rid of Me Softly,” “Prepared or Not really,” and “No Girl, No Cry.” Hill implemented it in August 1998 using the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, her initial solo release. Aside from a cover of “Can’t Consider My Eye Off You,” popularized by Frankie Valli, each tune was either created or co-written by Hill. She was also acknowledged with the agreement and creation of the complete record, that was steeped in her old-school history, both musically (the Motown-esque singalong of “Doo Wop [That Thing]”) and lyrically (the nostalgic “Every Ghetto, Every Town”). As Miseducation started an extended reign for the graphs through a lot of the fall and wintertime of 1998, Hill became a nationwide mass media icon, as journals ranging from Time and energy to Esquire to Teenager People vied to place her for the cover. By the finish of the entire year, as the record topped best-of lists, she had been credited on her behalf component in assimilating hip-hop in to the mainstream. The momentum culminated on the Feb 1999 Grammy Honours, where Hill took house five trophies from her 11 nominations, including Recording of the entire year, Best New Designer, Best Feminine R&B Vocal Overall performance, Best R&B Track, and Greatest R&B Recording — probably the most ever for a female. Soon after, she released an extremely praised nationwide tour with Atlanta rappers OutKast. Hill continuing shaping her single profession, though it strike some significant snags. She confronted a lawsuit from music artists who claimed these were refused full credit for his or her focus on Miseducation — a matter which was ultimately settled from courtroom. After some film tasks dropped through, she retreated through the music picture as she elevated her family members and partly attributed her hiatus to feeling as well affected. The double-disc MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 made an appearance in-may 2002 and documented a organic, deeply personal efficiency. It debuted at number 3 but quickly slid from the Billboard 200. Through the next many years, her recordings and shows had been infrequent and erratic, highlighted by way of a Fugees reunion for Dave Chappelle’s Stop Party. In 2013, she spent nearly 90 days in jail for taxes evasion but was more vigorous after her launch. The following 12 months, the English-language edition from the Swedish documentary Regarding Violence premiered with Hill as its narrator. She professional produced and documented six tunes for the 2015 launch Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, including interpretations of “Sense Great” and “Dark May be the Color of My Accurate Love’s Locks.”
Full Name Lauryn Hill
Height 1.61 m
Profession Actor, Model, Rapper, Music Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Singer-songwriter, Music artist
Education Columbia High School, Columbia University
Children Selah Louise Marley, Sarah Marley, Micah Hill, John Nesta Marley, Joshua Omaru Marley, Zion David Marley
Awards Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best Album of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album, NAACP Image Award – President's Award, Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album – Female, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Sammy Davis, Jr. – Entertainer of the Year (Female), Danish Music Award for Foreign Newcomer of the Year
Music Groups Fugees
Music Songs Doo Wop, Ready Or Not, Killing Me Softly with His Song, Ex-Factor, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Everything Is Everything, Nothing Even Matters, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, Lost Ones, Fu-Gee-La, To Zion, Tell Him, Turn Your Lights Down Low, I Used to Love Him, When It Hurts So Bad, I Gotta Find Peace of Mind, Forgive Them Father, Final Hour, Mystery of Iniquity, Mr. Intentional, I Find It Hard to Say, Every Ghetto, Every City, Neurotic Society, Feeling Good, I Get Out, Just Like Water, So Much Things to Say, Adam Lives in Theory, The Sweetest Thing, Oh Jerusalem, Nappy Heads, Just Want You Around
Albums The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, The Best of Lauryn Hill, Volume 1: Fire, Ms. Hill, Doo Wop, Ultimate Collection
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Female, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video, MTV Europe Music Award for Best R&B, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Album, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song - Traditional, Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist, MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist, MuchMusic Video Award for Peoples Choice: Favourite International Artist, Billboard Music Award for Female Album Artist of the Year, Billboard Music Award for R&B/Hip-Hop Album Artist of the Year, Danish Grammy Award for Foreign Female Singer of the Year
Movies Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Concerning Violence, Hav Plenty, Restaurant, King of the Hill, When We Were Kings, Santana: Supernatural Live, Man in Wood, Hip Hop Uncensored: Vol. 2: The Real Hip-Hop, One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute, Lauryn Hill: MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, Soul Divas
May 6, 2013 - Convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to three months in prison.
She had a son on July 23, 2011. The name of the baby and the name of the baby's father has not been revealed.
Ranked #22 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Ranked #17 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists along with The Fugees.
Her former long-term partner Rohan is the son of Bob Marley and Janet Dunn-Hunt.
Graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, which also produced actors Roy Scheider (Jaws), Elizabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Andrew Shue (Melrose Place), Zach Braff (Scrubs), and musician Max Weinberg (the E Street Band and Late Night with Conan O'Brien).
Her second solo album, 'MTV Unplugged 2.0', an ambitious two-CD set released on May 7, 2002, was recorded live with just Hill on vocals and acoustic guitar. It contains all-new, original material, as well as in-between song banter, and was introduced as an installment of MTV2's 'Unplugged' series. Selling only 470,000 copies, it was a relative failure.
In the video for her 'Everything is Everything' in the restaurant sequence when she is sitting down she is wearing a yellow top with the word 'Selah' on it which is the name of her second born child Selah Louise.
Attended Columbia for a year.
Broke singer/songwriter Carole King's previous record of four Grammy awards in one night. [February 1999]
Has 5 children from her relationship with Rohan Marley: Zion David Marley (born August 3, 1997), Selah Louise Marley (born November 12, 1998), Joshua Omaru Marley (born January 26, 2002), John Nesta Marley (born 2003) and Sarah Marley (born 2008).
Strictly Come Dancing
TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
TV Series performer - 2 episodes
How to Be Single
performer: "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"
TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pitch Perfect 2
writer: "Doo Wop That Thing"
TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland
TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
My Mad Fat Diary
TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rap Critic Reviews
TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Todd's Pop Song Reviews
TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
performer: "Lose Myself" - as Ms. Lauryn Hill / producer: "Lose Myself" - as Ms. Lauryn Hill / writer: "Lose Myself" - as Ms. Lauryn Hill
Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special
MTV Video Music Awards 1999 (1999)
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I wouldn't even hold my kids sometimes because I didn't want them to spit up on me when I was dressed for an awards show.
I have a couple of all-time favorites: Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
I'm trying to open up my range and really sing more. With The Fugees initially, and even with 'Miseducation,' it was very hip-hop - always a singing over beats. I don't think people have really heard me sing out. So if I do record again, perhaps it will have an expanded context. Where people can hear a bit more.
Let optimists rule the world.
From the first time someone says, Who do you think you are? we learn how to repress.
Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities.
With The Fugees initially, and even with 'Miseducation', it was very hip-hop - always a singing over beats. I don't think people have really heard me sing out. So if I do record again, perhaps it will have an expanded context. Where people can hear a bit more.
The danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution.
When I have a creative insight, there is a high. I think back in the day, I made music as much as I did because it made me feel so good. I think you could argue that there is a creative addiction - but, you know, the healthy kind.
Being young and female in America, you watch a lot of T.V., and you grow up on false images of what love truly is. We think the man with the best rap will protect and save us, about it's not usually that way. Then you learn love is something deeper and purer in form.
As musicians and artists, it's important we have an environment - and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the industry, that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society.
I don't need anybody to market or promote me. If people don't want to hear this music, then it's not for them. You cannot please everybody.
Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.
When you're young and everything dramatic is exciting, you start to believe that hype that, in order to be an artist, you have to suffer. I've graduated from that school.
I got into direct confrontation with everybody I love.
Nobody's going to force me to do something against my will. What do I owe anybody that I should submit my will to them?
I tried to manipulate and control people, and I harbored resentment. I wanted to be forgiven, but I wouldn't forgive others.
We call ourselves creators and we just copy.
To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.
We don't want people to have expectations of us, but then we have expectations of everybody else.
We have to make sure the music and the message and the words and all the elements come through in our songs and every time we appear in public.
I think what people are attracted to about me, if anything, is my passion. People got exposed to my passion through music and song first.
This life is a process of learning.
I need to be surrounded by people as passionate and as dedicated as I am.
Hip-Hop isn't just music, it is also a spiritual movement of the blacks! You can't just call Hip-Hop a trend!
Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us.
People need to understand that the Lauryn Hill they were exposed to in the beginning was all that was allowed in that arena at the time. I had to step away for the sake of the machine. I was being way too compromised. I felt uncomfortable having to smile in someone's face when I really didn't like them or know them well enough to like.
What was freely given to me, I freely give.
I believe God will make a way.
You don't know how much artists go through to make it look so easy. It's all in the practice.
I never did anything I'm really ashamed of.
The less I have, the freer I am to do whatever I want to do.
Real religion is no religion at all.
For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.
I do support artists standing by their beliefs and walking with integrity. We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music while giving artists their proper respect. This cannot be done while taking their contributions for granted or trying to control the scope of their growth and power through threats and fear tactics.
I don't know anybody that's not emotionally unstable or schizophrenic.
When I was working, and when I was making substantial amounts of money, I always filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped, when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.
That strong mother doesn't tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.
We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it.
Reality is easy. It's deception that's the hard work.
Be honest, brutally honest. That is what's going to maintain relationships.
I had to confront my fears and master my every demonic thought about inferiority, insecurity, or the fear of being black, young, and gifted in this Western culture.