Lauryn Hill Biography

Lauryn Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Raised in South Orange, New Jersey, Hill began singing with her music-oriented family during her childhood. She enjoyed success as an actress at an early age, appearing in a recurring role on the television soap opera As the World Turns and starring in the film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. In high school, Hill was approached by Pras Michel to start a band, which his cousin Wyclef Jean soon joined. They renamed themselves the Fugees and released two studio albums, Blunted on Reality (1994) and the Grammy Award-winning The Score (1996), which sold six million copies in the United States. In the latter record, Hill rose to prominence with her African-American and Caribbean music influences, her rapping and singing, and a rendition of the hit "Killing Me Softly". Hill's tumultuous romantic relationship with Jean led to the split of the band in 1997 to focus on solo projects.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) remains Hill's only solo studio album. It received massive critical acclaim, showcasing a representation of life and relationships and finding a contemporary feminist voice with the neo soul genre. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and has sold approximately eight million copies there. It included the singles "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (also a number one), "Ex-Factor", and "Everything Is Everything". At the 41st Grammy Awards, the record earned her five awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. She won numerous other awards and became a common sight on the cover of magazines.

Soon afterward, Hill dropped out of the public eye, suffering from the pressures of fame and dissatisfied with the music industry. Her last full-length recording, the new-material live album MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 (2001), sharply divided critics and was commercially unsuccessful. Hill's subsequent activity, which includes the release of a few songs and occasional festival appearances, has been sporadic and erratic. It has sometimes caused audience dissatisfaction; a reunion with her former group did not last long. Her music, as well as a series of public statements she has issued, have become critical of pop culture and societal institutions. Hill has six children, five of whom are with Rohan Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley. In 2012, she pled guilty to tax evasion for failure to pay federal income taxes, and in 2013, served a three-month prison sentence.

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Lauryn Hill News

Lauryn Hill to play dates in Manchester and Birmingham

Previously announced dates in London sold out in minutes

  • Jun 7, 2014

Lauryn Hill to play second date in London this September

Singer will perform two nights at 02 Brixton Academy after first night sells out

  • May 7, 2014

Lauryn Hill announces one-off O2 Academy Brixton date – Priority Ticket details

The one-off show is singer's sole UK date this year

  • Apr 29, 2014

Lauryn Hill denies reports of being reinvestigated for tax evasion

The singer served a three-month prison sentence at the end of last year

  • Mar 25, 2014

Lauryn Hill released from prison 'a few days early' for good behaviour

Singer will spend the next three months under house arrest

  • Oct 5, 2013

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Lauryn Hill Music Videos

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Motives & Thoughts by Ambient Anonymous & Lauryn Hill2

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Lauryn Hill Reviews

Lauryn Hill – 'Neurotic Society'

Lauryn Hill – 'Neurotic Society'

An unmastered jerky rant? Welcome back, Lauryn

  • May 20, 2013

Hill, Lauryn : MTV Unplugged No. 2.0

...a sparse and often gruelling listen...

  • Apr 30, 2002

London Wembley Arena

It would take longer than the show itself to list every gooseflesh-inducing moment, every bull's-eye [B]Lauryn[/B] hits tonight...

  • May 10, 1999

The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

Forget your prejudices one-time, two-times....

  • Aug 23, 1998

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