The Return Of The Queen...
After nearly a 12-year hiatus from the music industry, lyrical genius and talent prodigy, Lauryn Hill is back!
(Hill at the Tanzania Education Trust, NYC Gala. April 19, 2010)
Albeit, she reportedly insists that fans -and friends alike- now address her as 'Ms. Lauryn Hill,' she has resurfaced -anew- but with the same legendary, R&B infused, Hip-Hop sound that is -unmistakeably- her signature and trademark.
(Hill at the Harmony Festival. June 13, 2010)
From 1991-1996, Hill was the front woman of the successful rap group The Fugees, under which she recorded two albums with band mates Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel; Blunted on Reality (1994),
and The Score (1996),
which won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
After the group parted ways in 1997, Hill released her debut, solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998.
Reportedly, the album's title was inspired by -and references- Dr. Carter G. Woodson's book, "The Mis-Education of the Negro,"
as well as Sonny Carson's film -and autobiographical novel- "The Education of Sonny Carson."
Upon its debut, 'Miseducation' topped the Billboard charts for several weeks, and earned Hill a record 10 Grammy Award nominations in 1999 (making her the first female artist ever to receive 10 nominations in one year). Hill's 'Miseducation' won five Grammy Awards, including the coveted Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist; as a result, Hill set ANOTHER record by becoming the first woman ever to win five Grammy Awards in one night! According to wikipedia.org, Hill earned $25 Million Dollars, between 1998 and 1999, from album sales and touring.
(Hill at the 1999 'Grammy' Awards ceremony)
From 2001-2002, after expressing displeasure with the 'workings' of the entertainment business, Hill (by now a reclusive, media-shy, guitar-playing soul-searcher), recorded and released MTV Unplugged No. 2.0,
a live, acoustic album filled with both personal and unfinished material, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts in 2002; in June 2007, Hill -under her new professional name, Ms. Lauryn Hill- released her newest song since 2002, titled "Lose Myself," which appeared on the Surf's Up film soundtrack; and in late July of this year, an unreleased Hill song, titled "Repercussions," leaked onto the Internet and debuted at #94 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Hill has been romantically linked with Rohan Marley (the fourth son of music legend Bob Marley), and together they have five children.
(Hill with Rohan Marley)
(Martha Stewart, with Hill and four of her children)
During this summer, between August 21st and 29th, Hill performed as a headlining 'special guest' (alongside Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, et al.), for the Rock The Bells 2010 concert series in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC.
(Hill at the 'Rock The Bells' concert series, 2010)
As reported on Hill's website, during her August 28th -Rock The Bells- performance, she was paid respect by Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, John Legend and Jerry Wonder. After her performance, MTV interviewed Hill and quoted her as saying, "It was wonderful to see everybody. I was so touched." Moreover, the BBC has even reported that First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, said she "frequently listens to Hill's music," on her iPod.
All hail the queen!
* Audio (Lauryn Hill, NPR "All Things Considered," 50 Great Voices (series). "The Many Voices of Lauryn Hill," by Zoe Chace, June 28, 2010)
* Audio (Lauryn Hill, On-air, exclusive interview. Her views on the music industry )
* Video (Lauryn Hill, "Lost Ones", June 2010)
* Video (Lauryn Hill, ROCK THE BELLS concert series. Governor’s Island, New York City, August 28, 2010)
* Video (Lauryn Hill, Everything Is Everything, 1998)
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