Lauryn Hill is a singer and emcee hailing from South Orange, New Jersey. While her early days were a part of the Grammy Award winning hip-hop group The Fugees, Hill went on to forge her own significant path in both the hip-hop landscape and beyond.
Starting out as a singer, rapper, and an actor, Lauryn Hill found herself as a triple threat early on. Bit roles in small films and a brief stint on As The World Turns led to her breakout role in the film Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit in 1993. While the film showcased Hill’s flawless vocals and a small glimpse of her rhyming skills, both would present themselves a year later with The Fugees’s debut album Blunted On Reality. The project was met with mixed reviews—as their single “Nappy Heads” was the standout track on the project, though a Salaam Remi remix of their song “Vocab” was an indicator of the group’s range. Their follow-up album The Score arrived in 1996, winning a Grammy for Best Rap Album as well as Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the Lauryn Hill-featured cover of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” The group parted ways shortly thereafter due to internal conflict amongst the group and an affair between Lauryn and bandmate Wyclef Jean. Lauryn went on to release her groundbreaking solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998. The next year she broke a Grammy record for female artists by taking home five gramophones. After a world tour, Lauryn Hill seemingly faded into obscurity. She re-emerged in 2001 with an entirely new persona, and a year later released a project of live recordings from her MTV Unplugged episode.
Despite significant stylistic changes over the years, Lauryn Hill is still regarded as one of the most prolific emcees, absent of gender. Her ability to weave intricate rhymes with obscurely conscious references remains an inimitable trait of hers to this day. While she has recorded some sparse tracks over the years and has toured her old catalog over time, Hill has yet to release a follow-up to her solo debut studio album.