Lauryn Hill is a revered figure in the urban music community and justly so. The singer / rapper helped to pave the way for females in hip hop with flows and views to empower her people and women. When she dropped “Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” it was considered and still is too many people the “Illmatic” album for a female rapper.
Before that masterpiece of an album, there was Lauryn Hill of multi-platinum group, The Fugees. The aforementioned album was her break away from the group after she decided to create a collection of music that she originally wrote for other artists to release. She decided to keep the work for herself and drop a solo project because she felt the music was too personal.
It was a gamble as The Fugees were a very successful entity with hits such as “Killing Me Softly”, “Ready Or Not”, and “Fugee-la”. Hill felt that she needed to split from the group to avoid control and manipulation.
The Fugees was a conspiracy to control, manipulate, and encourage dependence. I took a lot of abuse that a lot of people would not have taken in these circumstances.Lauryn Hill – The Trace – July 14, 2005
This would also lead to the ending of her relationship with Wyclef Jean which was touched upon in the classic single “Ex Factor”. A song that in 2018, Drake used as a sample for his hit single “Nice For What”.
Wyclef Jean confirmed the affair in his autobiography and professes that Lauryn Hill was deceitful in their relationship. Ironically, Pras (other member in The Fugees) in an interview with VladTV proclaimed he didn’t know the two were romantically involved in the height of their popularity.
I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that.Wyclef Jean – Autobiography
The classic album that included the raw emotional roller coaster ride of Hill was produced in Jamaica, at the legendary Tuff Gong studios, made famous by none other than Bob Marley.
The title of the album was inspired by “The Mis-education Of The Negro”, by Carter G. Woodson. There was also a film entitled “The Education of Sonny Carson” that also helped shape the album.
The project gave the world hits such as “Do Wop”, “Nothing Even Matters”, “I Used To Love Him”, and “Lost Ones”. Her plan to infuse hip hop with old school soul in the vein of Motown Records. This made Lauryn Hill, the first ever hip hop star to successfully rap and sing with “Everything Is Everything” and “That Thing” which catapulted her to five Grammy awards with the incredible honor of “Album Of The Year”. She became the first ever hip hop artist to achieve this claim.
Lauryn Hill changed the landscape for women giving the hip hop scene strong content that is thought provoking. Her music still inspires to the top selling artists of 2019 as previously mentioned with Drake and also the rising star of Cardi B with “Be Careful”. She also influences underground artists such as Courtney Bell who recently did his rendition of “Doo Wop”.
Lauryn Hill even still invokes emotional responses from the likes of artists such as Nicki Minaj when she makes rare appearances. For this, we thank Lauryn Hill at WorldWide Entertainment TV for providing not only entertainment for fans worldwide, but also giving enlightenment to people over the years. Happy Birthday to Lauryn Hill from WWETV.