The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
Raised in South Orange, New Jersey, Lauryn Hill is an American singer and rapper. She achieved early success as a member of the Fugees — the hip-hop group she founded with members Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean. The group released two albums in the early part of the decade, 1994’s Blunted on Reality and the 1996 Grammy-Award winning album The Score. After the Fugees split up in 1997, Hill continued making music as a solo artist. In 1998, she released her debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill on Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records. Hill recorded the album between fall 1997 and spring 1998 at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica, now the home of the Bob Marley Museum.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the artist’s only studio album and debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Blending soul, hip hop, and contemporary R&B with pop, funk, and doo-wop, it is one of the seminal albums of the neo-soul genre along with Erykah Badu's Baduizm (1997) and Jill Scott's Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. (2000). The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill featured contributions from fellow neo-soul singer D’Angelo, as well as Mary J. Blige and pre-fame John Legend. Key singles “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Ex-Factor,” and “Everything is Everything” topped charts in both Britain and the United States.
At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards in 1999, Hill became the first woman ever to receive nominations in ten categories for one year. She would take home five awards, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She was the first hip hop artist ever to win the prestigious award. In 2017, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was ranked the second-best album of all time created by a woman by NPR.Item Categories: