Contact Us
Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill - Page 8

kanye west runaway amber rose
From Diddy's "I Need A Girl" to Kanye's "White Dress," hip-hop has plenty of love songs written for specific significant others. Whether rappers are not-so-secretly reflecting on past marriages or yearning for a fling that finished all too quickly, if known or not, many top hits in hip-hop have an underlying reason as to why they happen to connect with listeners so well—fans can identify with both sides.

More recent examples of the semi-concealed affection cuts are Big Sean's "Ashley," a love song from his Hall Of Fame album he penned for his high school sweetheart after they parted ways last year, and even Jhene Aiko's "The Worst," which is rumored to be about a brief relationship the singer held with Drake. Nas is a relatively prolific member of this list as well, having written songs—"Getting Married" and "Bye Baby" being the two most obvious—about the many developments in his relationship with Kelis. And, of course, there's Kanye West, who dedicated an entire album to heartbreak and has always been on the more emotional side of things, lyrically.

XXL has compiled 20 hip-hop songs written about the specific relationships in each rapper's lives, from Lauryn Hill's many shots at Wyclef Jean to Papoose's dedication to his locked up wife Remy Ma. —Miranda Johnson, Layne Weiss and Dan Rys
[

20 Hip-Hop Songs About Specific Relationships

mc lyte lauryn hill nicki minaj best female rappers of all time
Since its beginnings, hip-hop has been a Boys Club, with female MCs often ignored or pushed to the side, boxed into the background or assuming the "eye candy" role in music videos. However, talent simply can’t—nor should—be overlooked, and artists such as Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah have risen to international stardom in spite of hip-hop's often male-centric attitudes, producing undeniable classics along the way. While there may have been a glass ceiling that couldn’t be broken before, women have shattered most limitations these days. Having taken charge of the rap game, it’s never surprising now to see a name like Nicki Minaj killing the Billboard charts.

Today provides another example of ladies running the show. After releasing her debut album last week, Iggy Azalea’s full-length The New Classic lands at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 copies sold, less than a thousand fewer than perennial chart-topper Future debuted with his sophomore effort Honest. Supported by singles such as “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX and “Work,” the album marks another milestone in the perennial quest of a non-gendered rap world, with The New Classic becoming the highest-charting female hip-hop artist on the Billboard 200 since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded hit the top of the chart in 2012. But those are just current facts; throughout history women have been able to prove themselves.

There are many different ways of assessing success, of course—sales, chart positions, influence, milestones, and legacy all come in to play when assessing who might be better than another. With all this in consideration (and with all due respect), XXL gathered the 20 best female rappers of all time, honoring those that have, or are still, breaking down the stereotypes that have slowed the way. Keep in mind that we have omitted groups—just to let all the Salt-N-Pepa and JJ Fad fans know—and stuck strictly to solo artists who have put out an album (and left things unranked). These are female MCs who have made significant strides that we felt needed to be honored. Click through to find out that made the cut. Who run this mutha? —Kiki Ayers, Kellan Miller and XXL Staff
[

The 20 Best Female Rappers Of All Time

Lauryn Hill Nas
[

Nas Brings Out Lauryn Hill At Coachella

As part of the continuing celebration of the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, Nas returned to Coachella for the second weekend of shows...

Read More

Category: News Tags: ,
lauryn_hill_40
[

Lauryn Hill’s Rep Addresses Recent Tax Rumors

It was reported last week that Lauryn Hill was in trouble with the IRS. Hill supposedly owed $867,000 in debt. Five months ago Hill completed her three-month sentence at Danbury Federal Prison for tax evasion...

Read More

Category: News Tags:
lauryn-hill-tax-sentencing-650-430
[

Lauryn Hill Still Has $900K In Debts

Nearly six months after Lauryn Hill finished serving a 6 month jail sentence, the singer is being served with yet another tax lien. According to RadarOnline, the IRS is on her case again and let's hope she doesn't end up back in the penn...

Read More

Category: News Tags:
lauryn-hill-tax-sentencing-650-430
[

18 Post-Prison Comeback Tracks

Earlier today, Lauryn Hill was released from prison after serving three months for tax fraud. On the eve of her leave, Hill released a brutal track called “Consumerism...

Read More

recently-updated375
[

Lauryn Hill’s ‘Miseducation’ Collaborators Remember The Album 15 Years Later

Ed Note: This story originally ran on August 25, 2013, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. XXL is re-running the story today on the anniversary of Ms...

Read More

ThrowbackFugees_7
[

Wyclef And Lauryn Hill When They Were Young

With today marking the 18th anniversary of The Fugees' final album, The Score, it's only right to take a walk down memory lane. Check out photos of the clan in their young days in "Wyclef And Lauryn Hill When They Were Young...

Read More

lauryn-hill
[

Lauryn Hill Performs On ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’

The Late Show With David Letterman concluded its week-long tribute to the Beatles with a rousing cover by Lauryn Hill. Following a slew of acts including Broken Bells, Sting, Flaming Lips, and Lenny Kravitz in the prior days, Lauryn Hill closed out by making her first TV performance in three years when she covered the Beatles 1969 smash single "Something...

Read More

Category: News Tags: , ,
jay_paul_2
[

9 Of The Most Memorable Hip-Hop Grammy Performances

If it’s one thing the Grammy Awards are good for other than golden phonographs, it’s the performances—and this Sunday’s awards ceremony will be a night to remember with hip-hop and rap in the forefront...

Read More

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://www.xxlmag.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for XXL Mag quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!