Happy Birthday to Lauryn Hill! The former Fugees femcee turns 37 today (May 25th.)
Lauryn Hill began her career as a member of the Fugees in the early 90’s, releasing two multi-platinum albums with the group, before embarking on a solo career. In 1998, Hill dropped The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which was the first album ever to receive a XXL rating. The album’s lead single, “Doo Wop (That Thing),” dominated the Billboard charts, and the accompanying music video featured a split-screen presentation that showcased Hill paying homage to the roots of R&B and doo wop while simultaneously performing the piece in present day time. To this day, that video remains to be one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop visuals ever to be released.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill received world-renowned recognition and during the 1999 Grammy Awards, Hill made history by becoming the first ever female artist to be nominated in a whopping 10 different categories. Out of the 10 nominations, the stellar vocalist shattered another record by taking home five, by winning: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best New Artist, and the highly coveted Album of the Year.
In the early 2000s, following the success of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, hip-hop’s leading lady removed herself from the culture, by going into a self-imposed exile.
Though it’s been a decade since we’ve heard significant new material from Lauryn, it’s still safe to say that she was killing the game softly.
Happy Birthday, Lauryn Hill!—XXL Staff