Lauryn Hill's Musical Journey and Her Career Achievement; Details of Her Hit Albums and Songs

March 19, 2018
First Published On: March 19, 2018
by Bruno Mars

Lauryn Hill is an American, Singer, Rapper, Songwriter, Music Producer, and Television Actress. She is an American singer who tries every day to be a common individual despite having a very successful musical journey and winning a Grammy Award for her hit albums and songs. Lauryn Hill is also known as L. Boogie.


She won The Grammy Award in 1999 for her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She wants her felling to be known all around as she says that she really tries every day to be individual, and not just in her style or her look or her music, but in her approach to life.

Musical Journey, Achievements, and career of Lauryn Hill

Lauyrn hill was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on May 26, 1975. Hill is a naturally talented vocalist. She started her career in an early teen as a contestant on Showtime at the Apollo at the age of 13.

In her High school, she and her band members formed a Hip Hop band called The Fugees. She became the group’s songwriters, as well as a rapper and vocalist.

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Hill also tried to put herself in movies as she has worked in some movies like King Of The Hill, Sister Act 2, and the recurring role on a television drama As The World Turns in her early age.

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CAPTION: Lauryn Hill singing in Sister Act 2

Instead of continuing her career in Hollywood Hill decided to apply in Columbia University in 1993. She studied there for a year before pursuing a the singing career. Hill with her band released their first album Blunt On Reality in 1994. The album did not gain the expected success but Hill gained some fame and fans as a singer. Two years later, the band released their second album The Score, which came out to be a huge success for the band in 1996.

CAPTION: The Fugees and their second Album The Score SOURCE: YouTube

In their second album, they changed their sound, including elements of reggae and old-school R&B, and sharpened their lyrics as well, introducing more clear social commentary than on their first album.

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Hill's hit single "Killing Me Softly" which highlighted Hill's bold and soulful vocals, sold 17 million copies making The Fugees the highest-selling rap group of all time and collected two Grammy awards (best rap album and best R&B performance by a duo or group). 

CAPTION: Lauryn Hill receiving Grammy Award in 1997
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After the hit album, fans heard rumours about the tension between three members and the band split. The attempts to reunite the by Lauren and her manager turned fruitless.

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Hill's love and solo carrier

After the separation from the band, Hill met and fell in love with Rohan Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley.

CAPTION: Lauryn Hill and her partner Rohan Marley

She began writing songs for a solo album. After the birth of her son, Zion David, she went back to producing and recording her solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The music was even more changed than that of The Score, focusing on her love of old-school soul and R&B, while her lyrics dealt all the challenges that she committed deeply to her own artistic and spiritual values.

She released her first solo album 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' in 1998 which sold more than 19 million copies worldwide since 2009 and earned the singer-songwriter five Grammys, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul Train Award and an MTV Music Award. Of the five singles released from the album, “Doo Wop (That Thing)” debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard charts.

CAPTION: Lauryn Hill with her awards
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Hill broke a number of records, becoming the first woman to be nominated in ten categories in a single year, and the first woman to win five trophies in one night, Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best New Artist.

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She surely is an inspirational artist and her work did paved way for recent female rap artists like Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.

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After her height of success, Hill returned in 2002 with MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, a recording of her two-hour acoustic performance on the popular series  MTV Unplugged.

CAPTION: Lauryn Hill singing in MTV Unplugged 2002 SOURCE: Dailymotion

The recording received mixed reviews, it debuted at Number 3 on the Billboard charts and sold over a million copies in the first four weeks.

In May 2013, Hill made headlines when she was sentenced to three months in prison for not paying federal taxes.