Black History Month: Lauryn Hill

Brittani Langland

By Stephon Berry

One of Hip Hop and R&B’s most promising prospects, ruined by drugs but with a legacy of soulful and socially relevant music Lauryn Noelle Hill will continue to captivate and inspire aspiring musicians for years to come. One can’t begin to talk about Lauryn hill within speaking about her Modest beginnings with The Fugees composed of Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Pras. Two of the most notable songs released by the group Being “Ready or Not” which exhibited soulful vocals, reggae rhythmic rapping and a haunting tone instilled with not only the instrumental but the lyricism.

The second was their most famous hit “Killing Me Softly” a cover of a song Roberta Flack made a hit in the 1970’s. The song is credited with earning them the ear of the public and was so successful that it had to be removed from “”The Score” so that attention could be given to the second track on the album “Ready or Not”. The hallmark of that amazing rendition of “Killing Me Softly” were Lauryn’s unique riffs.

After the Fugees broke up Lauryn went on to pursue a Solo career Her first Solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was a huge success it boasted an MTV music award, a Billboard award, a Soul train award, three American Music awards, and five Grammy’s. This made her the the first women or hip-hop artist to ever win five Grammys- for album of the year, best new artist, best female R&B performance, best R&B song “Doo Wop” and best R&B album. Cementing her place in music, hip-hop, and black history for a time to come. At the current date Hill is an activist, she established a camp known as The Refugee Camp Youth Project which raises money to send inner-city youths to summer camps.