Lauryn Hill (born 25.5.1975) Lauryn Hill is an American singer and songwriter who initially rose to fame as a member of the group The Fugees.
Childhood: Lauryn Hill was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, in the USA. Her mother, Valerie, was an English teacher and her father Mal was a computer programmer.
Music was always present in Lauryn's home. Her sister played a number of instruments, her mother played piano and her father sang at weddings.
Aged 13, Lauryn appeared on It's Showtime at the Apollo, performing her version of Smokey Robinson's 'Who's Lovin' You?' She was rewarded with a standing ovation, although she did not win the show.
Getting Noticed - Although the Sister Act films were centered around the role played by Whoopi Goldberg, Lauryn Hill's performance in Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit earned her a great deal of attention. In the film, she sang the songs 'His Eye Is On the Sparrow' (with Tanya Blount) and 'Joyful, Joyful.' She also appeared as Kira Johnson in the soap opera As The World Turns.
Musical Career: The Refugee Camp (later known simply as The Fugees) was formed in high school when Prakazrel Michel (Pras) asked Lauryn to join a group that he was forming. She met Pras' cousin, Wyclef Jean and she was given the nickname L Boogie.
The band's debut album Blunted on Reality featured the singles Boof Baf', 'Vocab' and 'Nappy Heads', which reached number 49 in the US charts. The album sold over 2 million copies across the globe.
Second album, The Score, was a Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum album and spawned the singles 'Ready or Not' and 'Fu-Gee-La' as well as their covers of Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry' and 'Killing Me Softly', previously performed by Roberta Flack.
Lauryn's debut solo album was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It sold over 420,000 copies in its first week and went straight to the top of the Billboard R&B Album chart. The single 'Doo Wop (That Thing) was a number one hit in the US in 1998. 'Everything Is Everything' and 'To Zion' were also successful singles from the album. Lauryn received 10 nominations in the 1999 Grammy Awards, winning Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album and Album of the Year (beating Madonna's Ray of Light).
In 2001, Lauryn recorded a number of new songs for an MTV Unplugged album. Playing to an intimate audience, the set mainly consisted of guitar and vocals. The track 'Mystery of Iniquity' earned Hill a Grammy nomination, despite no promotion or radio play. The track was later used by Kanye West in his song 'All Falls Down'. Following the success of these two albums, Lauryn retreated from public life, being increasingly dissatisfied with the music industry.
In 2004, The Fugees were reunited, performing for Dave Chapelle's Block Party in Brooklyn. The event, and the lead-up to it, was filmed by Michel Gondry, and released in cinemas in 2006. At the end of 2005, the band embarked on a European tour and in February 2006, performed a 'Reunion Concert' in Hollywood. According to Pras, the reunion tours ground to a halt, due to Lauryn Hill having "some things she needs to deal with."
Controversies: In 2003, Lauryn performed at a Christmas benefit concert at the Vatican. She offended many in attendance by using her platform to criticise the molestation of boys by Catholic priests in the US. Her speech was removed from the television broadcast and no full transcript has been released.
There have been unconfirmed rumours that Lauryn Hill made a statement that she would "rather have (her) children starve than have white people buy (her) records." The quote was publicly denied by MTV and Lauryn herself rang in to the Howard Stern show to disassociate herself from the statement.
Family: Lauryn has been in a relationship with Bob Marley's son, Rohan, since 1996. They have four children together, Zion David Hill-Marley (b.1997), Selah Louise Marley (b.1998), Joshua Marley (b.2002) and John Marley (b.2007).
The former Fugee announced the show’s cancellation in a message to her fans via her Facebook page.
Singer Lauryn Hill has cancelled an upcoming performance in Israel, after she was unable to book a concert in the Palestinian territories as well. Hill was scheduled to perform on May 7th near Tel Aviv, but had faced an online campaign by activists who had called for her boycott of Israel.
Lauryn Hill has cancelled her upcoming show in Israel.
‘When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah,’ Lauryn told fans via Facebook. ‘Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge.’
Every year, 25 recordings of cultural significance are selected to be preserved forever by the U.S. Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry.
Variety reported the Library’s selections for 2014 (selections are always for the year before), and they included a diverse range of albums, singles, spoken word and speeches.
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Lauryn Hill's return to the UK stage didn't go down as planned.
Well, that didn't go as planned. Lauryn Hill's return to the UK was billed as one of the most exciting musical events of the year, but fans at Brixton Academy will have been ruing their decision to shell out to see the former Fugees singer after a chaotic gig that began with Hill arriving on-stage 90 minutes late.
Lauryn Hill did not go down well in Brixton
The trouble began with several complaints about the warm-up DJ, though fans turned from hacked off to furious when Hill finally began her set. According to concertgoers, the singer-songwriter performed massively reworked versions of songs from her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This coupled with the fact that the sound was too loud and lacking clarity left many gig-goers heading for the exits.
Continue reading: Lauryn Hill's Brixton Gig was Awful. And Here's Why.
The rapper is certainly down with his pop culture.
Drake has delighted his fans by unexpectedly dropping new track, 'Draft Day,' which apparently refers to next month's NFL draft. The pop-infused rap track keeps ahead of the curve by namechecking other contemporary stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Chicago MC Chance The Rapper, over a Lauryn Hill sample.
Drake Has Dropped Brand New Track, 'Draft Day.'
The new song follows another new Drake song, 'Days In The East', played for the first time during a gig at Birmingham's NIA last month (March 21), which could indicate that, like Kanye West, Drake has a follow up to his 2013 album scheduled for release this year. Sampling Lauryn Hill's 1998 hit "Doo Wop (That Thing)," the tune opens with a nod to 21-year-old college football star Johnny Manziel.
'Consumerism' is the singer's response to capitalist greed and was released through her SoundCloud on Thursday, 4 October
Lauryn Hill completed her three month stay in prison for tax evasion earlier this week, and rather than spend her time behind bars twiddling her thumbs and staring at the wall, the former Fugees star was busy writing her newest single. 'Consumerism' isn't so much a celebration of her freedom, but rather - as the title suggests - a rallying call against the evils of capitalism and a consumerist lifestyle. You can stream the song below.
The song is a scathing attack on modern society
The socially-minded singer/rapper targets "corporate greed in Jesus’ name," as well as bemoaning the ills of ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, egoism and more, outlining the evils of "compromised commercialism" and "neo-McCarthyism." The track was accompanied by an open letter from Hill, both of which were posted on to her SoundCloud page this week, in which she described her thought process behind the song and how she had initially planned to have it released while she was in prison.
Lauryn Hill celebrates her release from prison by dropping new track 'Consumerism'.
According to TMZ, Hill was released early Friday morning from the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.
The former 'Fugees' singer has been incarcerated since July 8th 2013 for not paying tax of more than $1.8 million from her earned income between 2005 and 2007.
Not jailed for tax dodging anymore! Hill releases new track.
Upon her release from a three month prison sentence, rapper Lauryn Hill has dropped a new single that blasts the world's social issues. Hill was imprisoned after failing to pay $2.3 million worth of taxes over the last five years, reports USA Today.
Lauryn Hill Releases Thought-Provoking New Music.
Hill did pay back $900,000 in an effort to save herself from jail but this was not enough to prevent her being locked up. Although 30-36 months is the length of jail time usually given to punish those who committed such crimes, Hill got off comparatively lightly with just three months behind bars.
Lauryn Hill is not the first star to encounter problems with the IRS.
Lauryn Hill, the Grammy-winners singer whose only solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill remains a classic of its generation, has begun a three month prison term for failing to pay taxes of around $1 million between the years 2005 and 2007, reports the Independent.
The singer-songwriter will serve her time at a minimum security prison in Danbury, Connecticut where inmates live in dormitories and are expected to perform maintenance, landscape and serve food. Essentially, it's not really a prison.
The singer, who gained fame with The Fugees, always maintained that she was planning on paying the taxes but was unable when he dropped out of the music business. Before her sentencing, her lawyer said Lauryn had paid more than $970,000 of the owed cash.
Continue reading: Lauryn Hill Begins Three Month Jail Term: Five Stars With Tax Problems
The singer has been sent to a federal prison in Connecticut to serve out her three month sentence for tax dodging
Lauryn Hill is officially a jail bird, as the rapper/singer has begun her three month stay behind bars for tax evasion charges. According to TMZ, Hill checked into the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury on Monday (July 8) morning at approximately 11.15 a.m. EST, where she will serve out the entirety of her short stay in prison.
Hill began her 3 month stay in prison on Monday
According to the report from TMZ, the former Fugees singer and rapper will be held in a minimum security facility where inmates are housed in army barrack-like buildings and are given a considerable amount of freedom compared to inmates at higher security prisons. Hill will be living among the general prison population and will not be given special, isolated treatment because of her celebrity status.
Continue reading: Lauryn Hill Begins Three Month Stay In Prison For Tax Evasion
Former Fugees singer explains clears p the confusion over her new deal with Sony
Rumors that Lauryn Hill has signed a new deal with Sony Music are true, the singer has confirmed. However, the former Fugees star released a statement on her Tumblr page to say that the reported figures involved were far from the truth, as well as clarifying that she will be launching a new record label with Sony, rather than simply signing a record deal with them.
In a statement (which, if you really want to get into the machinations of record deals, artistry and the need to pay ones taxes, is slightly self-contradictory), Lauryn revealed “It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.” That’s all very good news of course, though the message started to get slightly muddled when Lauryn started to defend herself and explain the reasons why she ended up in so much debt in the first place (we’re talking $504,000 arrears here).
“Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything,” she writes. “I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.” Make of that what you will, folks. Using ‘the man’ to pay back ‘the man.’ Or something.
Continue reading: Lauryn Hill Defends Sony Deal On Tumblr Site
Multi-million selling artist set to be skint, homeless and wound up in jail
Oh Lauryn Hill, what’s happened to you! There you were in then 90’s, one of the leading faces of the neo-soul movement, selling millions with your band The Fugees on the back of a youthful-looking appearance in one of the Sister Act films, and now you can’t even pay your rent and look like you’re going to prison! Oh Lauryn…
Yep, it turns out that the soul singer is being sued for eviction by her landlord, after it was revealed by TMZ that she’s been squatting in her current place of living. Hill’s been living in a rented South Orange, New Jersey mansion since 2009 apparently, but she stopped paying the rent on it last month causing her landlord to go to the courts and give her the ultimatum of paying her rent right away or to find herself a new home. If this starts going the same way as the very similar plot to the film The House Of Sand from a few years ago things could be about to get very grim indeed.
Anyway, Hill hasn’t paid so it looks like she’s on her way out. On the, um, plus? side, she’s not going to need the house anyway, because she’s up before the beak next week, when she’ll be getting sentenced for tax fraud, which is set to land her several years in prison. Heart breaking really.
Continue reading: Lauryn Hill Evicted From House For That Thing: Failure To Pay Rent
Wyclef Jean's new memoir Purpose: An Immigrant's Story gives a remarkable insight into the singers’ life, the break up of The Fugees, life post-earthquake and his run for presidency following the tragic natural disaster.
Speaking to MTV, the Haitian born rapper plans to write 7 books; his first one has only been in the shops for 24 hours! But it seems he has plenty of stories to tell. "I'm gonna write seven books, and the first one was a memoir because of one of the things I learned when I ran for president and got bamboozled," he explained. "The mass world, what they know about Wyclef is basically that he can sing, he can produce, he can write songs, but they don't know how smart musicians actually are and where they're from. The memoir, [it] was important to me that it's raw, it's honest, it's like my music and if you're reading it, you just feel like you're a one-on-one conversation opposed to reading something."
Jean’s surmise of The Fugees’ demise also leaves no room for questions; “In that moment something died between us. I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that,” he writes, according to an excerpt from the New York Post. “She could not longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken.”
Lauryn Hill finds herself at the centre of some pretty damning allegations, courtesy of a new book, written by her former band mate Wyclef Jean. Hill and Jean were both members of the successful ‘90s hip-hop trio The Fugees. In a new book, entitled Purpose, Wyclef has revealed that he and Lauryn had an affair, which resulted in the band’s demise. Controversially, The New York Post has learned from the book, Wyclef claims that Lauryn lied to him about the paternity of her first born son.
Wyclef was married at the time of his affair with Lauryn and he claims that she tricked him into believing her firstborn son was his. In fact, the father of the son was Rohan Marley, Bob Marley’s son. “In that moment something died between us,” Wyclef writes in the book. “I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that.” Haitian-born Wyclef added that the conflict eventually led to the breakup of The Fugees. “She could no longer be my muse,” writes Jean. “Our love spell was broken.” Jean performed on Friday (September 15, 2012) at the HK Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen, along with the guitarist Prince Charming. The book itself is published today (September 18, 2012).
Lauryn Hill has been in the news with her own dramas recently as well. She was faced with a court battle after it was alleged that she had an unpaid tax bill of around $400,000. In August 2012, it was reported that she turned down an interview with Oprah Winfrey. These latest allegations will do little to help the singer’s public image.