Now that we know our killer Spring Weekend lineup, it is time for BlogDH to give you a crash-course in all things Ms. Lauryn Hill. While you may have not heard her name since your finer elementary school days, you can be sure that this Saturday night headliner will not disappoint. Prepare yourself for a confident and passionate performer who will elicit a sea of snaps from an
inebriated empowered crowd. This creative artist has helped mold the world of hip-hop and we could not be more excited that she is coming to Spring Weekend. (Mis)Educate yourself on the rap, R&B, and hip-hop goddess that is Lauryn Hill:
Singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and all around badass, Lauryn Noelle Hill was born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1975. According to Hill’s MTV bio, she grew up listening to her parents’ “multi-genre, multi-generational record collection,” which fueled her passion for music. Even from a young age, Hill was apparently a natural performer and occupied the stage of Harlem’s noteworthy Apollo Theater at the age of 13. Some other famous artists who got their start at the Apollo theater include Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Supremes, ,Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey. Hill also made an appearance in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and gave her some greater recognition for her musical talents.
In high school, Hill met Wyclef Jean’s cousin Prakazrel (Pras) Michel. Pras asked her to join his band called The Tranzlator Crew, which later became The Refugee Camp, which developed into the Fugees, playing on a derogatory name often given to Haitian-Americans. The Fugees got a record deal with Ruffhouse Records and recorded two albums. Their album The Score, released in February 1996, contained their hit-single, “Killing Me Softly” and went multi-platinum.To this day, The Score is one of the best selling hip-hop albums of all time.
After the Fugees, Ms. Hill went out to explore her own direction. By 1988, Ms. Hill had released her first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, featuring her notable hits “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Everything is Everything,” and “I Used to Love Him (featuring Mary J Blige).” Her debut album also features notable artists Carlos Santana and D’Angelo. Not only does this album rock, but it also made Ms. Lauryn Hill the first woman or hip-hop artist to win five Grammy Awards — Hill won Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B album at the 41st Grammy Awards. Her lead single, “Doo Wop (That Thing),” rose to number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill blends tones of hip-hop. R&B, rap, and soul to create a truly unique, honest, and invigorating sound.
After a long hiatus, Hill returned to the music scene in 2002 with MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, a two-hour acoustic recording of her performance on the MTV Unplugged series. This lesser-known of Hill’s two albums features Ms. Hill singing and rapping over her acoustic guitar. While this album was not as well-received as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, 2.0 went platinum for four weeks after its release and reached number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. Hill has been praised for her nuanced, intricate, and deeply-personal lyrics from this album that comment on her identity, religion, society, relationships, and love.
Get ready to jam to these thoughtful and catchy beats. Start singing “That Thing” in the shower. Do whatever it takes.
Winter Spring Weekend is coming and we could not possibly be more excited.