This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

May 26th – Lauryn Hill was born Lauryn Noelle Hill in South Orange, New Jersey, on this day in 1975.

Hill, who came from a family of musicians, appeared on “It’s Showtime At The Apollo” on “Amateur Night” in 1988 and performed the classic “Who’s Lovin’ You” by the great Smokey Robinson.

Hill, as a young teen, also pursued an acting career appearing on the soap opera “As The World Turns” and then later landed a role in the 1993 Touchstone Pictures film “Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit” starring Whoopi Goldberg.

Hill’s performance was praised by movie critics as show stealing.

Hill would later in her career appear in more films like “Hav Plenty”, “Restaurant” and “King Of The Hill”.

She’s also appeared on television’s “Here And Now” and the “ABC Afterschool Special”.

Hill was also the narrator for the 2014 Swedish documentary film “Concerning Violence”.

But Hill would achieve her biggest fame as an MC and soulful vocalist.

Hill’s first stage name was L-Boogie.

As a teen in high school, she met cousins Prakazrel Michel and Wyclef Jean and they formed a trio called The Refugee Camp (Tranzlator Crew) in the early 1990’s.

They released their debut album “Blunted On Reality” in 1994 on Ruffhouse Records.

“Blunted On Reality” produced the hit singles “Vocab”, “Boof Baf” and “Nappy Heads”.

But it would be their 1996 multi-platinum selling sophomore set “The Score” that would set The Fugees into an orbit of success.

The Grammy-winning “The Score” would produce smash hits like “Fugee-La”, “Ready Or Not” and “Cowboys” as well as chart-topping covers of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly (With His Song)”.

The success of “The Score” would bring the Fugees into the spectrum of mainstream pop.

It would also mark the end of the group as all three members decided to pursue solo careers.

In 1998, Hill released her debut solo album “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” on Ruffhouse.

The album took its title from Carter G. Woodson’s 1933 book “The Mis-Education Of The Negro”.

The album saw Hill collaborate with D’Angelo, Carlos Santana and Mary J. Blige.

Hit singles from “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” included “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “Ex-Factor”, “Lost Ones” and “Everything Is Everything”.

The album, which combined hip-hop, soul and reggae, now made Lauryn Hill, as a solo artist, a household name.

At The 1999 Grammy Awards, Hill became the first woman to be nominated in 10 categories and the first to win five awards in a single night.

Shortly thereafter, Hill took a brief hiatus from the industry to start a family with Rohan Marley, son of the late, great Bob Marley.

Hill would return, however, in 2002 with the Grammy-nominated live acoustic album “MTV Unplugged No. 2.0”.

Hill reunited with her Fugees cohorts in 2006 to appear in a performance scene in the film “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party”.

Hill even toured briefly again with her former trio.

Her accolades have been bountiful as even United States First Lady Michelle Obama has called her one of her favorite artists.

Hill over the last couple of years has released several one off digital singles.

Hill is currently working on a second studio album and continues to tour and perform regularly.