Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer,
songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. She is best known
for being a member of the
Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo
album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards and
broke several sales records.
Raised mostly in South Orange, New Jersey, Hill began singing with her
music-oriented family during her childhood. She enjoyed success as an
actress at an early age, with her older brother Graham Hill, appearing
in a recurring role on the television soap opera As the World Turns
and starring in the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. In high
school, Hill was approached by
Pras Michel to start a band, which his
friend, Wyclef Jean, soon joined. They renamed themselves the Fugees
and released the albums
Blunted on Reality
Blunted on Reality (1994) and the Grammy
Award-winning The Score (1996). In the latter record, which sold six
million copies in the United States, Hill rose to prominence with her
Caribbean music influences, her rapping and
singing, and her rendition of the hit "Killing Me Softly". Hill's
tumultuous romantic relationship with Jean led to the split of the
band in 1997, after which she began to focus on solo projects.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) remains Hill's only solo studio
album. It received massive critical acclaim, showcasing a
representation of life and relationships and locating a contemporary
voice within the neo soul genre. The album debuted at number one on
Billboard 200 and has sold approximately eight million copies
there. It included the singles "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (also a number
one), "Ex-Factor" (became her biggest solo hit in UK), and "Everything
Is Everything". At the 41st Grammy Awards, the record earned her five
awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. During this
time she won numerous other awards and became a common sight on the
cover of magazines.
Soon afterward, Hill dropped out of the public eye, dissatisfied with
the music industry and suffering with the pressures of fame. Her last
full-length recording, the new-material live album
MTV Unplugged No.
2.0 (2002), sharply divided critics and sold poorly compared to her
first album and work with the Fugees. Hill's subsequent activity,
which includes the release of a few songs and occasional festival
appearances, has been sporadic. Her behavior has sometimes caused
audience dissatisfaction; a reunion with her former group did not last
long. Her music, as well as a series of public statements she has
issued, has become critical of pop culture and societal institutions.
Hill has six children, five of whom are with Rohan Marley. In 2012,
she pleaded guilty to tax evasion for failure to pay federal income
taxes, and in 2013, served a three-month prison sentence.
1 Life and career
1.1 1975–1993: Early life and career beginnings
1.2 1994–1996: The Fugees
1.3 1997–1999: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
1.4 2000–2003: Self-imposed exile and
MTV Unplugged No. 2.0
1.5 2004–2009: Sporadic touring and recording
1.6 2010–present: Further activities and imprisonment
4 See also
6 External links
Life and career
1975–1993: Early life and career beginnings
Lauryn Noelle Hill was born on May 26, 1975, in East Orange, New
Jersey to English teacher Valerie Hill and computer and management
consultant Mal Hill. She has one older brother named Malaney (born
1972). Her Baptist family moved to New York and Newark for
short periods until settling in South Orange, New Jersey. She had a
middle-class upbringing, knowing both many Jewish families and many
black ones. Future actor
Zach Braff lived in the neighborhood,
and she attended his Bar Mitzvah.
Hill has said of her musically oriented family: "there were so many
records, so much music constantly being played. My mother played
piano, my father sang, and we were always surrounded in music." Her
father sang in local nightclubs and at weddings. While growing
up, Hill frequently listened to Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Aretha
Franklin, and Gladys Knight; years later she recalled playing
Marvin Gaye's What's Going On repeatedly until she fell asleep to
In middle school,
Lauryn Hill performed "The Star-Spangled Banner"
before a basketball game. Due to its popularity, subsequent games
featured a recording of her rendition. In 1988, Hill appeared as an
Amateur Night contestant on It's Showtime at the Apollo. She sang her
own version of the
Smokey Robinson track "Who's Lovin' You?",
garnering an initially harsh reaction from the crowd. She persevered,
though she later cried off-stage.
Hill attended Columbia High School, where she was a member of the
track team, a cheerleader and was a classmate of Zach Braff.
She also took violin lessons, went to dance class, and founded the
school's gospel choir. Academically, she took advanced placement
classes and received primarily 'A' grades. School officials
recognized her as a leader among the student body. Later recalling
her education, Hill commented, "I had a love for – I don't know if
it was necessarily for academics, more than it just was for achieving,
period. If it was academics, if it was sports, if it was music, if it
was dance, whatever it was, I was always driven to do a lot in
whatever field or whatever area I was focusing on at the moment."
While a freshman in high school, through mutual friends, Prakazrel
"Pras" Michel approached Hill about a music group he was
creating. Hill and
Pras began under the name Tranzlator Crew,
chosen because they wanted to rhyme in different languages.
Another female vocalist was soon replaced by Michel's cousin,
multi-instrumentalist Wyclef Jean. The group began performing in
local showcases and high school talent shows. Hill was initially
only a singer, but then learned to rap too; instead of modeling
herself on female rappers like
Salt-n-Pepa and MC Lyte, she preferred
male rappers like
Ice Cube and developed her flow from listening to
them. Hill later said, "I remember doing my homework in the
bathroom stalls of hip-hop clubs."
While growing up, Hill took acting lessons in Manhattan. She began
her acting career in 1991, appearing with Jean in Club XII, MC Lyte's
Off-Broadway hip-hop rendering of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
While the play was not a success, an agent noticed her. Later that
year, Hill began appearing on the soap opera
As the World Turns
As the World Turns in a
recurring role as troubled teenager Kira Johnson. She
subsequently co-starred alongside
Whoopi Goldberg in the 1993 release
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, playing Rita Louise Watson, an
inner-city Catholic school teenager with a surly, rebellious
attitude. In it, she performed the songs "His Eye Is on the
Sparrow" (a duet with Tanya Blount) and "Joyful, Joyful". Director
Bill Duke credited Hill with improvising a rap in a scene: "None of
that was scripted. That was all Lauryn. She was amazing." Critic
Roger Ebert called her "the girl with the big joyful voice", although
he thought her talent was wasted, while
Rolling Stone said she
"performed marvelously against type ... in the otherwise perfunctory
[film]." Hill also appeared in Steven Soderbergh's 1993 motion
picture King of the Hill, in a minor but pivotal role as a 1930s
gum-popping elevator operator. Soderbergh biographer Jason Wood
described her as supplying one of the warmest scenes in the film.
Hill graduated from Columbia High School in 1993.
1994–1996: The Fugees
Main article: The Fugees
Pras, Hill and Jean renamed their group the Fugees, a derivative of
the word "refugee", which was a derogatory term for Haitian
Americans. Hill began a romantic relationship with Jean. The
Fugees, who signed a contract with Columbia/
Ruffhouse Records in
1993, became known for their genre blending, particularly of
reggae, rock and soul, which was first experimented on their debut
album, Blunted on Reality, released in 1994. It reached number 62 on
the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart but overall sold
poorly and was met by poor critical notices due to being a
(management-forced) attempt at gangsta rap attitudes. Although the
album made little impact, Hill's rapping on "Some Seek Stardom" was
seen as a highlight. Within the group, she was frequently referred
to by the nickname "L. Boogie". Hill's image and artistry, as well
as her full, rich, raspy alto voice, placed her at the forefront of
the band, with some fans urging her to begin a solo career.
The Fugees' second album, The Score (1996), peaked at number one on
the U.S. Billboard 200 and stayed in the top ten of that chart for
over half a year. It sold about six million copies in the United
States and more than 17 million copies worldwide. In the 1996
Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, The Score came second in the list of best
albums and three of its tracks placed within the top twenty best
singles. It won the
Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, and was
later included on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of
all time. Almost all of the writing and producing for it was done
by Jean. The Score garnered praise for being a strong alternative
to the gangsta idiom, and Hill stated, "We're trying to do something
positive with the music because it seems like only the negative is
rising to the top these days. It only takes a drop of purity to clean
Singles from The Score included "Fu-Gee-La" and "Ready or Not", which
highlighted Hill's singing and rapping abilities, and "No Woman,
No Cry". Her rendition of "Killing Me Softly" became her breakout
hit. Buttressed by what
Rolling Stone publications later called
Hill's "evocative" vocal line and her "amazing pipes", the
track became pervasive on pop, R&B, hip hop, and adult
contemporary radio formats. It won the
Grammy Award for Best
R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. On the
album, Hill combined
African-American music and Caribbean music
influences with socially conscious lyrics.
Hill's "irresistibly cute looks" and proclaimed her "the most powerful
new voice in rap."
At 21 years old, the now-famous Hill was still living at home with her
parents. She had been enrolled at
Columbia University during this
period, and considered majoring in history as she became a
sophomore, but left after about a year of total studies once
sales of The Score went into the millions. In 1996, Hill responded
to a false rumor on
The Howard Stern Show
The Howard Stern Show that she had made a racist
comment on MTV, saying "How can I possibly be a racist? My music is
universal music. And I believe in God. If I believe in God, then I
have to love all of God's creations. There can be no
In 1996, Hill founded the Refugee Project, a non-profit outreach
organization that sought to transform the attitudes and behavior of
at-risk urban youth. Part of this was Camp Hill, which offered
stays in the
Catskill Mountains for such youngsters; another was
production of an annual
Halloween haunted house in East Orange.
Hill also raised money for Haitian refugees, supported clean water
well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, and staged a rap concert
Harlem to promote voter registration. A 1997 benefit event for the
Refugee Project introduced a Board of Trustees for the organization
that included Sean Combs, Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Spike Lee, and
others as members.
In 1997, the
Fugees split to work on solo projects, which Jean
later blamed on his tumultuous relationship with Hill and the fact he
married his wife Claudinette while still involved with Hill.
Meanwhile, in the summer of 1996 Hill had met Rohan Marley, a son of
Bob Marley and a former University of Miami football player. Hill
subsequently began a relationship with him, while still also involved
with Jean. Hill became pregnant, and in August 1997, Marley and
Hill's first child, Zion David, was born. The couple lived in
Hill's childhood house in South Orange after she bought her parents a
new house down the street.
Hill had a cameo appearance in the 1997 film Hav Plenty. In 1998, Hill
took up another small but important role in the film Restaurant;
Entertainment Weekly praised her portrayal of the protagonist's
pregnant former girlfriend as bringing vigor to the film.
1997–1999: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
"It's funny how money change a situation."
—The opening line of "Lost Ones", the first song on The Miseducation
of Lauryn Hill.
Hill recorded her solo record
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill from
late 1997 through June 1998 at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica.
The title was inspired by the book The Mis-Education of the Negro
Carter G. Woodson
Carter G. Woodson and The Education of Sonny Carson, a film
and autobiographical novel. The album featured contributions from
D'Angelo, Carlos Santana,
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige and the then-unknown John
Wyclef Jean initially did not support Hill recording a
solo album, but eventually offered his production help; Hill turned
him down. Several songs on the album concerned her frustration
with the Fugees; "I Used to Love Him" dealt with the breakdown of the
relationship between Hill and Wyclef Jean. Other songs such as "To
Zion" spoke about her decision to have her first baby, even though
many at the time encouraged her to have an abortion so to not
interfere with her blossoming career. Indeed, Hill's pregnancy
revived her from a period of writer's block.
In terms of production, Hill collaborated with a group of musicians
known as New Ark, consisting of Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Tejumold
Newton, and Johari Newton. Hill later said that she wanted to
"write songs that lyrically move me and have the integrity of reggae
and the knock of hip-hop and the instrumentation of classic soul" and
that the production on the album was intended to make the music sound
raw and not computer-aided. Hill spoke of pressure from her label
to emulate Prince, wherein all tracks would be credited as written and
produced by the artist with little outside help. She also wanted
to be appreciated as an auteur as much as Jean had within the
Fugees. (She also saw a feminist cause: "But step out and try and
control things and there are doubts. This is a very sexist industry.
They'll never throw the 'genius' title to a sister.") While
recording the album, when Hill was asked about providing contracts or
documentation to the musicians, she replied, "We all love each other.
This ain't about documents. This is blessed."
Released on August 25, 1998, the album received rave reviews from
contemporary music critics, and was the most acclaimed album of
1998. Critics lauded the album's blending of the R&B, doo-wop,
pop, hip-hop, and reggae genres and its honest representation of a
woman's life and relationships. David Browne, writing in
Entertainment Weekly, called it "an album of often-astonishing power,
strength, and feeling", and praised Hill for "easily flowing from
singing to rapping, evoking the past while forging a future of her
Robert Christgau quipped, "PC record of the year—songs
soft, singing ordinary, rapping skilled, rhymes up and down, skits de
trop, production subtle and terrific".
It sold over 423,000 copies in its first week (boosted by advance
radio play of two non-label-sanctioned singles, "Lost Ones" and "Can't
Take My Eyes Off You") and topped the
Billboard 200 for four weeks
and the Billboard R&B Albums chart for six weeks. It went on to
sell about 8 million copies in the U.S. and 12 million copies
worldwide. During 1998 and 1999, Hill earned
$25 million from record sales and touring. Hill, along with
Blige, Missy Elliott, Meshell Ndegeocello, Erykah Badu, and others,
found a voice with the neo soul genre.
The first single released from the album was "Lost Ones", which
reached number 27 in Spring 1998. The second was "Doo Wop (That
Thing)", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100
chart. It exemplified Hill's appeal, combining feelings of
self-empowerment with self-defense. Other charted singles from the
album were "Ex-Factor", "Everything Is Everything" and "To Zion".
In the 1998 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, Miseducation came second in
the list of best albums and "Doo Wop (That Thing)" second in best
In November 1998, Marley and Hill's second child, Selah Louise, was
born. Of being a young mother of two, Hill said, "It's not an
easy situation at all. You have to really pray and be honest with
In the run-up to the 1999 Grammy Awards, Hill became the first woman
to be nominated in ten categories in a single year. In addition to
Miseducation works, the nominations included her rendition of "Can't
Take My Eyes Off You" for the 1997 film Conspiracy Theory, which had
appeared on Billboard charts, and Hill's writing and producing of
"A Rose Is Still a Rose", which became a late-in-career hit for Aretha
Franklin. She appeared on several magazine covers, including Time,
Esquire, Rolling Stone,
Teen People and
The New York Times
The New York Times Fashion
Magazine. During the ceremony, Hill broke another record by
becoming the first woman to win five times in one night, taking
home the awards for Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, Best
R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best New
Artist. During an acceptance speech, she said, "This is crazy.
This is hip-hop!" Hill had brought forth a new, mainstream
acceptance of the genre.
In February 1999, Hill received four awards at the 30th Annual NAACP
Image Awards. In May 1999, she became the youngest woman ever
named to Ebony magazine's 100+ Most Influential Black Americans
list; in November of that year, the same publication named her as
one of "10 For Tomorrow" in the "Ebony 2000:
Issue". In May 1999, she made People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful
People list. The publication, which has called her
"model-gorgeous", praised the 5-foot-4-inch (1.63 m) Hill for
her idiosyncratic sense of personal style. In June 1999, she
received an Essence Award, but her acceptance speech, where she said
there was no contradiction in religious love and servitude and
"[being] who you are, as fly and as hot and as whatever," drew
reaction from those in the public who thought she was not a good role
model as a young, unwed mother of two. This was a repetition of
criticism she had received after the birth of her first child, and she
had said that she and Marley would soon be married. In early 2000,
Hill was one of many artists and producers to share the Grammy Award
for Album of the Year for Santana's 1999 multi-million selling
Supernatural, for which she had written, produced, and rapped on the
track "Do You Like the Way" (a rumination on the direction the world
was headed, it also featured the singing of
CeeLo Green and the
signature guitar runs of Carlos Santana). She was also nominated for
Best R&B Song for "All That I Can Say", which she had written and
produced for Mary J. Blige. Also, her concocted duet with Bob Marley
on "Turn Your Lights Down Low" for the 1999 remix tribute album Chant
Down Babylon additionally appeared in the 1999 film The Best Man and
later received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with
In November 1998, New Ark filed a fifty-page lawsuit against Hill, her
management, also her record label, claiming that Hill "used their
songs and production skills, but failed to properly credit them for
the work" on Miseducation. The musicians claimed to be the primary
songwriters on two tracks, and major contributors on several others,
though Gordon Williams, a prominent recorder, engineer, and mixer on
Miseducation, described the album as a "powerfully personal effort by
Hill" and said "It was definitely her vision." Hill responded that
New Ark had been appropriately credited and now were seeking to take
advantage of her success. New Ark requested partial writing
credits on most of the tracks on the album as well as monetary
reimbursement. After many delays, depositions took place during
the latter part of 2000. In part, the case illustrated the
difficult boundaries between songwriting and all other aspects that
went into contemporary arranging, sampling, and recording. The
suit would eventually be settled out of court in February 2001, with
Hill paying New Ark a reported $5 million. A friend of Hill's
later said of the suit, "That was the beginning of a chain effect that
would turn everything a little crazy."
2000–2003: Self-imposed exile and
MTV Unplugged No. 2.0
Hill began writing a screenplay about the life of Bob Marley, in which
she planned to act as his wife Rita. She also began producing a
romantic comedy about soul food with a working title of Sauce, and
accepted a starring role in the film adaptation of Toni Morrison's
novel Beloved; she later dropped out of both projects due to
pregnancy. She also reportedly turned down roles in Charlie's
Angels (the part that went to Lucy Liu), The Bourne Identity, The
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
During 2000, Hill dropped out of the public eye. The pressures of fame
began to overwhelm her. She disliked not being able to go out
of her house to do simple errands without having to worry about her
physical appearance. She fired her management team and began
attending Bible study classes five days a week; she also stopped doing
interviews, watching television and listening to music. She
started associating with a "spiritual advisor" named Brother
Anthony. Some familiar with Hill believe Anthony more resembled a
cult leader than a spiritual advisor, and thought his guidance
probably inspired much of Hill's more controversial public
She later described this period of her life to Essence saying "People
need to understand that the
Lauryn Hill they were exposed to in the
beginning was all that was allowed in that arena at that time… I had
to step away when I realized that for the sake of the machine, I was
being way too compromised. I felt uncomfortable about having to smile
in someone's face when I really didn't like them or even know them
well enough to like them." She also spoke about her emotional
crisis, saying, "For two or three years I was away from all social
interaction. It was a very introspective time because I had to
confront my fears and master every demonic thought about inferiority,
about insecurity or the fear of being black, young and gifted in this
western culture." She went on to say that she had to fight to
retain her identity, and was forced "to deal with folks who weren't
happy about that."
In July 2001, while pregnant with her third child, Hill unveiled her
new material to a small crowd, for a taping of an
special. An album of the concert, titled
MTV Unplugged No.
2.0, was released in May 2002 and featured only her singing and
playing an acoustic guitar. Unlike the near-unanimous praise of
Miseducation, 2.0 sharply divided critics.
AllMusic gave the album 4
out of 5 stars, saying that the recording "is the unfinished,
unflinching presentation of ideas and of a person. It may not be a
proper follow-up to her first album, but it is fascinating."
Rolling Stone called the album "a public breakdown" and Robert
Hilburn of the
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times said the album's title opened Hill up
for jokes that she had become unhinged.
NME wrote that "Unplugged
2.0 is a sparse and often gruelling listen, but there is enough genius
shading these rough sketches to suggest that all might not yet be
lost." With the mixed reviews and no significant radio airplay, 2.0
debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, but then quickly
fell down the charts and ended up selling less than 500,000 copies
in the U.S. Neither the album nor its songs placed in the 2002
Pazz & Jop Critics Poll. Her song "Mystery of Iniquity" was
nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance
and used as an interpolation by hip-hop producer/songwriter Kanye West
for his single "All Falls Down", as sung by Syleena Johnson.
Around 2001, Marley and Hill's third child, Joshua Omaru, was
born. He was followed a year later by their fourth, John
Nesta. While Hill sometimes had spoken of Marley as her husband,
they never married, and along the way she was informed that Marley had
been previously married at a young age. Furthermore, according to
Rolling Stone report, he had never secured a divorce; but
Marley later disputed this and made public to a blog a 1996 divorce
document from Haiti. The two had been living in a high-end Miami
hotel, but around 2003 she moved out into her own place in that
city. Hill later said that she and Marley "have had long periods
of separation over the years". Hill slowly worked on a new album
and it was reported that by 2003,
Columbia Records had spent more than
$2.5 million funding it, including installing a recording studio
in the singer's Miami apartment and flying different musicians around
By 2002, Hill had shut down her non-profit Refugee Project. She
said, "I had a nonprofit organization and I had to shut all that down.
You know, smiling with big checks, obligatory things, not having
things come from a place of passion. That's slavery. Everything we do
should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us. It
should be passionate."
In December 2003, Hill, during a performance in Vatican City, spoke of
the "corruption, exploitation, and abuses" in reference to the
molestation of boys by Catholic priests in the
United States and the
cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials. High-ranking
church officials were in attendance, but
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II was not
present. The Catholic League called Hill "pathologically
miserable" and claimed her career was "in decline". The following
day, several reporters suggested that Hill's comments at the Vatican
may have been influenced by her spiritual advisor, Brother
2004–2009: Sporadic touring and recording
Hill performing in Central Park, New York, 2005
In 2004, Hill contributed a new song, "The Passion", to The Passion of
the Christ: Songs. A remix version with
John Legend of his "So High"
ended up receiving a
Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B
Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Around this time, Hill
began selling a pay-per-view music video of the song "Social Drugs"
through her website. Those who purchase the $15 video would only
be able to view it three times before it expired. In addition to the
video, Hill began selling autographed posters and Polaroids through
her website, with some items listed at upwards of $500.
For the first time since 1997, the
Fugees performed in September 2004
Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Dave Chappelle's Block Party in the
of Brooklyn. The concert featured Hill's nearly a cappella rendition
of "Killing Me Softly". The event was recorded by director Michel
Gondry and was released on March 3, 2006, to universal acclaim.
Fugees also appeared at
BET Awards 2005 during June 2005, where
they opened the show with a 12-minute set. One track, "Take It Easy",
was leaked online and thereafter was released as an Internet single in
late September. It peaked at number forty on the Billboard R&B
Chart. In 2005, she told USA Today, "If I make music now, it will
only be to provide information to my own children. If other people
benefit from it, then so be it." When asked how she now felt about
the songs on 2.0, she stated "a lot of the songs were transitional.
The music was about how I was feeling at the time, even though I was
documenting my distress as well as my bursts of joy."
Fugees embarked on a European tour in late 2005. Old tensions
between Hill and the other members of the group soon resurfaced, and
the reunion ended before an album could be recorded; Jean and Michel
both blamed Hill for the split. Hill reportedly demanded to be
addressed by everyone, including her bandmates, as "Ms. Hill"; she
also considered changing her moniker to "Empress". Hill's
tardiness was also cited as a contributing factor.
Lauryn Hill performing in Brazil in 2007
Hill began touring on her own, although to mixed reviews; often
arriving late to concerts (sometimes by over two hours), performing
unpopular reconfigurations of her songs and sporting an exaggerated
appearance. On some occasions, fans have booed her and left
early. In June 2007,
Sony Records said Hill had been recording
through the past decade, had accumulated considerable unreleased
material and had re-entered the studio with the goal of making a new
album. Later that same year, an album titled Ms. Hill, which
featured cuts from Miseducation, various soundtracks contributions and
other "unreleased" songs, was released. It features guest appearances
Rah Digga and John Forté. Also in June 2007, Hill
released a new song, "Lose Myself", on the soundtrack to the film
In early 2008, Marley and Hill's fifth child, Sarah, was born.
The couple were not living together, although Marley considered them
"spiritually together" even while listing himself as single on social
media. Hill later said that she and Marley "have [had] a long and
complex history about which many inaccuracies have been reported since
the beginning" and that they both valued their privacy. By August
2008, Hill was living with her mother and children in her hometown of
South Orange, New Jersey.
Reports in mid-2008 claimed that
Columbia Records then believed Hill
to be on hiatus. Marley disputed these claims, telling an
interviewer that Hill has enough material for several albums: "She
writes music in the bathroom, on toilet paper, on the wall. She writes
it in the mirror if the mirror smokes up. She writes constantly. This
woman does not sleep". One of the few public appearances Hill made
in 2008 was at a
Martha Stewart book-signing in New Jersey, perplexing
some in the press. In April 2009, it was reported that Hill would
engage in a 10-day tour of European summer festivals during mid-July
of that year. She performed two shows for the tour and passed out on
stage during the start of her second performance and left the stage.
She refused to give refunds to angry consumers for the show. On
June 10, Hill's management informed the promoters of the Stockholm
Jazz Festival, which she was scheduled to headline, that she would not
be performing due to unspecified "health reasons." Shortly
afterward, the rest of the tour was canceled as well.
2010–present: Further activities and imprisonment
In January 2010, Hill returned to the live stage and performed in
stops across New Zealand and Australia on the Raggamuffin Music
Festival. Many of the songs that Hill had performed and recorded
over the past six years were included on an April 2010 unofficial
compilation album titled Khulami Phase. The album also features a
range of other material found on the Ms. Hill compilation. Hill
appeared at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, California, in June
2010, her first live American performance in several years. An
unreleased song called "Repercussions" was leaked via the Internet in
late July 2010, debuting at number 94 on Billboard's Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (and peaked at number 83 the following week),
making it her first Billboard chart appearance as a lead artist since
Hill and her backing musicians performing at Coachella Valley Music
Festival in California in 2011
Hill joined the
Rock the Bells
Rock the Bells hip-hop festival series in the U.S.
during August 2010, and as part of that year's theme of rendering
classic albums, she performed
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its
entirety for the first time. She increased the tempo and urgency
from the original recording, but at times had difficulty in
communicating with her band. Hill continued touring, including a
set at the 6th Annual Jazz in the Gardens, in Miami Gardens, Florida
in December. In Spring 2011, Hill performed at the Coachella
Valley Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and at The
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In July 2011, Hill gave birth to her
sixth child, Micah, her first not with Rohan Marley; the father
remains publicly unknown.
In February 2012, Hill performed a new song titled "Fearless Vampire
Killer", during a sold-out performance at the Warner Theater in
Washington, D.C. In late 2012, Hill toured with rapper Nas; her
portion of the tour, titled Black Rage, is named after her song,
released October 30. Hill has described the song as being "about
the derivative effects of racial inequity and abuse" and "a
juxtaposition to the statement 'life is good,' which she believes can
only be so when these long standing issues are addressed and
In June 2012, Hill was charged with three counts of tax fraud or
failing to file taxes (Title 26 USC § 7202 Willful failure to collect
or pay over tax) not tax evasion on $1.8 million of income earned
between 2005 and 2007. During this time she had toured as a
musical artist, earned royalties from both her records and from films
she had appeared in, and had owned and been in charge of multiple
corporations. In a long post to her Tumblr, Hill said that she had
gone "underground" and had rejected pop culture's "climate of
hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism
and ageism." She added that, "When I was working consistently without
being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid
my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from
society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and
my family." On June 29, 2012, Hill appeared in the United
States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark and
pleaded guilty to the charges; her attorney said she would make
restitution for the back taxes she owed. By April 22, 2013, Hill
had paid back only $50,000 of the $554,000 she owed immediately; U.S.
Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo criticized Hill, saying "This is
not someone who stands before the court penniless. This is a criminal
matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort
here to pay these taxes." Hill also faced possible eviction from
her rented home in South Orange as well as a civil lawsuit from the
town for running a business out of a home without a zoning
On May 4, 2013, Hill released her first official single in over a
decade, "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)". She later published
a message on her
Tumblr describing how she was "required to release
[it] immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline." The
release received some criticism for lyrics that appeared to tie
societal decay to certain LGBT social movements. Hill responded
that the song was not targeted at any particular group but was instead
focused on anyone hiding behind neurotic behavior. Following a
deal with Sony Music, which involves Hill creating a new record label
within the company, Hill was said to be scheduled to release her first
album in fifteen years during 2013.
On May 6, 2013, Hill was sentenced by Judge Arleo to serve three
months in prison for failing to file taxes/tax fraud and three months
house arrest afterwards as part of a year of supervised
probation. She had faced a possible sentence of as long as
36 months, and the sentence given took into account her lack of a
prior criminal record and her six minor-aged children. By
this point Hill had fully paid back $970,000 in back taxes and
penalties she owed, which also took into account an additional
$500,000 that Hill had in unreported income for 2008 and 2009. In
the courtroom, Hill said that she had lived "very modestly"
considering how much money she had made for others, and that "I
am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an
economic system imposed on me." Hill reported to the
Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury
Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury on July 8,
2013, to begin serving her sentence.
Hill was released from prison on October 4, 2013, a few days early for
good behavior, and began her home confinement and probationary
periods. She put out a single called "Consumerism" that she had
finished, via verbal and e-mailed instructions, while
incarcerated. Judge Arleo allowed her to postpone part of her
confinement in order to tour in late 2013 under strict
During 2014, Hill was heard as the narrator of Concerning Violence, an
award-winning Swedish documentary on the African liberation struggles
of the 1960s and 1970s. She also continued to draw media
attention for her erratic behavior, appearing late twice in the same
day for sets at
Voodoo Fest in November 2014.
In May 2015, Hill canceled her scheduled concert outside
Tel Aviv in
Israel following a social media campaign from activists promoting the
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. She said she had wanted to
also perform a show in
Ramallah in the
West Bank but logistical
problems had proved too great. Hill stated: "It is very important to
me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of
alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans."
Hill contributed her voice to the soundtrack for What Happened, Miss
Simone?, a 2015 documentary about the life of Nina Simone, an American
singer, pianist, and civil rights activist. Hill was originally
supposed to record only two songs for the record, but ended up
recording six. She also served as a producer on the compilation
alongside Robert Glasper. Hill said of her connection to Simone:
"Because I fed on this music ... I believed I always had a right to
have a voice. Her example is clearly a form of sustenance to a
generation needing to find theirs. What a gift."
praised Hill's performance on the soundtrack, stating: "This album
mainly showcases Lauryn Hill's breadth and dexterity. Not formally
marketed as Hill's comeback album, her six tracks here make this her
most comprehensive set of studio recordings since The Miseducation of
Lauryn Hill in 1998."
In April 2016, Hill hosted and headlined what was billed as the
inaugural Diaspora Calling! festival at the Kings Theatre in
Brooklyn. The festival's purpose was to showcase the efforts of
musicians and artists from around the
African diaspora like Brooklyn
Haitian Rara band Brother High Full tempo. The following month,
Hill was approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes late for her show at the
Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, though members of
Hill's team claimed it was only an hour after their scheduled start
time. Moments after the less than 40 minute show ended due to the
venue's strict 11:00pm closing time, Hill said her driver had gotten
lost and she could not help that. Less than 48 hours later, after
a large backlash from her fans on Twitter, she took to her Facebook
page and stated she was late for the concert because of certain needs,
including her need to "align her energy with the time."
Lauryn Hill discography
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
As the World Turns
Kira Johnson (television, recurring)
Here and Now
Unnamed (television, single appearance)
King of the Hill
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Rita Louise Watson
ABC Afterschool Specials
Malika (television, single appearance)
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"Everything Is Everything"
"Turn Your Lights Down Low"
"Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)"
As the World Turns
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Blunted on Reality
Blunted on Reality (1994)
The Score (1996)
Bootleg Versions (1996)
Greatest Hits (2003)
"Refugees on the Mic"
"Killing Me Softly"
"Ready or Not"
"No Woman, No Cry"
"Rumble in the Jungle"
"Take It Easy"
Grammy Award for Best New Artist
Bobby Darin (1960)
Bob Newhart (1961)
Peter Nero (1962)
Robert Goulet (1963)
The Swingle Singers
The Swingle Singers (1964)
The Beatles (1965)
Tom Jones (1966)
No award given (1967)
Bobbie Gentry (1968)
José Feliciano (1969)
Crosby, Stills & Nash (1970)
The Carpenters (1971)
Carly Simon (1972)
Bette Midler (1974)
Marvin Hamlisch (1975)
Natalie Cole (1976)
Starland Vocal Band
Starland Vocal Band (1977)
Debby Boone (1978)
A Taste of Honey (1979)
Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones (1980)
Christopher Cross (1981)
Sheena Easton (1982)
Men at Work
Men at Work (1983)
Culture Club (1984)
Cyndi Lauper (1985)
Bruce Hornsby and the Range (1987)
Jody Watley (1988)
Tracy Chapman (1989)
Milli Vanilli (1990; withdrawn)
Mariah Carey (1991)
Marc Cohn (1992)
Arrested Development (1993)
Toni Braxton (1994)
Sheryl Crow (1995)
Hootie & the Blowfish (1996)
LeAnn Rimes (1997)
Paula Cole (1998)
Lauryn Hill (1999)
Christina Aguilera (2000)
Shelby Lynne (2001)
Alicia Keys (2002)
Norah Jones (2003)
Maroon 5 (2005)
John Legend (2006)
Carrie Underwood (2007)
Amy Winehouse (2008)
Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band (2010)
Esperanza Spalding (2011)
Bon Iver (2012)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2014)
Sam Smith (2015)
Meghan Trainor (2016)
Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper (2017)
Alessia Cara (2018)
Grammy Award for Album of the Year
The Music from Peter Gunn
The Music from Peter Gunn –
Henry Mancini (1959)
Come Dance with Me! –
Frank Sinatra (1960)
The Button-Down Mind of
Bob Newhart –
Bob Newhart (1961)
Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy at Carnegie Hall –
Judy Garland (1962)
The First Family –
Vaughn Meader (1963)
The Barbra Streisand Album
The Barbra Streisand Album –
Barbra Streisand (1964)
Getz/Gilberto – Stan Getz,
João Gilberto (1965)
September of My Years –
Frank Sinatra (1966)
A Man and His Music –
Frank Sinatra (1967)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band –
The Beatles (1968)
By the Time I Get to Phoenix –
Glen Campbell (1969)
Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1970)
Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel (1971)
Carole King (1972)
The Concert for Bangladesh – Various (1973)
Stevie Wonder (1974)
Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale –
Stevie Wonder (1975)
Still Crazy After All These Years
Still Crazy After All These Years –
Paul Simon (1976)
Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life –
Stevie Wonder (1977)
Fleetwood Mac (1978)
Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees/Various (1979)
52nd Street –
Billy Joel (1980)
Christopher Cross –
Christopher Cross (1981)
Double Fantasy –
John Lennon and
Yoko Ono (1982)
Toto IV – Toto (1983)
Michael Jackson (1984)
Can't Slow Down –
Lionel Richie (1985)
No Jacket Required
No Jacket Required –
Phil Collins (1986)
Paul Simon (1987)
The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree – U2 (1988)
George Michael (1989)
Nick of Time –
Bonnie Raitt (1990)
Back on the Block
Back on the Block –
Quincy Jones and various artists (1991)
Unforgettable... with Love –
Natalie Cole (1992)
Eric Clapton (1993)
The Bodyguard –
Whitney Houston (1994)
MTV Unplugged –
Tony Bennett (1995)
Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill –
Alanis Morissette (1996)
Falling into You
Falling into You –
Celine Dion (1997)
Time Out of Mind –
Bob Dylan (1998)
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill –
Lauryn Hill (1999)
Supernatural – Santana (2000)
Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature –
Steely Dan (2001)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (2002)
Come Away with Me
Come Away with Me –
Norah Jones (2003)
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below –
Genius Loves Company
Genius Loves Company –
Ray Charles and various artists (2005)
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – U2 (2006)
Taking the Long Way
Taking the Long Way –
Dixie Chicks (2007)
River: The Joni Letters –
Herbie Hancock (2008)
Raising Sand –
Robert Plant &
Alison Krauss (2009)
Taylor Swift (2010)
The Suburbs –
Arcade Fire (2011)
Babel – Mumford & Sons (2013)
Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories –
Daft Punk (2014)
Morning Phase –
Taylor Swift (2016)
24K Magic –
Bruno Mars (2018)
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