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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American hip hop singer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees. She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. Her acting roles included the TV show As the World Turns (as "Kira Johnson" in 1991), and the film Sister Act II: Back in the Habit, the latter of which showcased her vocal abilities. Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. This was followed by The Score, a multi-platinum selling album that established all three Fugees (Hill, Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean) as international successes.

Hill's other acting work includes the television series "King of the Hill" (as "Arletta the Elevator Operator"), the play "Club 127," and the motion pictures Hav Plenty (1997) and Restaurant (1998). She appeared as a singer in the soundtracks for Conspiracy Theory in 1997 on the track, "Can't take My Eyes Off of You," and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2001 on the "Selah" track.

In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a critical smash hit that ended up on numerous best-of lists for the year, decade and all time. Among the singles on the album was "Doo Wop (That Thing)." In 1999's Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated eleven times and won Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, setting a new record for a female performer. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro.

Soon after, Hill and her recording company were sued by Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Johari Newton and Tejumold Newton, known as "New Ark Entertainment," who claimed to have been denied full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work.

Hill is noted as a humanitarian, and in 1996 she received an Essence Award for work which has included the 1996 founding of the Refugee Project, an outreach organization that supports a two-week overnight camp for at-risk youth, and for supporting well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, as well as for staging a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration. In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans."

In 1996, a call to the Howard Stern radio show stated that the caller heard Hill say "I would rather die than have a white person buy one of my albums" during an MTV interview. This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm)

Though a Fugees reunion was discussed by all of the members of the group, it has not yet happened, reportedly due to conflicts between the three Fugees, including a much-rumored feud between Hill and Wyclef Jean. Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews.

On December 13, 2003, Hill shocked officials at the Vatican by denouncing them for "corruption, exploitation, and abuses," apparently in reference to allegations of the child molestation of boys by Catholic officials in the United States of America and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials. Among those in attendance were Edmund Cardinal Szoka, American-born President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City, and President of the Governatorate of Vatican City. Two days later Pope John Paul II told a group of Bishops from Sudan that, "Scandalous behavior must at all times be investigated, confronted and corrected" in the Catholic Church.

Hill has four children by her husband, retired (American) football player Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae artist, Bob Marley: Zion David Marley, born 1997, Selah Louise Marley, born 1998, and second son Joshua, born 2002. A fourth child was born in 2003.

Hill's nickname is "L-boogie."

The three Fugees were reunited on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn, New York. They headlined a bill that included a star-studded cast of who's who in hip hop, including Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and others.

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They headlined a bill that included a star-studded cast of who's who in hip hop, including Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and others. (all from 1997). The three Fugees were reunited on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently working on an album he plans to put out in 2005 in which he says would herald back to his classic 12 Play period. Hill's nickname is "L-boogie.". His current hit is a duet with rapper Ja Rule and singer Ashanti titled "Wonderful". A fourth child was born in 2003. Ironically, Kelly has referred to himself on record as the Pied Piper of R&B.

Hill has four children by her husband, retired (American) football player Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae artist, Bob Marley: Zion David Marley, born 1997, Selah Louise Marley, born 1998, and second son Joshua, born 2002. Kelly accused Jay-Z's entourage of attacking him. Two days later Pope John Paul II told a group of Bishops from Sudan that, "Scandalous behavior must at all times be investigated, confronted and corrected" in the Catholic Church. Kelly halfway through the tour, after R. Among those in attendance were Edmund Cardinal Szoka, American-born President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City, and President of the Governatorate of Vatican City. Jay-Z eventually removed R. On December 13, 2003, Hill shocked officials at the Vatican by denouncing them for "corruption, exploitation, and abuses," apparently in reference to allegations of the child molestation of boys by Catholic officials in the United States of America and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials. This release is timed to coincide with The Best of Both Worlds Tour.

Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews. It debuted at #1 in the US Billboard albums chart. Though a Fugees reunion was discussed by all of the members of the group, it has not yet happened, reportedly due to conflicts between the three Fugees, including a much-rumored feud between Hill and Wyclef Jean. Kelly and Jay-Z released a follow up to the Best of Both Worlds album in October 2004 under the new name Unfinished Business which includes 11 previously unreleased tracks by the duo. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm). In 2004, he decided to release a two-sided double-album showing his different sides titled Happy People/U Saved Me with one side celebrating club-going smooth dance-oriented soul cuts and the other showcasing Kelly's inspirational side. This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. His collaborations with several other acts became modest hits that year also.

In 1996, a call to the Howard Stern radio show stated that the caller heard Hill say "I would rather die than have a white person buy one of my albums" during an MTV interview. His productions on the Isley Brothers' Body Kiss album helped land the album at #1. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans.". Kelly's February release of the album started off an eventful year musically for the singer-songwriter-producer as he would produce the #1 hit "Bump, Bump, Bump" for the now-defunct teen group B2K. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. The album became a big success yielding the number two hit "Ignition" and the top 10 single, "Step In the Name of Love" as well as the top 20 single, "Snake". She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Despite the controversies, Kelly moved on with his career releasing his first album since the allegations came up with the 1960s and 1970s-era soul music-inspired Chocolate Factory in 2003.

In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. In 2004, allegations emerged that among Kelly's sordid tapes was one including gospel singer, Deleon Richards, who is also the wife of NY Yankees' Gary Sheffield. Hill is noted as a humanitarian, and in 1996 she received an Essence Award for work which has included the 1996 founding of the Refugee Project, an outreach organization that supports a two-week overnight camp for at-risk youth, and for supporting well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, as well as for staging a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration. Kelly himself was said to have been rather offended by the sketch. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work. Despite the apparent parody nature, R. Soon after, Hill and her recording company were sued by Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Johari Newton and Tejumold Newton, known as "New Ark Entertainment," who claimed to have been denied full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album. Kelly pouring his pee and "Doo-Doo" Butter on teenage girls.

Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro. In 2003, Dave Chappelle made a skit showing R. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. However, the charges were dropped after the search which led to the indictment was ruled illegal. Among the singles on the album was "Doo Wop (That Thing)." In 1999's Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated eleven times and won Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, setting a new record for a female performer. In addition to those charges, Kelly was indicted in Florida in January 2003 on 12 counts of possession of child pornography. In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a critical smash hit that ended up on numerous best-of lists for the year, decade and all time. The tape showed seven sex acts, and in June 2002[1] (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/rkelly1.html), Kelly was indicted in Chicago for seven counts of soliciting a minor for child pornography, seven counts of videotaping the acts, and seven counts of producing child pornography.

She appeared as a singer in the soundtracks for Conspiracy Theory in 1997 on the track, "Can't take My Eyes Off of You," and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2001 on the "Selah" track. Bootleg copies of the tape became widely available on the black market. Hill's other acting work includes the television series "King of the Hill" (as "Arletta the Elevator Operator"), the play "Club 127," and the motion pictures Hav Plenty (1997) and Restaurant (1998). While witnesses have identified Kelly and the girl, the girl herself and her parents have denied that she is shown on the tape. This was followed by The Score, a multi-platinum selling album that established all three Fugees (Hill, Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean) as international successes. But they weren't prepared for the explosion awaiting to happen when in February 2002, an unknown source sent a video tape to the Chicago Sun Times newspaper that showed Kelly and a 14-year-old daughter of an associate and niece of a former Kelly protege engaging in sex. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. People remembered that messing with underage girls got Kelly in hot water when he married Aaliyah.

Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. The troubles following Kelly's alleged rapports with underage girls go as far back as 1991 when several young women had accused the singer of having sex with them. Her acting roles included the TV show As the World Turns (as "Kira Johnson" in 1991), and the film Sister Act II: Back in the Habit, the latter of which showcased her vocal abilities. Released in 2002, The Best of Both Worlds debuted at #2 on the Billboard pop albums chart but with no singles and due to a controversy Kelly endured for allegedly making a sex tape with him and an underage teenage girl helped to make the album a disappointment for both Kelly and Jay-Z as he didn't want to be near the singer during his case. She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. By a couple of years, his collaborations with Jay-Z finally led to what was supposed to be a history-making project as the rapper and the singer teamed up to record an album together. Lauryn Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American hip hop singer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees. on the single, "Loving You Tonight", on the late rapper's Life After Death album and was the man to make hits off of songs for Puff Daddy (Satisfy) and Fat Joe (We Thuggin').

Download sample (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/LaurynHillRedemptionSong.ogg) of Hill covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". He also became noted for his hooks on other artists' singles including a collaboration with the late Notorious B.I.G. But the album's third biggest single screamed out Marvin Gaye in his post-Let's Get It On period and Kelly's earlier hit "Bump & Grind", the loosely and humor-filled "Feelin' n Your Booty". In 2000, Kelly returned to his lover man persona with TP-2.Com (a sequel to his 1993 classic album). Ironically the biggest singles weren't based on his sexuall prowess - "I Wish" (a top 10 pop and #1 R&B record) was dedicated to the people Kelly adored who passed away including his mother and a best friend from the old days and "Fiesta" (whose remix version featured acclaimed rapper Jay-Z and a top 5 Pop and #1 R&B single) was about partying. selling over 8 million copies alone.

R. would become Kelly's biggest-selling album in the U.S. It also featured the soul anthem for love-gone-wrong songs "When A Woman's Fed Up" and the Sam Cooke-inspired "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". That album featured a smash with pop superstar Celine Dion titled "I'm Your Angel", which became Kelly's second #1 single on the Billboard pop singles chart. Kelly took two years off from music until coming back with the ambitious double concept album, R. in 1998.

He was also nominated in the Song of the Year and Record of the Year categories for that particular song. The inspirational song became a number two smash at the end of the year and helped Kelly win three Grammy Awards including Best R&B Song. In 1996, fresh off the success of his own albums and off of producing hits for other artists, Kelly would release his most successful single ever with the theme song from the Michael Jordan movie, Space Jam - "I Believe I Can Fly". The latter's singles became the first in music history to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 at #1.

In 1995, Kelly found his huge success as a songwriter penning hits for R&B group Changing Faces and pop and R&B music legends Janet Jackson (producing the remix for Jackson's 1994 smash, "Any Time, Any Place") and Michael Jackson (penning and co-producing the single, "You Are Not Alone" for Jackson's HIStory album in 1995). Before then, people had perceived Kelly to be a sexual deviant because of the lyrics on 12 Play. He released his self-titled album in 1995, which, like its predecessor, became a big success selling over 5 million copies and unleashing classics like "You Remind Me of Something" (a Top 5 Pop and #1 R&B record in 1995), "I Can't Sleep (Baby If I)" (a Top 10 Pop and R&B single in 1996) and his collaboration with legendary R&B singer Ronald Isley of the famed Isley Brothers, "Down Low" (a Top 10 pop and R&B record in 1996). That album was hailed by some as the singer's most mature record. After his brush with controversy, Kelly returned to the studio to record his third album (his second solo effort) in the studio he now owned.

Kelly's alleged antics of falling in love with teenaged women would begin to haunt the singer nearly ten years later but at the time that marriage was brushed off to the side with the denials of their union by both singers. The marriage was quickly annulled and Aaliyah ended her partnership with Kelly going on to a hugely successful career that was short-lived when she died of a plane crash on August 25, 2001. Kelly and Aaliyah allegedly married in 1994 despite the fact that Kelly was then 27 and Aaliyah only 15. Starting with singer Aaliyah, he found huge success for Aaliyah with the songs "Back and Forth" and "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number" off the album of the same name of the latter hit.

Kelly was now so big that by 1994 he was able to produce for other acts. Released that fall, 12 Play fully launched Kelly's career into the stratosphere and yielded the smash hits "Sex Me", "Your Body's Calling" and the monster #1 sex romp "Bump & Grind". It only took him a few months to captivate the sounds that would fully launch the young musician as one of the singular most great talents of music during much of the 1990s. By 1993, Kelly was on his own.

A huge R&B success, the album would yield the featured songs as the hits and would eventually go Platinum selling over a million copies. Within a few months, songs like "She's Got that Vibe", "Slow Dance", "Dedicated", "Definition of a Hottie" and "Honey Love" would be the featured songs in Born Into the '90s, which was released several days after Kelly's 25th birthday in 1992. After forming the group Public Announcement, he and the group went into the recording studio in the end of 1990 and recorded much of what would be Born Into the '90s at a recording studio Kelly leased. A young musical executive by the name of Wayne Williams sought Kelly and helped get him sign to his first and only record label, Jive Records, in the end of 1989.

By 1988, Kelly had started to develop his unique sounds playing his keyboards and becoming a street performer. Guided by his teacher Lena McLin, Kelly entered a career in music after wowing his high school friends singing the classic Stevie Wonder ballad, "Ribbon in the Sky" at a talent show in 1984. After a shooting by a mugger as a teenager, Kelly looked to basketball and music to get him away from the atmosphere that had consumed so many young Black individuals in the projects. Born into poverty and distress in Chicago's Southside projects, young Robert and his two brothers and sister and mother Joanne struggled to survive in the streets.

Some of his most popular material has had critics compare him to legends like Marvin Gaye, whom they consider Kelly as his heir apparent in terms of soul and R&B music. Kelly (born Robert Slyvester Kelly, January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an R&B and soul singer, songwriter and producer who found international acclaim in the 1990s for his diverse talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and musician. R. "Best Original Song from a Soundtrack" (I Believe I Can Fly).

"Best R&B Male Vocal Performance (I Believe I Can Fly). "Best R&B Song" (I Believe I Can Fly). 2004 "Big Chips" (with Jay-Z) #39 US. from Unfinished Business

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    Kelly & Ashanti) #1 UK, #5 US. R. 2004 "Wonderful" (Ja Rule feat. from R.U.L.E. (Ja Rule album)

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      2004 "Happy People/U Saved Me" #6 UK. from Happy People/U Saved Me

        . Kelly) #4 US, #3 UK. R.

        2004 "Hotel" (Cassidy feat. from Split Personality (Cassidy album)

          . 2003 "Thoia Thong" #13 US. 1
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            in R&B Collection, Vol. from The R. 2003 "Step in the Name of Love" #9 US (2004 release), #14 UK (double A-side with Thoia Thong in the UK). Big Tigger) #16 US, #10 UK.

            2003 "Snake" (feat. 2003 "Ignition Remix" #2 US, #1 UK. from Chocolate Factory

              . 2002 "Honey" (with Jay-Z) #35 UK.

              from The Best of Both Worlds

                . 2002 "The World's Greatest" #34 US, #4 UK. from Ali soundtrack
                  . 2001 "Fiesta" #6 US, #23 UK.

                  2001 "The Storm Is Over Now" #18 UK. 2001 "Feelin' on Yo Booty" #36 US. 2000 "I Wish" #14 US, #12 UK. from TP-2.Com

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                    2000 "Only the Loot Can Make Me Happy" #24 UK. from R.

                      . Kelly) #2 US, #8 UK. R.

                      2000 "Satisfy You" (Puff Daddy feat. from Forever (Puff Daddy album)

                        . 1999 "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" #12 US, #2 UK. Nas) #27 US, #20 UK.

                        1999 "Did You Ever Think" (feat. 1998 "When a Woman's Fed Up" #22 US. 1998 "I'm Your Angel" (with Celine Dion) #1 US, #3 UK. Keith Murray) #17 UK.

                        1998 "Home Alone" (feat. 1998 "Half on a Baby" #16 UK. from R.

                          . Kelly) #7 UK.

                          R. 1998 "Be Careful" (Sparkle feat. from Sparkle (Sparkle album)

                            . 1997 "Gotham City" #9 US, #9 UK.

                            from Batman & Robin soundtrack

                              . 1996 "I Believe I Can Fly" #2 US, #1 UK (1997 release). from Space Jam soundtrack
                                . 1996 "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)" #5 US.

                                1996 "Thank God It's Friday" #14 UK. Ronald Isley) #4 US, #23 UK. 1996 "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)" (feat. 1995 "You Remind Me of Something" #4 US, #24 UK.

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                                  . from R. 1995 "The 4 Play EPs" (Your Body's Callin'/Homie, Lover, Friend/Honey Love/Slow Dance) #23 UK. non-album single
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                                    1994 "She's Got That Vibe" (re-issue) #3 UK. from Born into the 90's

                                      . 1994 "Summer Bunnies" #23 UK. 1994 "Your Body's Callin'" #13 US, #19 UK.

                                      1994 "Bump N' Grind" #1 US, #8 UK (1995 release). 1-2" #20 US. 1993 "Sex Me, Pts. from 12 Play

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                                        1993 "Dedicated" #31 US. 1992 "Honey Love" #39 US. from Born into the 90's

                                          . 2004 Unfinished Business (with Jay-Z) #1 US.

                                          2004 Happy People/U Saved Me #2 US, #11 UK. 1 (compilation) #4 US, #4 UK. in R&B Collection, Vol. 2003 The R.

                                          2003 Chocolate Factory #1 US, #10 UK. 2002 The Best of Both Worlds (with Jay-Z) #2 US, #37 UK. 2000 TP-2.com #2 US. 1998 R #2 US, #27 UK.

                                          1995 R. Kelly #1 US, #18 UK. 1992 12 Play #2 US, #20 UK. 1991 Born into the 90's #42 US.

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