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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. He has also appeared in the Barbershop movies. The three Fugees were reunited on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn, New York. Cube wrote, produced and starred in Friday, which spawned two sequels Next Friday and Friday after Next. Hill's nickname is "L-boogie.". This led to roles in other movies such as Trespass, Anaconda, and Three Kings. A fourth child was born in 2003. Ice Cube film career began with testing his roles as Doughboy and Fudge in John Singleton's films Boyz N the Hood (1991) and Higher Learning (1995).

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. However in December 2004, after a long break from recording, he reached #2 in the UK singles chart with the club favourite, "You Can Do It" (featuring Mack 10 and Ms Toi), released as a single 5 years after it was first put onto film soundtracks like Next Friday and Save The Last Dance. 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. Cube released several more solo albums; however, he is now known more for his movies than his original, groundbreaking music. 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. Sales were brisk but did not establish a large audience. 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. With Mack 10 and WC, Cube formed the Westside Connection in 1995, releasing their debut album Bow Down later that year.

Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews. Dre on "Natural Born Killaz". 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. He later dueted with Dr. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm). Dre and the West Coast G-Funk sound was dominating American hip-hop. Taking a break from his own albums, Cube assisted on debuts from Da Lench Mob (Guerillas in the Mist) and Kam (Neva Again). This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. Lethal Injection (1993) was not very well-liked by fans or critics, and Dr.

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. After The Predator, Cube's audience began to diminish. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans.". The album debuted at #1 on both the pop and R&B charts, the first album in history to do so. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. Later that year, he converted to the Nation of Islam and released The Predator. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Cube toured on Lollapalooza in 1992 and gained a significant white following.

In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. The album was still a hit. 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. "No Vaseline" and "Black Korea" were allegedly racist, criticizing NWA's former Jewish manager and Korean-owned grocery stores, respectively. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work. Cube's 1991 follow-up, Death Certificate was even more controversial. 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. That was followed by a critically acclaimed turn in Boyz N the Hood, a film by John Singleton.

Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro. Partially to help deflect criticisms, Cube appointed a female rapper named Yo-Yo (who guested on AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted) to the head of his own record label and helped produce her debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. With Da Lench Mob and the Bomb Squad (Public Enemy's producers), Cube recorded his debut album in New York City. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted was released in 1990 and was an instantaneous hit as rap's popularity increased in mainstream society. Though he was criticized for allegedly misogynistic and violent lyrics, even critics had to agree that the album was a groundbreaking, innovative piece of work. 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. Ice Cube left NWA due to financial and personality conflicts in 1989. 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 album was a masterpiece of old school rap and attracted much notoriety for the group, from the FBI and concerned citizen and parent groups.

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. Cube took one year off to earn a degree in architectural drafting in Phoenix, Arizona in 1987 but returned in time to participate in NWA's debut album, Straight Outta Compton. 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). Dre, and MC Ren formed N.W.A. 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. After a brief stint in a group called "HBO", Cube showed Eazy-E "Boyz 'N Da Hood" and the pair, plus Dr. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. Dre.

Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. Cube and a friend, Sir Jinx, rapped as a partnership called "CIA" at parties hosted by Dr. 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. He began writing raps in high school, most notably "Boyz 'N Da Hood", a song which later became famous when done by NWA. She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. Ice Cube, born O'Shea Jackson, was raised in South Central Los Angeles, California by his parents. 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. Ice Cube (born June 15, 1969) is an American actor and controversial rapper, originally a member of the N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit' Attitude) until launching a successful solo career in music and cinema.

Download sample (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/LaurynHillRedemptionSong.ogg) of Hill covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". Four Brothers 2006 - in pre-production. XXX: State of the Union 2005 as Darius Stone. Are We There Yet? 2005 as Nick Persons. Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2004 as Calvin.

Torque 2004 as Trey. Friday After Next 2002 as Craig. Barbershop 2002 as Calvin Palmer. All About the Benjamins 2002 as Bucum.

Ghosts of Mars 2001 as James 'Desolation' Williams. Next Friday 2000 as Craig Jones. Thicker Than Water 1999 as Slink. Three Kings 1999 as SSgt. Chief Elgin.

I Got the Hook Up 1998 as Gun Runner. The Players Club 1998 as Reggie. Anaconda 1997 as Danny Rich. Dangerous Ground 1997 as Vusi Madlazi.

Friday 1995 as Craig Jones. Higher Learning 1995 as Fudge. The Glass Shield 1994 as Teddy Woods. Trespass 1992 as Savon.

Boyz N the Hood 1991 as "Doughboy" Darin. Greatest Hits - Ice Cube 2001 - Compilation. War & Peace - Volume 2 (The Peace Disc) 2000. War & Peace - Volume 1 (The War Disc) 1998.

Featuring Ice Cube 1997 - Compilation. Bootlegs & B-Sides 1994 - Compilation. Lethal Injection 1993. The Predator 1992.

Death Certificate 1991. Kill At Will 1990 - EP. Amerikkka's Most Wanted 1990.

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