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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. They toured worldwide in 2004 with Ben Kweller, The Vines, The Music and Sparta amongst others to promote their new album. The three Fugees were reunited on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn, New York. Also released in 2004 was the single "Megalomaniac" with a bonus song "Monuments and Melodies". Hill's nickname is "L-boogie.". One song left off the album, the 26-minute long instrumental entitled "The Odyssey" featured on the Halo 2 soundtrack. A fourth child was born in 2003. Other singles were "Talk Shows on Mute" and "Agoraphobia".

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. The first single off of ACLOTM was "Megalomaniac", which raised controversy when it was said to be an attack on the Bush administration and was banned from daytime view on MTV, despite the band saying that it was not an attack on a particular person, rather a comment on some people's negative attitudes. 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. It combined the experimental leanings of S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Fungus Amongus with the melodic rock of Make Yourself and Morning View. 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. Their newest album, A Crow Left of the Murder, released in 2004 was a new turn for the band. 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. Over a year after creation, the foundation has raised under $400,000, giving to organisations such as the International Red Cross, the Painted Turtle, Operation Smile and the Surfrider Foundation.

Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews. The Make Yourself Foundation does not accept cash donations from fans. 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. Incubus also releases a CD series of "bootlegs" which feature recordings of live appearances and exlusive material, which directly benefit the charity. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm). Funds are gathered solely from ticket sales, merchandise, events, online auctions and album proceeds. This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. The Make Yourself Foundation was started by the founding members of the band in 2003 as a non-profit organization which donates to causes the band deems worthy.

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. Also on the main stage were The Donnas, Jurassic 5, A Perfect Circle, Queens of the Stone Age, Audioslave, and Jane's Addiction. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans.". In 2003, the new Incubus played at the newly-revived Lollapalooza concert. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. He seems to have impressed because he was announced as the replacement for newly departed bassist Alex Katunich. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. The band later said this was his 'audition'.

In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. Added to the line-up of the Time Lapse Consortium was Ben Kenney on the bass, from the band The Roots. 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. A bootleg was released of the show at the Roxy in Los Angelas. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work. He also asked for help from Suzi Katayama, who had worked on Morning View, to arrange the orchestra. 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. However, despite his intention of a solo project, he ended up enlisting all the remaining members of the band, except Chris Kilmore.

Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro. He wrote the music himself and it came out as a jazz/funk mix. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. During the break, guitarist Mike Einziger set up the Time Lapse Consortium. He gathered together a group of musicians to perform a select number of shows. 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. This new info was not released to the general public and the band took a break from Incubus to deal with the news and to take a breather from the constant pressure of writing music. 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. Dirk Lance), decided to leave the group.

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. After the tour, bassist Alex Katunich(a.k.a. 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). Incubus was allowed to design a Civic given away in a drawing. 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. In April 2002, the band hit the road again, this time as the headline band for Honda's Civic Tour with Hoobastank. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. Coupled with this, the band were now selling out big arenas and became a household name in the industry.1 (http://enjoyincubus.com/bio.html).

Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. The success of Morning View and "Wish You Were Here" marked the band as a truely popular, mainstream rock band, reaching #2 in the billboards, with Morning View reaching #2 in the album charts, selling 440,000 copies in its first week. 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. The other singles from the album were "Nice To Know You", "Warning" and "Are You In" and a radio single, "Circles". She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. In interviews, the band all appeared very positive about their latest release; as Brandon Boyd puts it, "we all moved into a magnificent, Malibu mansion, set up our gear in the living room with a view of the ocean, and began creating what would be our most free-flowing work to date." The band also released a DVD after this album, featuring a live performance at the Morning View Mansion, footage of the band in the mansion, a photo gallery and the cut and un-cut versions of Wish You Were Here. 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. The house was located on a street named "Morning View"; hence the name.

Download sample (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/LaurynHillRedemptionSong.ogg) of Hill covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". The sound of the record is generally seen as a reflection of that environment, as opposed to the basement where S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was recorded. The album was a much more mellow record as opposed to the hard sounds on Make Yourself and S.C.I.E.N.C.E., thus coming into criticism from veteran fans but still retained such rockers as Have You Ever and Under My Umbrella. This album was recorded in a mansion on the Pacific coast of California. Morning View was released on October 23, 2001.

It was replaced with footage from the band in the Morning View Mansion where the album was recorded. Originally the video showed the band running from a group of screaming girls, forcing them to jump off a bridge into a river. "Wish You Were Here", the first single from the group's next album, Morning View was released on August 21, 2001, and reached number two in the US. At the end of September the video for "Wish You Were Here" was released, after being re-cut in order to make it more "viewable" in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. The "Drive" video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the category Best Group Video, but the award went to *NSYNC.

The band also played in Australia and Japan, before touring with Hoobastank in the United States. 2001 was a busy year for the band, when Incubus went on the road with Hundred Reasons in the summer and played the Area One Festival before their Make Yourself went Double Platinum, selling two million copies. Fungus Amongus was re-released on November 7th, 2000, as a response to demand for the independently released album. During the year 2000, Incubus toured with Queen Adreena, 311, Deftones and Taproot and played Ozzfest again.

Later the DVD, When Incubus Attacks Volume 2 was also released, featuring live footage, music videos and various backstage footage. In the first week of its release (August 22nd, 2000), When Incubus Attacks Volume 1 sold almost 40,000 copies, and reached number 41 on the US Billboard Album Charts. After playing the Ozzfest tour again, a six song EP, When Incubus Attacks Volume 1, was released. The next single, "Drive," did one better, reaching #1 and giving the band a new, mainstream following.

It reached #2 in the Billboard Charts. "Stellar" was the second single released from Make Yourself, and the video was played on MTV and TRL. The single reached #3 in the Billboard Music Charts. "Pardon Me" was released as a single and -- as MTV began playing the video -- the band began to gain a mainstream following.

Immediately they went out on tour again, this time with Primus. The album was a much more mainstream rock album than the experimental S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. After touring with Black Sabbath, Incubus began recording Make Yourself, which was released on October 26, 1999. A live recording of the song "New Skin" appeared on the Family Values compilation CD.

The band then continued to tour, playing in Europe and America with the likes of Sugar Ray, Hoobastank, 311, Far, One Minute Silence, Cold, Limp Bizkit, (hed) p.e., Snot, Soulfly, System of a Down, Korn, Papa Roach, as well as playing the Warped Tour for three dates, the Ozzfest and the Family Values tour in the summer and fall of 1998. In February 1998, DJ Lyfe was asked to leave because of trouble within the band and Chris Kilmore was brought in to fill the vacant position. "A Certain Shade Of Green" was the only single from the album and didn't make a dent in the singles charts. S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was released on September 9, 1997.

Incubus collaborated with DJ Greyboy to produce the song "Familiar" for the Spawn movie soundtrack in 1997. Many songs from Fungus Amongus were rereleased on Enjoy Incubus, but were touched up. Enjoy Incubus was released on Immortal Records on January 7 of that year, exactly two years after the band's second demo. Between that release and their 1997 major label debut EP, Enjoy Incubus, the band acquired DJ Lyfe, who introduced hip-hop sounds to the band's already diverse mix of music.

On November 1, 1995, Fungus Amongus was released on the band's own label,Stopuglynailfungus Music on Chillum. On January 7, 1995, the demo tape Incubus was released, featuring songs that would later appear on their first album, Fungus Amongus, and their EP, Enjoy Incubus. One song of interest from this demo was "Bathe In My Snot", which harnessed much of the band's newly created energy. For the next few years, Incubus continued to play live and write music, which cumulated in their first demo recording released in 1994, titled Closet Cultivation.

In 1991, after adopting the name Incubus, the band began playing at parties in their neighborhood. At this time they began writing their own music. They asked their friend, Brandon Boyd to join and he became the vocalist. They mostly played Metallica and Megadeth covers and were able to get a few gigs at friend's parties.

Jose Pasillas, Alex Katunich, Mike Einziger began jamming together while at Calabasas High School in 1990. "Incubus" is latin for "nightmare." Mike says that the name was chosen because it sounded silly; Brandon holds that it was chosen because they were teenagers and the definition had the word "sex" in it. After a few failed choices, Mike looked in a thesaurus and chose "Incubus" almost at random. The band needed to think of a name hours before their first show.

Dirk Lance) (bass). Former members of the band include DJ Lyfe (turntables) and Alex Katunich (a.k.a. Incubus is an eclectic rock band, that consists of five men from Calabasas, California: Brandon Boyd (vocals and percussion), Mike Einziger (guitar), Ben Kenney (bass), Jose Pasillas (drums) and DJ Kilmore (turntables). There is also a demon called an incubus..

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