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. (#) no music video exists for song/version of song. The three Fugees were reunited on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn, New York. It was one of the most popular songs on 2004. Hill's nickname is "L-boogie.". Her most popular song out of her entire career is "Milkshake". A fourth child was born in 2003. Her allergic reaction was treated and she was safely released from the hospital.

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. Kelis most recently made news in America not because of a new song but because she was rushed to a hospital in Switzerland, after having had an allergic reaction to nuts that she had consumed in a restaurant there. 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 is unknown whether "In Public" will be released to American radio stations sometime in the near future. 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. Its music video has just begun receiving airplay there as well, but neither the single nor the video will be released in America. 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. At present, Tasty's third single, "Millionaire" (which features Andre 3000), has been released in Europe and is climbing the charts.

Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews. While "Trick Me" was climbing the charts in Europe but languishing in America, the more raw and urban-sounding "In Public" was being predicted as Kelis' best shot at repeating "Milkshake"'s level of success in America. 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. Prior to the summer, it was rumored that Kelis' next American single would be "In Public", a raunchy and vulgar duet with her fiancÚ. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm). "Not In Love", Kelis & Enrique Iglesias' duet, off of Iglesias' album, was also released as a single in 2004 and failed to catch on in America, outside of the club charts. This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. The album's second single, "Trick Me", once again proved to be a smash at radio and video channels in Europe during mid-2004, though the song did not enjoy success in America, where its music video was not even released.

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. Ths single and album were similarly huge in Europe. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans.". Kelis finally did find mainstream success in America in 2003, with her #1 urban, #3 Hot 100 song, "Milkshake"; this helped to propel her album Tasty to the top of the charts. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. Because of Kelis' "featured" status on those tracks, and because of her extremely versatile style, the general public likely never fully realized that several of the biggest hip-hop hits of the past five years have included vocals by Kelis, instead choosing to focus mainly on the rapper who had the lead roles in the hit songs. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Her most notable duets were immensely popular singles and music videos, even in America, during 1999 and the early 2000s decade: "Got Your Money" with Ol' Dirty Bastard, "What It Is" with Busta Rhymes, and "Candy" with Foxy Brown.

In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. She has since worked with a variety of musicians including Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown, OutKast, P. Diddy, Moby, Richard X, and Enrique Iglesias. 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. Kelis, who had moved to Europe during her successful period there, returned to America where she met and fell in love with rapper Nas; the couple were married on January 8th 2005. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work. The album Wanderland was released two years later, exclusively in Europe and Asia, after its lead single, "Young Fresh 'N New", failed to catch on in America; the video for "Young Fresh 'N New" barely registered on American MTV or VH1, but got pretty heavy play on MTV2. 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, the entire album really took off in Europe, where all three singles, "Caught Out There", "Good Stuff", and "Get Along With You", were sizable hits.

Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro. Her debut album Kaleidoscope was, overall, not an American success; though, its debut single "Caught Out There" was a modest-sized urban radio success and a MTV/BET video hit in America. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. After graduation, she formed a band with the Neptunes, and, with their support, landed herself a record deal. 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. She did still go to school, were she formed the R&B trio BLU (Black Ladies United). 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. At age thirteen she left home because her parents couldn't handle her anymore.

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. As a child she sang in church choirs and played violin, piano, and saxophone while attending a private school. 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). "Kelis" is a combination of her black father's and Chinese/Puerto Rican mother's names. 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. Her father, Kenneth, was a jazz musician and a Pentecostal minister; her mother, Eveliss, was a fashion designer. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. Kelis was born in the Harlem section of Manhattan, New York City.

Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. Kelis (born Kelis Rogers, August 21, 1980) is an American singer and songwriter. 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. featuring Lee Harvey & Vita) (2001). She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. "Lap Dance" (N.E.R.D. 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 Funeral" (Clipse) (1999).

Download sample (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/LaurynHillRedemptionSong.ogg) of Hill covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". She also makes cameo appearances in the following Neptunes-related music videos, despite not actually singing on the track:. Kelis sings on all of the above singles and appears in all music videos for those that have them, other than "Oceania". Once the song started to catch on, a sexier video for the song was filmed instead; this is the one that was finally released, but the first one remains viewable on Kelis' website. The first was never released.

Two different videos were filmed for "Milkshake". "Oceania" [remix] (Bj÷rk featurng Kelis) (2004). "Millionaire" (featuring Andre 3000 of OutKast) (2004). "Trick Me" (2004).

"Not In Love" (Enrique Iglesias featuring Kelis) (2004). Diddy featuring Kelis) (2003). "Let's Get Ill" (P. "Finest Dreams" (Richard X featuring Kelis) (2003).

"Milkshake" (2003). "Help Me" (Timo Maas featuring Kelis) (2002). "Take You Home" (Angie Martinez featuring Kelis) (2002). "When The Last Time" (Clipse featuring Kelis) (2002).

"Popular Thug" (featuring Nas) (2002) (#). "Candy" (Foxy Brown featuring Kelis) (2001) (#). "Young, Fresh, 'N New" (2001). "What It Is" (Busta Rhymes featuring Kelis) (2001).

"Cross The Border" (Philly's Most Wanted featuring Kelis) (2001). & Kelis) (2000) (#). "How Many Licks" [remix] (Lil' Kim featuring N.E.R.D. "Supa Love" (Guru featurig Kelis) (2000).

"Honey" [remix] (Moby featuring Kelis) (2000) (#). "Get Along With You" (2000). "Good Stuff" (1999). "Caught Out There" (1999).

"Got Your Money" (Ol' Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis) (1999). Tasty (2003). Wanderland (2001) Released in Europe and Asia only. Kaleidoscope (1999).

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