Happy Birthday, L-Boogie: Here's 12 Stories About Lauryn Hill You Should Read
Haappppy Birrrtthhdaaaay, Lauryn Hill!
The South Orange, New Jersey legend turns 42 today (May 26) and has consistently been a part of real audiophile’s playlists since first hitting the scene on 1994’s Blunted on Reality as a member of The Fugees (Tranzlator Crew). Cut from the cloth of the Queen Latifah‘s, Monie Love‘s and Bahamadia‘s — Miss Hill stood out from her contemporaries as a more than celebrated MC, singer-songwriter and performer when The Fugees’ The Score went six times platinum and became a certified hip-hop classic.
There isn’t a person on this planet who doesn’t sing “Fu-Gee-La” loud AF in public places, or tries to go in whenever “Killing Me Softly” blares out of speakers. When The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill dropped in 1998 — she literally and figuratively changed the game as we knew it. That following year during the 1999 Grammy Awards, she was celebrated as our new age Michael Jackson, taking home five awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. It remains her biggest, critical hit and only solo studio album.
A survivor, a mother, an artist through-and-through, Lauryn Hill remains one of the most beloved and revered artists in the game. And on this, her 42nd revolution around the sun, we are proud to call her one of our most fiercest creators and we love the power that she holds over us as listeners (plus we want some new work!). Below, cherish Miss Lauryn Hill’s memory and best moments by reading, watching and digesting these 12 stories that take place over the course of the last five-to-six years of her professional career. Enjoy these stories from Questlove, late night performances and cherished moments from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody and photographer T. Eric Monroe.