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Now a legend in her own right, Lauryn Hill started her performing career as a child actress stealing scenes in the Whoopi Goldberg musical comedy, Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit, which is where Hill first revealed she was a double-threat; not only could she act, but the girl could sing. Hill would go on to appear in a couple more movies and TV shows, but her main focus would soon shift away from acting and toward making music. While still in high school, Hill joined classmate Pras Michel and his cousin, Wyclef Jean, to form The Fugees, which would go on to reinvent the genre of alternative hip-hop with their 1996 masterpiece, The Score, which featured hits like “Ready Or Not,” “Fu-Gee-La” and a now iconic cover of the Roberta Flack classic “Killing Me Softly.”
Then, in 1998, Hill released her infamous solo debut, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, which established her as a true superstar. The album blended elements of rap, hip-hop, soul, blues and R&B, and solidified Hill as the type of multi-faceted talent who doesn’t come around more than once or twice in a lifetime. In 1999, after the overwhelming success of songs like “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Ex-Factor,” Hill became the first woman to be nominated in 10 Grammy categories in a single year. (She walked away with five wins, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.) Much to the dismay of her fans, Hill went into a self-imposed exile in 2000, though she managed to reappear for a few sporadic appearances, like a taping of MTV Unplugged 2.0 in 2001 and a Fugees reunion for Dave Chappelle’s Block Party documentary in 2004.
In more recent years, Hill has reemerged with hints of new music, including the 2013 single, “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix),” which the singer released on her Tumblr. However, no word on when fans can expect a follow-up to Miseducation. Billboard.com noted of Hill’s 2014 Bonnaroo performance, “for those too young to remember the days when neo-soul was all the rage (and for those who can, but still love the classics), Hill’s recent live resurgence is certainly welcome.” With ScoreBig, you save on every Lauryn Hill ticket, every day.