A mother, a singer, a producer, and more. Lauryn Hill started achieving great works when she was just a young girl. She has stolen all of our hearts with her charming and velvet voice. Regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, Hill now also has become the only artist in music history, officially! But how did she end up here? Here is what she achieved so far and how she becomes the only artist with her successful and inspiring life.
Lauryn Noell Hill is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She was a member of the hip hop group Fugees until she left and released her own solo album back in 1998. Hill had gathered wide acclaim for leading the hip-hop culture and female rappers. She broke the barriers there used to be and inspired other rapper females as in the process. Lauryn Hill also brought a new breath to hip-hop by popularizing melodic rapping and made this music popular.
After she left The Fugees, she released her world-wide hit and her first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many awards and became one of the best-selling albums of all-time. And now, Lauryn Hill has officially become the only artist in music history, whom every single studio album released be certified diamond by selling 10 million.
What is Lauryn Hill’s legacy?
Lauryn Hill is considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. In 2012, VH1 ranked Hill as one of the Greatest Woman in Music and she has influenced many artists of various genres. Billboard also ranked her as the seventh greatest rapper of all time. She became one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Even Beyoncé has referred to Lauryn Hill as one of the best hip-hop rappers ever. Also, music critics acclaimed her as well and commented as “few artists have marked culture as profoundly as Hill did with her solo debut”
While she was a member of The Fugees, Hill won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album along with becoming the first female artist to win the award. But her tumultuous romantic relationship with Jean led to The Fugees split in 1997. So she began working on her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It was her first solo album which sold 400,000 plus copies in just its first week. It was a record for the highest first-week sales by a female artist back that time.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The album was released when she was just 23 years old. Although it’s been 20 years since its release. It’s still considered the best rap album ever made by a woman, according to most people. While on tour with The Fugees, Lauryn Hill meets Rohan Marley, Bob Marley’s son, and got pregnant. So what she experienced during this process inspires her to write her album’s song lyrics.
The album was nominated for ten Grammy Awards and won five of them that night. These awards include Album of the Year, becoming the first hip hop album to win this award. On the other hand, Hill also broke the record at the time for most wins for a female artist in one night. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill also listed in the most famous critics’ lists on tops.
And now in 2021, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making Hill the first female hip hop artist to achieve this. She became a pioneer in the Neo-Soul genre when the album became one of the first in the genre to achieve mainstream success.
Who did Lauryn Hill inspire?
Lauryn Hill pioneered the melodic technic style of rapping and singing in her whole music career. Her style has become popular and inspired many modern artists like Beyoncé, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West to emulate her.
Hill has written songs for even Michael Jackson including Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, CeCe Winans, and produced songs for Whitney Houston, Santana, and more.
Lauryn Hill also has a career as an actress which you maybe saw. Considering her fascinating career but also being able to care for 6 children at the same time, it is not a surprise for us her collecting new title as Only Artist in Music History. Can’t say she didn’t earn it. So, congrats!
Here is one of the most famous works of here down below. Enjoy while listening!