A Dedication to Lauryn Hill: A Journey through Her Inspirational Music Career

It’s no secret that Lauryn Hill has touched the lives of many generations with her soulful voice and awe-inspiring lyrics. Despite her many music hiatuses, Lauryn Hill’s music career still resonates with people almost two decades later and acquires new fans as the year’s progress. Through her music, Lauryn Hill made us more conscious of how to love ourselves and inspired higher thinking in regards to issues such as capitalism,racism, and other global matters. Lauryn Hill still remains as a voice for the people, and her inspirational music career will forever be an important aspect of music culture. In honor of her music career and the 16th anniversary of the release of her most classic album to date: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, we took the time to highlight her admirable journey.

The Talented Three: The Fugees (1994 – 1996)
During Lauryn Hill’s time with the Fugees, two albums were released: Blunted on Reality and their most known album to date The Score. Their second project The Score featured the hit single “Killing Me Softly” which showcased Lauryn Hill’s bold and versatile vocal abilities and went on to sell 17 million copies. The success of this album earned the Fugees two Grammy awards (Best Rap Album/Best R&B Performance by a duo or group) and the title of the highest selling rap group of all time.

The Golden Album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
Celebrating its 16th anniversary (August 25th, 1998), The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is a critically acclaimed, unforgettable, masterpiece that will never lose its musical touch or connection with the people. The massively well-received album sold 12 million copies, earned five Grammy awards, a Billboard award, a Soul Train and a MTV Music Award. This solo music project embodies musical diversity and incorporates elements of rap, reggae, and R&B in a fluid and cohesive manner. It’s not hard to figure out why so many love this album. It features songs that are packed with raw emotion and target issues that many of us deal with as individuals (betrayal, relationship struggles, spirituality, motherhood, love, and loss.)

MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 (2002)

Injustice through Lauryn Hill’s Eyes: Consumerism (2013)
Shortly after being released from jail for tax evasion, Lauryn Hill released a politically charged single that expounded on the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm that surrounds our world. Below is the visual for the single, jam-packed with thought provoking, visceral images that place emphasis on the injustices of today.

Tribute to Ferguson: Black Rage – Sketch (2014)
Modeled after “My Favorite Things” sung by Julie Andrews from the film “The Sound of Music,”Lauryn Hill made public an old recording that she created in her living room. Despite being an old recording, the lyrics still resonate with relevance to the current scope of prejudices and injustices shown in situations with Ferguson and beyond.

"Black rage is founded on draining and draining.
Threatening your freedom to stop your complaining,"

How has Lauryn Hill’s music inspired you?

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TEEN REPORTER | Jazmin Goodwin (also known by her perfectly fitting alias TheLyricalJAZ) is currently a sophomore at Howard University. Since her arrival, the broadcast journalism major has hit the ground running, juggling the life of a busy student by day and a budding journalist by night. Whether she's scribbling down poems in her prized possession notebook or video blogging about the things she loves, the multitasker can never keep her hands busy with just one thing. As a budding journalist, Jazmin aspires to share with the world all the things that not only make her special, but what makes those around her special as well. All in all, she hopes that in her lifetime she can use her passion for writing to influence and inspire others. Follow her on Twitter + Instagram: @TheLyricalJAZ.