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Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, perhaps the most acclaimed album of the 1990s, will now be inducted into the United States Library of Congress Recording Registry this year, 17 years after it was released. Laced with honesty and a Black feminist approach to love, pregnancy and culture, the former Fugees member’s solo album was deemed brilliant by critics and fans, alike.
In their press release, The Library of Congress said of their choice:
“Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on “Zion,” and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on “I Used to Love Him” and “Nothing Even Matters,” respectively.”
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was inspired by Carter G. Woodson book, The Mis-education of the Negro and written in the attic of her New Jersey home during the pregnancy of her first child, Zion. The recording of the album was officially completed at the Marley family’s Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica.
Below is an interview Lauryn Hill did on why she created The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.
For a moment, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras (collectively known as The Fugees) were hip hop’s superheroes. They stood tall alongside other hip hop groups such as A Tribe Called Quest, Arrested Development and Wu-Tang making the 90’s the golden era of hip hop.
The Fugees were reminiscent of their legendary influences: Bob Marley, Roberta Flack and Nina Simone. They made quality music from an enlighten perspective. When they debuted in 1994 with their debut Blunted on Reality, they were trashed by critics and dismissed by real hip hop fans. They came back victorious two years later with their sophomore release The Score. It was a commercial hit with singles (“Killing Me Softly”, “Ready or Not”) which enjoyed chart topping success.
In a 2009 interview former member Wyclef Jean spoke on where he saw hip hop heading, here’s the transcript:
I think the culture of Hip Hop is spreading through the world and it can’t — it can’t slow down because what happened is—every place there’s communities–and all these communities have they own expression of hip hop and what they wanna talk about. I think rap music in the States — you know, we’re in a situation right now where we’re trying to figure out what it is, you know what I’m saying, because every other person is a Rapper. So what’s gonna determine, you know, your life as a rapper? Every other person’s a rapper, every other person’s talking about Jews, every other person’s talking about champagne, every other person’s talking about they rims and they’re grills.
That’s every other person. So, like, the lifespan of a Rapper now is probably eight months. So we’re like, “Yo, where’s the actual go,” you know what I’m saying? So it’s like, you know, you still got the Commons, you know. You’d have — you still have people that represents they side. T.I. represents his side, Lil Wayne has his side, you know, Common, Kanye, you know what I’m saying; Lupe Fiasco just came and claimed his side. So I think, you know, it could get interesting, but we just need more variety so that it could be sustainable. Because if we don’t get more variety, then what’s gonna end up happening is it’s just gonna get boring.
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The legal troubles are deep and wide for former Fugees members. It looks like Lauryn Hill is not the only one catching heat for what she owes.
Wyclef Jean’s former lawyers filed a six-figure legal judgment because he failed to make payments to help reduce his debt. Despite the lawsuit, Jean’s business manager had some unfortunate news for the musician’s lawyers: Wyclef Jean is broke.
According to The Smoking Gun, Jean’s accountant stated in a January e-mail to creditors: “There ain’t no money.”
According to reports, other records note both federal and state authorities have notified Jean of his $2.9 million tax liens during mid-2012. Currently, this amount remains outstanding. Based on information received from the New York State Supreme Court filings, Wyclef Jean agreed to pay the law firm of firm Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman a settlement of $100,000 to resolve his outstanding bill of $133,000.
Jean was required to pay $10,000 by August 1, 2013 and $50,000 at the end of the year. If he made those two payments, the law firm would have waived the remaining $40,000. Records show Jean failed to make those payments and the law firm concluded he would have to pay the entire $100,000, plus ten percent annual interest.
Due to his defunct payments, the Shukat law firm filed another $102,027.40 judgment against Wyclef. Prior to filing the judgment, the law firm notified Jean’s business manager again. Jean’s accountant David Levin told them to proceed with the filing because once again he noted: “In my most professional verbiage…there ain’t no money.”
This is not the first incident where Wyclef Jean has been called out for money issues. When he announced his candidacy to be the President of his home country of Haiti, the IRS came after him with $2.1 million dollars in tax liens. Also the charity for Haiti’s Earthquake Relief Aide supposedly funded the singer and his lavish lifestyle.
Are you surprised about Wyclef Jean’s money problems?
Lauryn Hill is back and we couldn’t be happier. Although she confessed via her Tumblr blog that her latest record “Neurotic Society” was rushed and she was forced to release it before she felt ready, we have 7 reasons why we still love it. The 37-year-old mother of 6 was sentenced to 3 months in jail for tax evasion however we still want Hill to win! Take a look at why we love her new record:
New Music: 7 Reasons Why We Love Lauryn Hill’s New Single
Pras Isn’t Convinced That Lauryn Hill Will Have To Serve Prison Time Becuse Lindsay Lohan Didn’t Have To
90s songstress Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in prison last week for tax evasion, but her former Fugee’s group member Pras Michel isn’t convinced that she’ll actually have to serve any time though. TMZ recently caught up with the 40-year-old Brooklynite to pick his brain about whether or not he thinks there will be a Fugees reunion and to get the scoop on what he thinks of Lauryn’s sentencing.
“Any chance of you guys getting back together?” the cameraman asked Pras, who was seated in his navy blue vehicle.
“Eh, I don’t know about that,” Pras said, letting out a chuckle.
When asked if he’s spoken to Lauryn, he revealed that he tried to reach out to her, but she hasn’t returned his calls.
“Nah, I haven’t spoken to her. I did leave a call for her, so you know if she gets back to me… I just wanted to reach out be like, ‘Yo, whatever you need, I got your back.”
The cameraman then suggested that Lauryn would be fine, considering how short her sentence is, but Pras revealed that he isn’t too convinced that she will have to serve any time at all.
“I doubt if she’s going to do three months though. Listen, if Lindsay Lohan doesn’t have to do any time, why would she do time?” Pras asked.
Though Pras may not be taking the sentencing seriously, Lauryn certainly is. Just yesterday we reported that the singer has already put a plan in motion with the assistance of her former beau and baby daddy, Rohan Marley regarding who will care for her six children throughout the duration of her three-month prison stint.
We hope Pras is right, but we won’t hold our breath.
Check out Pras’ interview on the next page. Do you agree with his logic?
Making it in the music industry as a solo artist is hard enough but when there are two or more people in a group, tensions are bound to arise because mo’ money plus mo’ people equal mo’ problems. Although they made beautiful music together, these 15 popular rap and R&B groups just couldn’t set aside their differences in the long run.
Afrocentric alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development became very popular in the early 90’s. Founded by Speech and his former best friend, DJ Headliner, along with Dionne Farris and spiritual leader Baba Oje, they are best known for their song “Everyday People.” In 1993 the group won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. They were also tapped by Spike Lee to record a song for his “Malcolm X” biopic that same year. However, Arrested Development never eclipsed the success they had with their debut album. Their sophomore album was panned by critics and shortly after that the group broke up due to “creative differences.” The band patched things up four years later but things were never the same as they struggled to reclaim their popularity in the U.S. Today, the group continues to tour internationally and released their 10th album in 2012.
I think most of us agree that you should believe in your own talent even if no one else does. However, Drake just might have taken his beliefs about his contribution to music to another level and can now only be summed up in one word: Delusional. During an interview with The Jewish Chronicle, they quote him as saying about his music:
There were people who incorporated melody before me but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.”
I’m sorry, what now? Did the name Lauryn Hill escape you during this interview? Did the name Nate Dogg, who was basically the “king” of singing and rapping hooks slip your mind? Perhaps he was overly excited about the concert he was about to give in London so the names of all the successful rappers who also sang in their songs conveniently disappeared from his mind. If that’s not the case and he really believes that he’s the first successful rapper to mix singing and rapping then he really might be living in a dream world.
Drake also goes on to say that his style of wearing his heart on his sleeve when he creates his songs is not a gimmick. He says, “This is not a gimmick. I just sort of exist and people embrace me. I’m one of the few artists who gets to be himself everyday.” Yes, I suppose that’s why your style is eerily familiar to someone named Kanye West. Yes, that’s why a lot of the music he’s put out lately had a bit of a depressing tone.
But Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah and many others were way years ahead of you incorporating rapping and singing. Never forget it…and show some respect!