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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 May 1975South Orange, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameLauryn Noelle Hill
Nickname L-Boogie
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lauryn Hill, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multi-talented Fugees. Their first album, "Blunted On Reality", went virtually unnoticed by the public; their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, "The Score", which featured "Killing Me Softly". That album stills remains the worldwide top-selling rap album of all time (17 million units shipped). She earned two Grammys (Best Rap Album and Best R&B Performance by a duo or group) in 1996 and gave birth to Zion (alleged father is Bob Marley's son) before releasing her self-written and self-produced solo album, "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill", which topped Billboard charts the moment it came out.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kirillka

Trade Mark (1)

Dreadlocks, husky voice

Trivia (12)

Has 5 children from her relationship with Rohan Marley: Zion David Marley (born August 3, 1997), Selah Louise Marley (born November 12, 1998), Joshua Omaru Marley (born January 26, 2002), John Nesta Marley (born 2003) and Sarah Marley (born 2008).
Broke singer/songwriter Carole King's previous record of four Grammy awards in one night. [February 1999]
Attended Columbia for a year.
In the video for her 'Everything is Everything' in the restaurant sequence when she is sitting down she is wearing a yellow top with the word 'Selah' on it which is the name of her second born child Selah Louise.
Her second solo album, 'MTV Unplugged 2.0', an ambitious two-CD set released on May 7, 2002, was recorded live with just Hill on vocals and acoustic guitar. It contains all-new, original material, as well as in-between song banter, and was introduced as an installment of MTV2's 'Unplugged' series. Selling only 470,000 copies, it was a relative failure.
Went to the same high school as Garden State (2004) director/actor, Zach Braff.
Graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, which also produced actors Roy Scheider (Jaws), Elizabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Andrew Shue (Melrose Place), Zach Braff (Scrubs), and musician Max Weinberg (the E Street Band and Late Night with Conan O'Brien).
Her former long-term partner Rohan is the son of Bob Marley and Janet Dunn-Hunt.
Ranked #17 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists along with The Fugees.
Ranked #22 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
She had a son on July 23, 2011. The name of the baby and the name of the baby's father has not been revealed.
May 6, 2013 - Convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to three months in prison.

Personal Quotes (43)

Consequence is no coincidence.
I had to confront my fears and master my every demonic thought about inferiority, insecurity, or the fear of being black, young, and gifted in this Western culture.
Be honest, brutally honest. That is what's going to maintain relationships.
Reality is easy. It's deception that's the hard work.
We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it.
That strong mother doesn't tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.
When I was working, and when I was making substantial amounts of money, I always filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped, when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.
I don't know anybody that's not emotionally unstable or schizophrenic.
I do support artists standing by their beliefs and walking with integrity. We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music while giving artists their proper respect. This cannot be done while taking their contributions for granted or trying to control the scope of their growth and power through threats and fear tactics.
For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.
Real religion is no religion at all.
The less I have, the freer I am to do whatever I want to do.
I never did anything I'm really ashamed of.
You don't know how much artists go through to make it look so easy. It's all in the practice.
I believe God will make a way.
What was freely given to me, I freely give.
People need to understand that the Lauryn Hill they were exposed to in the beginning was all that was allowed in that arena at the time. I had to step away for the sake of the machine. I was being way too compromised. I felt uncomfortable having to smile in someone's face when I really didn't like them or know them well enough to like.
Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us.
Hip-Hop isn't just music, it is also a spiritual movement of the blacks! You can't just call Hip-Hop a trend!
I need to be surrounded by people as passionate and as dedicated as I am.
This life is a process of learning.
I think what people are attracted to about me, if anything, is my passion. People got exposed to my passion through music and song first.
We have to make sure the music and the message and the words and all the elements come through in our songs and every time we appear in public.
We don't want people to have expectations of us, but then we have expectations of everybody else.
To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.
We call ourselves creators and we just copy.
I tried to manipulate and control people, and I harbored resentment. I wanted to be forgiven, but I wouldn't forgive others.
Nobody's going to force me to do something against my will. What do I owe anybody that I should submit my will to them?
I got into direct confrontation with everybody I love.
When you're young and everything dramatic is exciting, you start to believe that hype that, in order to be an artist, you have to suffer. I've graduated from that school.
Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.
I don't need anybody to market or promote me. If people don't want to hear this music, then it's not for them. You cannot please everybody.
As musicians and artists, it's important we have an environment - and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the industry, that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society.
Being young and female in America, you watch a lot of T.V., and you grow up on false images of what love truly is. We think the man with the best rap will protect and save us, about it's not usually that way. Then you learn love is something deeper and purer in form.
When I have a creative insight, there is a high. I think back in the day, I made music as much as I did because it made me feel so good. I think you could argue that there is a creative addiction - but, you know, the healthy kind.
The danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution.
With The Fugees initially, and even with 'Miseducation', it was very hip-hop - always a singing over beats. I don't think people have really heard me sing out. So if I do record again, perhaps it will have an expanded context. Where people can hear a bit more.
Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities.
From the first time someone says, Who do you think you are? we learn how to repress.
Let optimists rule the world.
I'm trying to open up my range and really sing more. With The Fugees initially, and even with 'Miseducation,' it was very hip-hop - always a singing over beats. I don't think people have really heard me sing out. So if I do record again, perhaps it will have an expanded context. Where people can hear a bit more.
I have a couple of all-time favorites: Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
I wouldn't even hold my kids sometimes because I didn't want them to spit up on me when I was dressed for an awards show.

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