Lauryn Hill

(Lauryn Noelle Hill)

Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
  • Born: May 26, 1975
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Rapper

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Lauryn Noelle Hill is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many awards and broke several sales records. Raised mostly in South Orange, New Jersey, Hill began singing with her music-oriented family during her childhood. In high school, Hill was approached by Pras Michel for a band he started, which his friend, Wyclef Jean, soon joined. They renamed themselves the Fugees and released the albums Blunted on Reality (1994), and the Grammy Award–winning The Score (1996), which sold six million copies in the U.S. Hill rose to prominence with her African-American and Caribbean music influences, her rapping and singing, and her rendition of the hit "Killing Me Softly". Her tumultuous romantic relationship with Jean led to the split of the band in 1997, after which she began to focus on solo projects.

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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. Society ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Be honest, brutally honest. That is what's going to maintain relationships. Relationships
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us. Religion & God
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. Freedom & Liberty
From the first time someone says, Who do you think you are? we learn how to repress. Time
Hip-Hop isn't just music, it is also a spiritual movement of the blacks! You can't just call Hip-Hop a trend! Music, Chants & Rapps
I believe God will make a way. Religion & God
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. Respect ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I don't know anybody that's not emotionally unstable or schizophrenic.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
I got into direct confrontation with everybody I love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
I have a couple of all-time favorites: Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
I need to be surrounded by people as passionate and as dedicated as I am.
I never did anything I'm really ashamed of.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
I tried to manipulate and control people, and I harbored resentment. I wanted to be forgiven, but I wouldn't forgive others.
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.
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.
Let optimists rule the world.
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?
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. Nature
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. Time
Real religion is no religion at all. Religion & God
Reality is easy. It's deception that's the hard work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Nature
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.
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.
The less I have, the freer I am to do whatever I want to do.
This life is a process of learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
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.
We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it. Life
We don't want people to have expectations of us, but then we have expectations of everybody else.
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. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
What was freely given to me, I freely give.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Society ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Money, Coins & Minting
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.
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.
You don't know how much artists go through to make it look so easy. It's all in the practice.