Ms. Lauryn Hill
One of the artistic personalities who have most characterised the passage of the millennium.
Lauryn Hill gained a reputation in the music world as the only female member of the trio The Fugees (the others were Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel) which was, in the nineties, a champion of record sales, second only to Michael Jackson on the international R&B scene. The Fugees are credited with having brought a genre such as hip hop to the highest artistic levels, combining it also with soul, reggae and Caribbean rhythms. Hill joined the trio while attending Columbia University in New York. The Fugees broke up in 1998, with a temporary reconstitution in 2004-2006, and Lauryn began her career as a soloist, and that same year released her first album entitled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It was an enormous success, as were the singles drawn from it. A success certified by five Grammy Awards (with eleven nominations). The album is considered even today, after more than twenty years, as one of the first and best examples of nu soul. A milestone in contemporary music in which Ms Hill put all her talent as a songwriter and performer on the table.
This was followed in 2002 by a live album, MTV Unplugged No 2.0., which has sold more than a million and a half copies. In 2015 Lauryn Hill contributed with a few performances to the documentary dedicated to the life of Nina Simone.
One of the distinctive traits of Lauryn Hill’s artistic personality is her ability to bring into coherent synthesis the most varied musical influences, the same ones she has assimilated since childhood listening to all kinds of music (jazz, soul, reggae, rock, classical) in her parents’ record collection. Her songs are the result of a refined and personal vision of life, far beyond the conventions and conditioning of show business.