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post-5544-1169222591_thumb.jpgLauryn Hill (born May 25, 1975 in South Orange, New Jersey), is a seven-time Grammy award winning musician, and record producer. Initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees, she continued on to a solo career, releasing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and the controversial MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. Lauryn Hill attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. She was an active vocal student, cheerleader, and performer. Hill began her acting career very early. Her earliest roles included the TV show As the World Turns (as Kira Johnson in 1991), and the film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. In Sister Act 2, Hill became widely recognized as both a capable actress and an extremely talented musician.

Hill's gifted voice was demonstrated in her renditions of "Joyful, Joyful" and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" (a duet with Tanya Blount) in Sister Act 2. But her singing gained worldwide acclaim with the Fugees' remake of "Killing Me Softly," accompanied by a sample from A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum". Since her emergence, Lauryn Hill has made her presence known as one of the few artists in the industry who can both sing and rap skillfully, and being dominant & respected in both styles.

The Refugee Camp ("Fugees"), formed after Prakazrel "Pras" Michel approached Hill in high school about joining a music group he was creating. Soon after, she met Pras's cousin and fellow Haﴩan immigrant, Wyclef Jean. At some point, Lauryn Hill was given the alias "L Boogie," as she began to convert her poetic writing into impressive rap verses. Though the Fugees had formed in 1988, Hill's membership was somewhat disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University.

Her other acting work includes the film King of the Hill (as Arletta the Elevator Operator), the play Club XII with MC Lyte, and the motion pictures Hav Plenty (1997) and Restaurant (1998). She appeared as a singer on the soundtracks for Conspiracy Theory in 1997 (on the track "Can't Take My Eyes Off You") and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2002 (on the track "Selah," a song dedicated to her second child, daughter Selah).

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