Lauryn Hill is a famous American singer, songwriter, and rapper who has contributed over 3 decades of her life to her music career. She has seen many ups and downs in her journey to reach this position.
Hill is best known as a member of the American hip-hop group Fugees. Similarly, some of her notable songs are Everything Is Everything, I Need You Baby, Superstar, and Lost Ones. Also, her few notable singing and rapping credits include songs such as I Get Out, Doo Wop, Ex-Factor, and others.
Lauryn Hill started her career as a singer when she was 13 years old. She along with her friend Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean formed the hip hop band Fugees. The trio released its first album Blunted on Reality in 1994.
After two years, in 1996, the squad again released its other album The Score which won Grammy Award and sold 6 million copies in the United States. 3 years later, Hill released her solo studio album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which had altogether 14 songs.
Her solo debut album was at the 1st position on the U.S. Billboard 200 and sold around 8 million copies which include singles like Doo Wop (That Thing), Ex-Factor, Everything Is Everything, and others.
Similarly, she also has sung songs like Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, I Need You, Baby, I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind, Tell Him, and Final Hour.
Some of her other notable songs include His Eye Is On The Sparrow, Nothing Even Matters, I Used To Love Him, Mystery Of Iniquity, Forgive Them Father, Superstar, and others.
Besides singing, she has also appeared in films such as As the World Turns, King of the Hill, Restaurant, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, and others.
She is worth $8 million as of 2019-all of her fortunes are gathered from her singing, writing, and rapping career.
In 1998, Lauryn earned $25 million from his record sales and touring until 1999. The same year, her solo album earned $8,700,000. Then in 2002, the rapper’s MTV Unplugged 2.0 album sold 1 million copies and gathered $1,050,000. She is considered one of the richest rappers of all time.
Besides her music career, Hill is also involved in acting. She earns hundreds of thousands of salary from her films and TV series. One of her movies, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit gathered $57.3 million at the box office.
Similarly, the other movie of the multi-talented star Hav Plenty made with the box office of $65,000 earned $2,284,034 at the box office.
Hill at the peak of her career earned a whopping $25 million from merchandise sales, touring, and album sales. As people say, “The unpredictability of life sucks. One minute you’re riding high with the wind whipping through your hair and the next minute you’re flat on your ass with a face full of gravel, " same happened in the life of the rapper.
The beginning of her destruction era started when she paid $5 million settlement to a few producers who claimed to help her produce and write some of her songs. The event led to the long album delays, her exit from public life, tax fraud, and many more.
She eventually bounced back, but the path was not easy for her.
44-year-old singer Lauryn launched the Refugee Project in 1996. The organization endeavored to transform the behavior and attitudes of at-risk youth.
Also, she donated for Haitian refugees supporting clean water and well-building projects in Kenya, Uganda. Similarly, she promoted voter registration with a stage rap concert in Harlem.
After that, Hill introduced celebrities like Sean Combs, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, Busta Rhymes, and others as a Board of Trustees for the Refugee Project.
She shut down her project because of the above-mentioned economic crisis. She also said after her association was closed in 2002.
"I had a nonprofit organization and I had to shut all that down. You know, smiling with big checks, obligatory things, not having things come from a place of passion. That's slavery. Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us. It should be passionate."
In early 2012, Lauryn was charged with three counts of tax fraud (Title 26 USC § 7202 Willful failure to collect or pay over tax) for failing to pay $1.8 million of income earned between 2005 and 2007.
During that time, Hill was at the peak of his career, toured as a musical artist and earned handsome royalties from both her films and records.
After the charges, she shared a long post on her Tumblr, stating:
I have gone underground and rejected pop culture's "climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism, and ageism. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I 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."
Following the charges, Hill appeared in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and pleaded guilty to the charges. By April 2013, she paid back only $50,000 of the $554,000, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo criticized Hill, stating:
"This is not someone who stands before the court penniless. This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes."
Hill might have passed judgment for 36 months but she did not get the orders as she has no criminal background. During the time, the millionaire singer paid $970,000 penalty for hiding $500,000 of her income between 2008 to 2009.
Lauryn Hill was born Lauryn Noelle Hill on May 26, 1975, in East Orange, New Jersey, United States. She was born to parents Mal Hill and Valerie Hill.
Lauryn grew up in her hometown along with her sibling, brother, Malaney Hill.
One of the richest rapper Hill graduated from Columbia University.
5 feet 3.5 inches tall singer Lauryn is not married. Prior, she was in a relationship with her former partner Rohan Marley; son of Bob Marley.
The couple together has five children named Sarah Marley, Zion David Marley, Joshua Omaru Marley, John Nesta Marley, and Selah Louise Marley.
Besides that, Hill also has one more son with her mysterious partner as Rohan has denied being the father of Hill's sixth baby.