The heavens have been opened and the musical gods have reigned down on us.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of her multiplatinum debut, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the neo soul/hip hop queen herself is returning to St. Louis. First gracing the stage in 2016 at Loufest, Hill’s second performance will be at the Chaifetz Arena.
Known for her raspy lyrics, and soothing vocals—Hill was first introduced to audiences through the 90’s hip hop group—the Fugees which included Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel. Their repertoire of musical melodies was compiled of hip hop, soul and Caribbean music—mostly reggae.
After parting ways with the group in 1997, Hill branched out as a solo artist. In 1998, she released her first album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill—which scored her ten Grammy nominations. Hill was the first woman to be nominated in ten categories in one year. That night, she took home five awards (Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist), including the prestigious award for Album of the Year.
No one would have predicted the album would be the first of only two albums the New Jersey native would have released. In 2002, Hill released a live album– MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, of her acoustic performance—recorded at MTV Studios in Times Square—which would be her last.
Although she hasn’t recorded another album, Hill has had other songs to surface, Blame It On the Sun (Stevie Wonder remake), Sweetest Thing (Love Jones soundtrack), and Lose Myself (Surf’s Up Soundtrack).
Her classic album is still influencing the music industry, since today’s popular artists continue to look to Hill’s soundscape for inspiration. Recently, Drake’s, Nice For What single sampled Hill’s “Ex-Factor.”
Hill’s show is scheduled to take place in St. Louis on Friday, October 5. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, April 20. For more ticket information, visit Live Nation.