‘Miseducation,’ missteps and one Ms. Lauryn Hill

No, it’s not “Purple Rain”-era Prince. It’s Ms. Lauryn Hill, last weekend at the Rock the Bells show in California.

The timeline

Although it’s been almost a decade since Lauryn Hill has released a new album, the Grammy-winning singer is headlining Rock the Bells for the second year in a row. While she may not have the most prolific recording career, many of hip-hop’s lea-ders cite Ms. Hill as an influ- ence, and what she lacks in recorded output, she makes up for in interesting history.

1987: Along with school pals Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, Hill forms the Fugees.

1994: While Hill is a freshman at Columbia University, the Fugees release their debut, “Blunted On Reality.”

1996: The Fugees follow-up, “The Score” becomes one of the biggest hip-hop albums of all time. Having gained respect as an MC, Hill’s singing voice leads to their biggest hit, “Killing Me Softly” and two Grammys.
1997: Hill has her first of five children with Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley.

1998: Her soulful and conscious solo debut, “The Mis-education Of Lauryn Hill” sits at Billboard’s No. 1 for four weeks. Later that year she is dogged by rumors that she told MTV she’d “rather starve than have white people buy her albums.” Hill calls into the Howard Stern Show to deny the rumors. MTV also calls the allegations false.

1999: Hill becomes the first woman nominated in 10 Grammy categories in one year and the first to win five in one night, including Album Of The Year.

2002: After stepping away from the spotlight, Hill drops “MTV Unplugged No. 2.0,” debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. While most ar-tists had used the unplugged format to rework earlier hits, Hill doesn’t revisit any previously released songs. The sparse arrangements feel more like a collection of de-mos than a complete work. Her song “Mystery of Iniquity” would later be the basis of one of Kanye West’s early hits, “All Falls Down.”

2004-2006: The Fugees reunite for “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party,”  and perform on the BET Awards, but after a short tour, old tensions reappear. Hill is said to insist on being called “Ms. Hill.” In an interview she refers to the group as “a conspiracy to control, to manipulate and to encourage dependence”

2007-2010: Rumors of Hill’s erratic behavior continue. Performances receive mixed reviews and she is frequently late for shows. In June 2010, she tells NPR that she has plans to start recording.

After having a sixth child, Hill receives positive reviews headlining Rock the Bells again with greats like Nas, Rae- kwon and Ghostface performing classic albums in their entirety. She performs the 18 million-selling “Miseducation.”


Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.


Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.


Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…


U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…


Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.


Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…


Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.


Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.


Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…


Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…