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2. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill


2. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill was already in contention for the crown long before winning five Grammys for her debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. As one-third of the Fugees, L' Boogie quickly established herself as the most talented artist of the crew. By seamlessly blending jaw-dropping lyricism with social commentary, Hill helped make The Score the centerpiece of the Fugees' catalog and, more significantly, an undeniable hip-hop classic.

On her own Miseducation..., though, Lauryn delivered the best fusion of hip-hop and R&B hip-hop has witnessed in a long time. Her brilliant writing flourished from song to song, whether grappling with spirituality ("Final Hour," "Forgive Them, Father") or stroking sexuality without exploiting it ("Nothing Even Matters").

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