HERSource is bringing in Women’s History Month with a fun photo series featuring some of the most legendary women in Hip Hop. In celebration of the ladies’ contributions to the music and culture, we revamped their iconic images featuring different models for a new editorial shoot we’ll be rolling out each day this week.
Today [Wednesday, March 16] we’re presenting the incomparable Lauryn Hill.
Origin: East Orange, New Jersey
Associated Acts: The Fugees, Nas, The Marley family, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo
Albums: Blunted on Reality (1994), The Score (1996), The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill [solo] (1998), MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 [solo] (2002)
Honors/Awards: Part of the 1st Group album to reach number 62 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, 2nd Group album peaking number 1 on U.S. Billboard 200; selling 17 million copies worldwide and Grammy Award for Best Rap Album + Rolling Stones list of 500 greatest albums of all time, also Best R&B performance by a Duo or Group with vocals, solo album sold over 400 thousand copies 1st week; 12 million worldwide, first woman to be Grammy nominated in (10) categories in 1-year, 1st youngest female named to be Ebony magazine’s 100+ Most influential Black Americans list
Model: Tamara Spencer
TheSource.com: What is your favorite song by Lauryn Hill?
Tamara: “Zion.” It was for her son she carried while creating the album. “Look at your career,’ they said/Lauryn baby use your head’/ But instead I chose to use my heart,” referred to those who told her to consider an abortion so she wouldn’t ruin her career.
Q: What do you like most about her?
A: Lauryn wrote music that moved you. Each song had a powerful message, whether it was about relationships, self love or life.
Q: What do you think she did for Hip Hop?
A: Hip Hop music is natural expression. She literally married Hip Hop and R&B in her songs, she transformed it. Giving it rawness. She put her personal testimonies in her music and helped create an avenue for honest and socially-conscious dialogue in music.