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The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill at 15

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10 collaborators behind a hip-hop classic By Kathy Iandoli Special to MSN MusicOn Aug. 25, 1998, Lauryn Hill's solo debut album arrived and changed the face of hip-hop music as we know it. The "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" was groundbreaking in its approach, seamlessly weaving rapping and singing into one cohesive work. From heartache to happiness, anger to the unconditional love of motherhood, the former Fugees frontwoman left no emotional stone unturned in her work. Hill broke a record for the most Grammys won by a female artist by taking home five golden gramophones at the 41st Grammy Awards that following year. During her acceptance speech for Album Of the Year, Lauryn gleefully announced "This is crazy, because this is hip-hop music," acknowledging the milestone she reached for the hip-hop culture. As of last year, the album had sold a staggering 18 million copies worldwide and remains as Hill's only solo studio album to date. While Lauryn Hill obviously played the most integral role in creating the project, there are many others behind its genesis. MSN Music has compiled fifteen of the prominent figures that helped shape "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. From muses to musicians, you'd be surprised who assisted in shaping Lauryn Hill's masterpiece.
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