Lauryn Hill, who was born and raised in Orange, N.J., is going on tour this summer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her landmark 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
In 1997, Hill and her Fugees bandmates Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel had all began working on solo projects. Hers was to be Miseducation, her only solo studio album.
Released in August 1998, Miseducation, a rap/sung hybrid, became a phenomenon on the strength of the singles Doo Wop (That Thing) and Everything is Everything. It won five Grammy Awards in 1999, including Album of the Year. It is one of two rap albums to win music’s biggest prize; the other was Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and sold over 400,000 copies in its first week, making Hill the first female artist to reach that mark. The Miseducation was also nominated for 10 Grammys and won five, setting more records. The album has since sold over 19 million copies worldwide.
Hill is revisiting the album with a North America-wide tour that kicks off in July, she is also headlining the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Since the album’s success, Hill has only performed sporadically most recently this week at Nina Simone’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.