by Lauryn Hill
Hill's first solo album may yet turn out to be her only solo album—but hey, at least it was one of the greatest albums of the late twentieth century.
Hill's follow-up album was recorded live in one night. She plays the guitar on every track, a move considered bold by some, humiliating by others. In any case, the album flopped terribly and was said to expose Lauryn Hill's personal breakdown a little more openly than many audience members wanted.
After a first album that bombed, The Fugees' sophomore effort was considered revolutionary, blending a soul sensibility and reggae inspiration with great hip-hop. Hill's reinterpretation of Roberta Flack’s 1973 hit "Killing Me Softly With His Song" on this album was a radio classic for years to come and paved the way for her solo career.