Lauryn Hill has only released one solo album but has spawned an incredible legacy which has lasted the past 21 years.
As well as her album debut in 1998, the R&B singer also released two albums with hip-hop group, the Fugees. Ahead of Ms. Lauryn Hill's upcoming gig at Cork's Independent Park, we take a look at some of the world's biggest talent tackling her most iconic songs.
'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' has gone down in history as one of the best debut albums from a female R&B artist ever. And rightly so, as the album went on to win many awards and earn critical acclaim. The first single to be released from Hill's debut was 'Doo Wop (That Thing)', and it's been covered by countless fans and international artists alike - one of whom is Rihanna, who performed it in Milan in 2008.
Another cover of 'Doo Wop (That Thing)' for you - but this time it's from Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys, who does can do justice to just about anything. Performing at this year's 61st Grammy Awards, Keys put all her fellow piano players to shame by bringing two grand pianos on stage and performing a medley. Included in her performance is also Robert Flack's 'Killing Me Softly', which the Fugees made famous in their 1996 album 'The Score'.
Beyoncé covered Ms. Lauryn Hill's 'Ex-Factor' during her and husband Jay Z's 2014 'On The Road' tour, mixing it with her number one hit 'If I Were A Boy'. Upon hearing Beyoncé had covered her song, Hill tweeted to her fans in 2004, "I heard a snippet of Beyoncé performing 'Ex-Factor'. What a beautiful voice she has and what a wonderful acknowledgment. Soooo gifted." Come on ladies, do a collaboration - you know you want to.
Australian radio station Triple J hosted British artist Rudimental in 2013, who fused together a cover of the Fugees' international hit 'Ready or Not'. The group mixed the lyrics of the song with their own track 'Hell Could Freeze', and it makes for one awesome R&B mash-up. In case you didn't know, ex-US President Barack Obama has listed this song as his number one of all-time.
Jessie J took part in China's 2018 singing series 'Singer' - and ended up walking away with the crown. A reality-TV show, the series saw top Chinese and international artists perform cover versions of songs, in the hopes of making it through each episode - essentially it's the 'X-Factor' for already established pop-stars but mostly made up of Chinese singers we wouldn't know. Jessie J is the only non-Chinese winner of the series and performed a stunning rendition of 'Killing Me Softly'.
*Bonus* Lauryn Hill
For many, Hill's acting role alongside Whoopi Goldberg as Rita Louise Watson in 'Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit' was when we first discovered her incredible voice and following its success, a star was born. Hill performed two gospel cover songs in the 1993 comedy, a duet of 'His Eye is on the Sparrow', and the epically '90's-looking finale of 'Joyful Joyful'.
The legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill will be playing at the Irish Independent Park, Cork on Wednesday, June 26th. Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster.ie.