That magazine cover right there is how I choose to remember Lauryn Hill, aka L-Boogie. There are reports that she looks quite different these days, has lost her mind and is the sole reason a Fugees reunion may not ever happen.
Now, for those of you who don't know, I LOOOOOOVE Lauryn Hill. I admit that I didn't think she was all that big of a deal back when my cousins used to drool over her, but I did like the Fugees. She got me when she had that killer line in"Ready or Not": 'While you imitatin' Al Capone/I be Nina Simone and defecating on your microphone.'
When Lauryn went solo, things changed for me. I remember where I was the first time I heard "Lost Ones", the first single off of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. I was in my college newspaper office, working, when that song came on the radio. Somebody attempted to change the station when myself and this Indian boy (the only other minority at the paper) threatened to maim him/her. I promptly got the album and saw her on tour twice that summer. Oh yes, I'm a true fan.
To this day, I continue to defend L. Boogie against her naysayers, folks who want to crticize her relationship with Rohan, the children she's had out of wedlock and how she has nerve to call other people heathens. I even bought her MTV unplugged CD which was no 'Miseducation.' Let's just say my girl had way too many issues to get off her chest on those tracks and it got into the way of the music.
Call me selfish, but I'm really ready for Lauryn to get it together as best she can and start making music again. If I can't have a Fugees reunion, fine, I won't have one. But I could definitely use some L. Boogie in my life. Until then, I have the Miseducation CD on repeat, remembering the good ol days and hoping for the best.