Lauryn Hill


Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. She is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, as well as one of the most influential musicians of her generation. Hill is credited for breaking barriers for women rappers, popularizing melodic rap, redefining hip hop, and helping neo soul reach mainstram popularity. In addition to being named one of the 50 Great Voices by NPR, Hill has been listed as one of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. In 2015, she was ranked as the greatest woman rapper by Billboard. Her accolades include eight Grammy Awards, the most for a female rapper to this day. Source

excerpt from “Lost Ones”

Now, now, how come your talk turn cold?

Gained the whole world for the price of your soul

Tryin' to grab hold of what you can't control

Now you're all floss, what a sight to behold

Wisdom is better than silver and gold

I was hopeless, now I'm on Hope Road

Every man wanna act like he's exempt

Need to get down on his knees and repent

Can't slick talk on the day of judgment

Your movement's similar to a serpent

Tried to play straight, how your whole style bent?

Consequence is no coincidence

Hypocrites always wanna play innocent

Always want to take it to the full out extent

Always want to make it seem like good intent

Never want to face it when it time for punishment

I know you don't wanna hear my opinion

There come many paths and you must choose one

And if you don't change then the rain soon come

See you might win some, but you just lost one





Literary Movements:

Rap & Hip Hop

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Rap & Hip Hop

Literary Devices:


an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference


a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences

Conditional Statement

statements of an “if-then” or “unless-then” situation (although “then” is not used), or a probability

End Rhyme

when a poem has lines ending with words that sound the same


exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


a new word, serious or humorous, coined by a writer.


a type of popular music of US black origin in which words are recited rapidly and rhythmically over a prerecorded, typically electronic instrumental backing

Rhetorical Question

a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered


correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry

Slant Rhyme

A rhyme where the words have similar sounds in their stressed syllables.