Mary J. Blige, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. With her classic album What's the 411?, she was praised for combining hip hop & soul music, subsequently earning her the title "Queen of Hip Hop Soul". She has had 10 consecutive albums debut in the top 10 and a total of 11 albums to debut top. She is a recipient of 9 Grammy Awards & 4 American Music Awards, has recorded 8 multi-platinum albums, and is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in R&B, Rap, Gospel, & Pop.
Fugees, hip hop group who rose to fame in the mid-1990s. Their repertoire included elements of hip hop, soul and Caribbean music, particularly reggae. The members of the group were rapper/singer/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer/producer Lauryn Hill and rapper Pras Michel. Deriving their name from the term refugee, Jean and Pras are Haitian, while Hill is American. Their sophomore album, The Score, sold 17 million copies worldwide, launching the group into superstardom.