In May, Columbia Records released MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, LAURYN HILL's first album of new music since 1998's Grammy-winning The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The double CD/tape collection captures Lauryn Hill's intimate 2-hour soul-wrenching performance of new acoustic music which originally premiered on MTV2 on March 10, 2002.
"I want to introduce you to me," said Hill onstage during the taping for MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, which received a "three-and-a-half star" (out of four) review in USA Today (March 8, 2002). "The raw, two-hour set of all-new music finds the former Fugees star not only unplugged, but unadorned," wrote critic Steve Jones. "...it's just Hill and her guitar, singing about the lessons she has learned since she left the spotlight... she has chosen to step out with no safety net of dancers or a band... it gives her an opportunity to truly connect with her audience, experiment with song forms and vocal styles, and, most important, tell the truth as she sees it."
Isaac Guzman, in a New York Daily News review titled "Lauryn's return: stark brilliance," wrote: "Hill's solo acoustic performance was a daring break for such a high profile artist... the strength and beauty of Hill's powerful message gave her thorny new approach an earthy, intimate appeal... her performance Saturday indicated that this vibrant young artist will return to the pop world with a defiant outlook and, most importantly, a bundle of dramatic, powerful new songs."
A founding member of the pioneering multi-platinum hip hop trio the Fugees, Lauryn Hill found overwhelming success as a solo artist with her debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which debuted at #1 in Billboard the week of its release. Selling more than 12 million copies worldwide, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill achieved both popular and critical acclaim, earning her five Grammy Awards (including Album of the Year and Best New Artist), three American Music Awards, one Billboard Award, one Soul Train Award, and one MTV Video Music Award.