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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: Jill Scott performs onstage during the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET, at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2020 in Pasadena, California.

Jill Scott released her debut album Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 on July 18, 2000. She hit the scene and offered a seamless mixture of soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, neo-soul, and spoken word with the album, which has since been certified two times platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

“Y’all ready to settle down and, and get with this? You know settle into this feeling?” Scott can be heard saying on the intro of her debut album, affectionately titled “Jilltro.” “Cause you know it’s a lot of love here…love, love, love.”

Whether listeners were ready or not, Jilly from Philly helped her fans “settle into” the feeling she referenced on her Jilltro. With Scott’s smooth soprano and raw storytelling capabilities, the singer offered some life gems. And below we listed seven of them to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1.


7 Takeaways From Jill Scott’s Debut Album


Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.