“The Mis-Education Of Lauryn Hill” is a HIP HOP classic album. She had a greater impact on this one album than any emcee I think I have ever heard. Which is probably why she only made ONE album.
Over the years, Lauryn Hill has faced much criticism from panderers, publishers, fans and the like for her lack of production but I confidently argue that her one and only album dropped such a powerful bombshell on music, that even Lauryn needed time to recover.
From the very onset of track one, it was clear Lauryn had something to say, not only to Hip Hop but to the world. From the name of the LP, an obvious nod to Dr. Carter G. Woodson and his thesis “The Mis-Education Of The Negro”, to her sultry Roberta Flack-like voice, her mesmerizing Motown style harmonies, and her gritty old school rap style, this album cascades through your senses like a runaway freight train filled with hubris, humility, and love.
More than that, this album has the best section of singles on any album until Adele dropped “21”, “MELH” featured three hit singles: “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “Ex-Factor”, and “Everything Is Everything”. All three classic records individually.
Unlike most studio projects with this much depth, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, won countless awards and broke several sales records. She is highly regarded and rightfully thought of as one of the most exciting and original talents of her generation.
With that said, this is not a review, this is the re-education of Lauryn Hill, who she is, and how she transcended to top five, dead or live off of one LP. I love this album, my mother loved this album, if you haven’t heard it…you really should, and if their is any hope for you in this life, or the next…you will love this album too.
Biography Via Wikipedia
Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees, and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many awards and broke several sales records. Raised mostly in South Orange, New Jersey, Hill began singing with her music-oriented family during her childhood. In high school, Hill was approached by Pras Michel for a band he started, which his friend, Wyclef Jean, soon joined. They renamed themselves the Fugees and released the albums Blunted on Reality (1994), and the Grammy Award–winning The Score (1996), which sold six million copies in the U.S. Hill rose to prominence with her African-American and Caribbean musicinfluences, her rapping and singing, and her rendition of the hit “Killing Me Softly“. Her tumultuous romantic relationship with Jean led to the split of the band in 1997, after which she began to focus on solo projects.