• Gio Battaglia

BLAST FROM THE PAST: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Ms. Lauryn Hill is widely known for her only solo studio album, the critically acclaimed, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

This hip-hop, R&B, and soul album was released in 1998 and broke sales for a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 Chart. At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill earned 10 nominations, winning five awards, including Album of the Year, making Hill the first woman to receive that many nominations and awards in one night.

This album is not success over substance, though. The number one hit, "Doo Wop (That Thing)" is a song that has been recognized for decades and is Hill's biggest record to date, because of the message it gives to people who are "caught in the struggle" and "[try to] be a hard rock when they really are a gem" when talking about women. She also touches on the men who are "more concerned with his rims, and his Timbs, than women", who warns them not to allow "that thing" to ruin their lives. The chorus has been praised for promoting egalitarianism between the sexes.

My favorite track on this album is the final track, titled "Tell Him." This song is such a peaceful track talking about love and her love for a man, and her smooth voice mixed with the simple instrumental makes it one of my favorite songs of all-time.

This album has stayed relevant in modern culture with Drake using a sample of the hit "Ex-Factor" in his #1 2019 single, "Nice For What," and rapper Cardi B incorporating it into her hit "Be Careful."

What's your favorite song from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill?