Why you need to get Miseducated.
“I always wanted to be a motivator of positive change… I sang from that place and chose to share the joy and ecstasy of it, as well as the disappointments, entanglements and life lessons that I had learned at that point.”. – Lauryn Hill 2021.
Released in 1998, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill remains one of the most enigmatic and celebrated debut solo albums in history. Whilst her previous outfit, the Fugees had been wildly successful, with Hill widely recognized as being key to their popularity – few were prepared for her stunning debut.
Recorded in Jamaica at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studios, whilst a 22-year-old Hill was pregnant with Rohan Marley’s child, the album was full of overtly personal and political statements. With Hill firmly at the production controls, the album effortlessly fused elements of Neo-Soul, Hip Hop and Reggae and featured collaborations with D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige and Santana. The album also featured a 19-year-old unknown pianist named John R. Stephens, later to be dubbed John Legend.
The album would go on to sell over 20 million copies, win 5 grammys and Hill would become the first Hip Hop artist to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. Despite all of this, she never made another studio album and chose to pursue a private life following the success of the record, raising her six children. In 2021, the album was voted #10 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all time.
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