Welcome back to yet another Throwback Thursday, and it seems like this section of my blog is definitely a favourite among the readers, looking through some of the greatest and my favourite music throughout time. Todays album comes from the incredible Lauryn Hill and her 1998 album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’.
For those of you that don’t know Lauryn Hill, she is an American singer songwriter from New Jersey, and you might recognise her voice from the recently popular single by Drake, “Nice for What”, when the Canadian rapper sampled her voice from her song “Ex Factor”. Lauryn Hill was at the forefront of bringing hip hop as a genre in liaison with love and heartbreak to light in the late 90’s.
‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ is her only solo studio album, and is an absolute classic, being named in the top 100 albums of all time by NME, and debuted at number 1 on the American billboard 200, selling over 400,000 copies in its first week of release. Hill also became the first woman to earn 10 nominations and win 5 awards in one night at the 41st annual Grammy Awards.
The album features 16 tracks including an intro that sounds like people within a classroom setting, yet when Ms. Hills name is called, she is no where to be seen. The album had 3 hit tracks that peaked in the top 40, including “Ex Factor” (the song sampled on Drakes “Nice for What”), “Everything is Everything”, and the arguably the most popular that hit number 1, “Doo Wop (That Thing)”. The album also features a few notable features including Mary J Blige.
Hill drew influence from past love experiences, songs from influence of The Fugees (a music group Lauryn Hill was formerly a part of), and the fact that she was due to give birth to her child in the summer of 1997. She went on to work with artists such as Aretha Franklin and even wrote songs for Whitney Houston, and drew from her musical experience within R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel and Soul to write songs for this release.
All hip-hop fans should appreciate this album, even if it isn’t all hip hop primarily focussed. What makes it such a good album is the fact that it draws music from so many different genres, along with Lauryn Hills incredible voice of course! Let me know what you think of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ and if you own or owned a copy of this album!
Favourite song on the album: “Every Ghetto, Every City”
You can listen to ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ using the links below to Spotify and iTunes, or listen directly from my page!