Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

2009-03-23 14:39
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill became the soundtrack to a part of my youth, that precarious two years between standard seven and nine (now grade nine and 11). I had a crush on the hottest guy in school, and avidly scribbled his name on the covers of my books while singing "tell me who I have to be…to get some reciprocity" (the lyrics to "Ex-factor"). He never did reciprocate those feelings so by the end of standard nine 'our' song's lyrics changed to "I loved real, real hard once… but the love wasn't returned" (from "When It Hurts So Bad").

Lauryn may have been shelved many times as I dabbled in various other genres and toyed with other artists over the years. But every now and then one of her songs would play on the radio, I'd feel nostalgic, she'd be dusted off, and soon I'd be reminded of what an incredible album this is.  Every track stirs up a memory. Each one has been my favourite over the years. It's one of the few hip-hop albums that is awesome all the way through from track one to 14. 
In retrospect it's easy to see why the album is as coveted by the 'Y' generation as Elvis, The Beatles and...The Bee Gees are by the baby boomers. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill brought a much needed 'message' back into hip-hop. Lauryn educated us, entertained us, and got us thinking. We fell in love to her, broke our hearts to her, and lived our life to her philosophy. The sentiment behind lyrics like "everyone who struggles in their youth" (off "Everything is Everything") will be as relevant 10 years from now as they were 10 years ago. Every song is carefully constructed and delivered with just the right mix of affliction and swank.

And then there's those groundbreaking sales. Forget gold and platinum, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill went diamond, selling over 18 million albums worldwide. All this by a dreadlocked black female singer songwriter who became an accidental role-model in the process and the voice of millions of women across the world.
The album on which a dreadlocked singer songwriter mainlined a much needed message back into hip-hop and gave a voice to millions of women across the world.

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Chandre 2009/03/24 11:17 AM
I had and loved this cd. After one of those houseparties (just as popular back in the day) someone left with my cd,and now i just have the cover as a reminder...
Pule 2009/03/24 2:47 PM
I have to agree, this is truly the best she's ever rendered and the best in my collection, every song talks to me and I will forever be grateful for being introduced to L-boogey's sound!
Dlamini 2009/03/24 4:10 PM
Definitely her finest hour, and one of the definitive albums of our time.
eva curtis 2009/04/30 12:42 AM
lauryn is a wonderful singer, i loved all of her cd's!
Kelele 2009/05/04 1:28 PM
She made me go out and lock my hair straight after my final exams! I thought the Unplugged album was wack initially but I have since then grown into it. I think I matured, it grew into me.
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