With the sound of R&B and Hip Hop constantly changing throughout the years it becomes somewhat refreshing to revisit an album that not only provided quality verses but an inspiring and uplifting message to all who pressed play on the 1998 album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” XXL reports that yesterday Aug 25 marks the seventeen year anniversary of the release of that wonderful album by former female member of “The Fugees,” Lauryn Hill.
The album featured hit after hit with songs like, “Lost Ones,” “Ex Factor” and “Doo Wop (That Thing).” And who can forget the single dedicated and inspired by her son Zion, “To Zion,” which featured lyrics like “Unsure of what the balance held/I touched my belly overwhelmed by what I had been chosen to perform/but then an angel came one day/told me to kneel down and prayFor unto me a man child would be born.” The lyrics told a story of emotions after finding out that she was carrying a life. The hook expressed an overwhelming feeling of gratitude by repeating “now the joy of my world is in Zion.’
With present day music the essence of storytelling is missing. The art of evoking emotions through sound and lyrics with a positive message are now being left to songs that encourage individuals to “eat the booty like groceries” or “let him eat my a** like a cupcake.” These lyrics and others are why it’s evident that we need another artist like Lauryn Hill and definitely another album like “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Here’s the 5 top reasons why we miss 1998 Lauryn Hill and albums like “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
Nicki Minaj rapper & singer
Like Lauryn Nicki Minaj is a woman in the music industry who can sing and rap. But the question is – when will she put clothes on and actually get dressed to do it? Lauryn Hill not only showed integrity with her music but also with her grace as a woman. Clothes on – still sold records. And the content of their music is also strikingly different. Lauryn sang and rapped about peace, justice and respecting yourself as a woman and a man. Nicki sings and raps about sex, barbies and getting money. In the words of Lauryn Hill “Un uh come again.”
Beyonce reaches everyone
Beyonce is another female powerhouse in music. She, like Lauryn, can be heard on just about every radio station’s format. Pop, R&B, Rhythmic, Soul & Top 40 will have a Lauryn Hill and Beyonce song in rotation at some point during their daily programming. One wonders why Beyonce has reached a level of success that Lauryn has not. Maybe the hiatus she took from music is partly responsible. But ask yourself the question – out of a Beyonce single or a Lauryn single, which one would you feel more comfortable listening to in front of your children? Hmmmm…..
Other than the 90s Hip Hop trio “Digable Planets” which included Butterfly, Doodlebug and Ladybug Mecca, The Fugees are the most popular Hip Hop trio that featured one stand alone female emcee that did it all – rap, sang and wrote her own lyrics. After the group disbanded Lauryn was able to move forward and have a successful solo career. Not many artist are able to accomplish that. Hip Hop is missing groups like this and a sound like this in present day.
Women who write
If you write your own lyrics raise your hand. Okay, so in reality there are quite a few women in the music industry that write their own music. But out of all the women that can raise their hand and say Yes I write my own music, how many of those songs are soulful? I’ll wait…. with the exception of Chrisette Michelle, Jill Scott and a few others Lauryn was one who did it.
Who else would pair perfectly with Kendrick Lamar for a collaboration other than Lauryn Hill? That would be beautiful. With so many lackluster collaborations one good one or a full album with Kendrick and Lauryn would be ideal. One can only imagine the difference a project like this would make.