16 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

To understand the significance of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, it’s important to remember what mainstream hip-hop was like in 1998. Materialism and misogyny were rampant, fanned by music videos that presented women as objects or conquests. Hill’s first solo album provided a sharp counterpoint by injecting the perspective of a young black woman dealing with identity and sexuality. The response to it was universal—Miseducation was a juggernaut, earning five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. She put her Fugees past behind her, seizing the spotlight to showcase her rapping skills and amplify her emotional singing voice. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Lost Ones” are vital crowd-movers, while “Ex-Factor,” “To Zion,” and “Everything Is Everything” collect Hill’s penetrating insights on life, love, and motherhood. Percolating with hip-hop, reggae, and R&B, Miseducation was right on time and ahead of its time, encouraging a generation (including future stars like Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar) that it’s okay to show your soul.

EDITORS’ NOTES

To understand the significance of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, it’s important to remember what mainstream hip-hop was like in 1998. Materialism and misogyny were rampant, fanned by music videos that presented women as objects or conquests. Hill’s first solo album provided a sharp counterpoint by injecting the perspective of a young black woman dealing with identity and sexuality. The response to it was universal—Miseducation was a juggernaut, earning five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. She put her Fugees past behind her, seizing the spotlight to showcase her rapping skills and amplify her emotional singing voice. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Lost Ones” are vital crowd-movers, while “Ex-Factor,” “To Zion,” and “Everything Is Everything” collect Hill’s penetrating insights on life, love, and motherhood. Percolating with hip-hop, reggae, and R&B, Miseducation was right on time and ahead of its time, encouraging a generation (including future stars like Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar) that it’s okay to show your soul.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Mr. Charlemagne ,

End of Boycott

I've long decided not to purchase/download this album because of the conflict between the artist and the producers. After almost two decades, I've decided that I deserve and my kids deserve to enjoy this piece of art, even if Lauren won't be able to gain anything financially from this purchase. The motive is to let Lauren's voice echo through the speakers again and provide another opportunity for a new generation to admire this wonderful example of Black Culture.

khl610 ,

one of the best albums of all time

I bought this on a whim one day in the store, I was familiar with hill from Sister Act 2 and a few songs of hers here and there. Did not take the cd out of my car for over a year!! Her voice is so distinctive and powerful. Her songwriting is remarkable as well as the way her songs paint a story for the overall album. A must have! This encapsulates so many emotions found in the journey of adulthood. Can't say enough good things.

Eastside Lenny ,

GOAT

Masterpiece

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