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#308: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill

11.10.2011


The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill (1998)

Favorite Track(s): "Ex-Factor" and "To Zion" and "Doo Wop (That Thing)" and "Final Hour" and "When It Hurts So Bad" and "I Used to Love Him" and "Every Ghetto, Every City" and "Everything is Everything"

Thoughts: How is this in the 300s? HOW? This record is pure gold. Am I personally biased because I listened to it non-stop in middle school? Maybe. The memories came flooooooding back.

First off, the album cover. IT'S HER FACE CARVED INTO A SCHOOL DESK. Pure brilliance. And the music itself? Proof of its quality: my dad loves this album and he hates rap. Ok, that might not be proof enough for you. It's just so funky and sharp and fresh but it's not about reinforcing her ego (Eminem) or trying to convince us what a *opposite-sex-genitalia*-magnet she is (almost every male rapper). It's about her life and personal issues and struggles, as well as issues facing society. Plus, she's able to talk openly about her faith without sacrificing the quality of the music.

"Doo Wop (That Thing)" gives me chills, it's sooooo goooood. And "To Zion" is so powerful and moving. "I Used to Love Him"'s beat is undeniable. There's so much to be found here: funk, reggae, hip-hop, R&B, classical. To know this album is to love it dearly. Lauryn Hill, come back to us and make another studio album.

Is This Better Than Help!?:



Oh HELL YES. But they should BOTH be in the top 100.

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1 comment:

Spiro said...

YES. double up: YES YES.