masterpiece reviews: lauryn hill’s the miseducation of lauryn hill

Lauryn Hill was already a well-known name in hip-hop via The Fugees, a group that consisted of her, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel. But in 1997, Hill became pregnant with Rohan Marley’s child. The pregnancy inspired Hill to begin working on a solo album. Originally she planned on recording in New Jersey and New York but too many distractions interfered with her work. So she made her way to Kingston, Jamaica and Tuff Gong Studios, the recording studio built by Bob Marley, to complete the album.

What Hill released was a brilliant combination of hip-hop, soul, and reggae influenced songs. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill rocketed to the top of the charts and broke the record for highest first-week sales by a female artist. Spearheaded by the hit single, „Doo Wop (That Thing)“, Miseducation went on to sell over 19 million copies worldwide. It racked up ten Grammy nominations and five wins including Album of the Year, marking the first time a hip-hop album had ever won the award, and would cement its place as one of the finest albums to ever be released.

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