Latrice McGlothin

Songwriter/Recording Artist/Performer

Lauryn Hill: Miseducation of Lauryn Hill celebrates 20 years

Life is continued work. It's constant learning. The whole concept of retirement I don't even buy into. We should constantly be working. Maybe not physically working, but we could be spiritually, emotionally working toward bettering ourselves and bettering the lives of others around us.       --Lauryn Hill

 

Hello everyone,

Can you believe it?  The Miseducation of Lauren Hill will celebrate 20 years this week - whoa! I remember buying the CD and hanging on every word, loving the graphic of Lauren etched into a school desk, I enjoyed every interesting transition happening in the classroom setting, every single song and its own story and then.... I heard the snaps, drum and bass kick in, gentle vocals by D'Angelo and intro to Nothing Ever Matters - you could have pushed me over with a feather.

Now the skies could fall
Not even if my boss should call
The world it seems so very small
'Cause nothin' even matters, at all

See nothin' even matters
See nothin' even matters at all
Nothin' even matters
Nothin' even matters at all

See, I don't need no alcohol
Your love makes me feel ten feet tall
Without it, I'd go through withdrawal
'Cause nothin' even matters at all

Nothin' even matters
Nothin' even matters at all
Nothin' even matters
Nothin' even matters at all

What - who is this woman I thought?  I knew her rap and vocal skills from the Fugees but the wave of warmth and confidence that exude from the song was (and is) a thing of beauty.  So inspirational, heart felt, real and vulnerable.  

 

 Photo credit Anthony Barboza - Getty

Photo credit Anthony Barboza - Getty

Released August 25, 1998 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. In the first week, the CD sold 422,624 copies which broke a record for first-week sales by a female artist. - Go 'head Lauryn!

The hit singles from the album were: "Doo Wop (That Thing)", "Ex-Factor" and "Everything is Everything".  

In the years following, drama and controversy surrounded the work. Rolling Stones wrote an interesting article at the 10th anniversary of the CD that share an oral history of Hip Hip with include quotes, lawsuits and challenges that Ms. Hill faced with bringing this album to life.  

Despite the challenges, this album is one of my all time favorites.  If you haven't listened to it in awhile, take a seat and drink it in or go see her in concert with a host of artists for the 20th Anniversary Tour  .

Ms. Lauryn Hill, thank you for sharing you life, love and talent in such authentic, raw and unique ways and congratulations on 20 years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.   

Ciao!

Latrice