Lauryn Hill‘s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill will forever go down in music history. As she courageously opened her heart, mind, and soul, Lauryn told the story of her life through the raw and honest songs in this album. Whether she be soulfully singing from deep within about her spiritual desires or spitting bars off the top of the dome in reflection of all the phony friends in her life, Lauryn broke barriers and was recognized for it.
She was nominated for 9 Grammys from this project alone and won 5 of them including Album Of The Year and Best New Artist. Today’s artists like Kehlani (who has the album cover tattooed), Nicki Minaj (who bowed before Lauryn when she met her backstage at a concert), and Chance The Rapper, (who recently shared a photograph of the two on Instagram), were all inspired by the work of Ms. Lauryn Hill.
These are our top 3 favorite songs from the legendary album:
1. “To Zion”
In this song Lauryn recounts the time she discovered that she was pregnant with her first child Zion and how uneasy she felt. Despite the people in her life who weren’t very supportive of her pregnancy at such a vital time in career, she found her world’s joy in the birth of her son.
“Woe this crazy circumstance, I knew his life deserved a chance, but everybody told me to be smart. ‘Look at your career they said. Lauryn, baby use your head.’ But instead I chose to use my heart. Now the joy of my world is in Zion.”
2. “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
This one has got to be everyone’s favorite. Lauryn raps and sings in an effort to encourage girls and guys to beware of inauthentic people who are only about “that thing.” She preaches that success starts from within and to be beautiful on the outside, you must be beautiful on the inside first. Lauryn advocates for young women settling for less than what they deserve, reminding them that:
“Baby girl, respect is just the minimum.”
3. “Everything Is Everything”
In this uplifting song, Lauryn speaks on the misfortunes of people who grew up in the struggle. She expresses her frustration with the disadvanatges of life that many people like herself have always experienced. Lauryn ultimately motivates those going through those tough times that things will get better. She let’s them know that there is a season for everything, and that
“After winter must come spring. Change it comes eventually.”