Throwback Thursday | The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Can we just take a second to appreciate the continuity of this feature? 

Ok, good. And long may it reign.

'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' - Lauren Hill is an album that everyone needs on their shelf/computer/whatever, you need it in your life. I wanted to write about an album much more recent than last week's instalment, as well as covering a completely different genre to show how varied my taste in music is (although it mainly leans towards boys with guitars), so this album fits the bill perfectly.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released on 25th August 1998 by Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records. You may know Lauryn for her part in the popular music group The Fugees, her controversial comments related to race, maybe because she's had children with Rohan Marley (one of Bob Marley's sons), or perhaps it's even because she was in Sister Act 2. However you might know of Lauryn Hill, there's one central point and it's because she's bloody talented.

As previously mentioned, this album - as a hip hop album - wouldn't normally come under my line of interest but, it's an iconic album and portrays Hill's raw talent for what it is - unfaltering. The album shifts between songs with interludes of children talking about the meaning of love as a whole and how they interpret it in their day to day life. I guess for me, without looking to much into it, represents the innocence of love and how important it is to the human race, as well as how it touches on every part of our lives. But y'know, that's just an idea.

The tracks on this album range from slow, melodic and meaningful songs to more up tempo songs that you can bounce along to down the road (I know I shouldn't do it, but I can't help myself). In every instance though, the lyrics - whether sung or rapped - are on point and relatable. From Hill's beautiful ode to her son and the unconditional love for him in 'To Zion', to the rose-tinted recollection of her youth in 'Every Ghetto, Every City', to the more general, yet philosophical (in a sense) nature of 'Everything is Everything', this album is absolutely jam-packed with amazing songs that you just won't be able to stop singing.

And just to back up my love for this album (despite it insanely successful), Rolling Stone have included it as No. 5 in their Top 100 Best Albums of the Nineties. I'm sure you've heard of this album before (I'd be a little shocked if you hadn't, just a little), but if you've never taken the time to listen to it, I urge you to do so; this is one album you won't be able to stop playing.