Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill is a hip-hop classic, and infamously dominated the 1999 Grammys. Variety reports the timeless project has just been inducted into Library of Congress. The committee explained their reasoning behind celebrating L. Boogie’s project.
Lauryn Hills debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hills vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santanas soulful acoustic guitar solo on “Zion,” and duets with Mary J. Blige and DAngelo on “I Used to Love Him” and “Nothing Even Matters,” respectively.