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Album Review: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill


Lauryn Hill published her first and only studio album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill on August 25, 1998. The album was published under Ruffhouse and Columbia Records. “The Miseducation,” as it is commonly nicknamed, is a neo-soul and R&B album with a mix of reggae.

When Hill was making the album a lot was going on in her life; she was facing breakups, loss, and a struggle to deal with these situations and her emotions at the same time. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill focuses on thinking outside the box, and it answers the question: “What is it like to be a lover and a human being with emotions?”. Most of the songs on the album feel like ballads and stories of love and loss.

To bring a fresh perspective to Lauryn Hill’s timeless neo-soul album, senior Annahe Lopez was asked to give a blind reaction to track fifteen, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and share her initial thoughts:

”Contrary to other versions of the songs, this one, to be honest, had a pretty laid-back love song atmosphere. This song is a fun way to let someone know how you feel about them”

Junior Scarlett Walker was also asked to share her opinion for track three on the album “Ex-Factor.” She expressed her thoughts by saying:

“When I listen to ‘Ex-Factor’ by Lauryn Hill, it gives me a feeling of empowerment and a beautiful feeling of soul that gives me a [varied] range of emotions. When I listen to it, it is very meaningful, especially as a black girl that is going through the challenges of being a teen.”

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill not only provides a sonic exploration of her journey through her life experiences but also stands as a cultural landmark. The album’s themes include the complexities of love, the challenges of motherhood, and the quest for spiritual and emotional clarity. Additionally, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was the first album by a solo female rapper to debut and No.1 in the U.S. Hill’s work remains a testament to the power of vulnerability and authenticity in music.

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Hello, my name is Preston Wilson I am a reporter for the WLHS squire. I am so excited to share the stories and news of our school with all of the Squire’s readers.
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