Ms. Lauryn Hill has been one of the leading artists in R&B and soul since the 70s. However, she's only brought out one - albeit very special - studio album during this time. 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' was released in 1998, and reached number one in the US (among other countries), and number two in the UK. It became one of the most iconic albums of the 90s, and the legacy has carried through generations.
In the latest of our Why I Love... features, we had a chat with Monica Patel, the marketing manager at live music promotions company, AGMP about why 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' is still such a stand-out album for her.
What makes this album so special to you?
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill lyrically spoke to an audience of young adults, especially women who were finding their voice and their independence. Infusing social commentary with R&B, soul and hip-hop beats this album became the sound track to my life.
Is there a particular memory attached to the album that you'd like to share?
One of the stand out tracks on the album was 'Doo-Wop' (That Thing). It became an anthem for us girls. I can remember countless nights on a club dance floor where we would sing this song like a karaoke track!
We're not saying you should mess with perfection, but if you could change anything about this album what would it be?
I think it would have been nice to see a few artist features on some of the tracks.
How would you persuade any music fans – or non-music fans for that matter – to listen to 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'?
This album has not aged, it sounds as fresh as the day it was released in 1998. The skits about life, love and spirituality will forever stick with you. And the collection of songs will awaken your senses, move your body and feed your soul!
If you'd like to see her live, Lauryn Hill will be performing at Nocturne, Love Supreme and The Downs Festival this summer. Grab tickets now!
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