Lauryn Hill’s solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released August 25th 1998 on Columbia Records. The album which spawned hit singles such as “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”, “Ex-Factor”, and “Everything is Everything”, The Miseducation was critically acclaimed and widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of the 1990’s. The album’s lyrics dealt with Hill’s pregnancy at the time, the turmoil in her former group The Fugee’s and the love of God while creating a hybrid of musical styles such as R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Reggae and Gospel. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200, selling 422,624 copies in its first week and spending 81 weeks on the Billboard Top 200.
At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, Lauryn Hill took home 5 out of 10 grammy nominations including Best New Artist, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album and Album of the Year for The Miseducation… making it the first hip hop oriented album to win the Album of the Year award. That night she also became the first woman to win five Grammys in one night. The album, which clocks in at 77 minutes and 39 seconds can arguably considered one of the Greatest Albums of all time.
With all of the emotion and everything Hill threw into this album, one must wonder: Can there be another Miseducation? With her controversies and staunch opposition of the practices of the music industry – to, her highs and lows, What would the chances be if Lauryn Hill wrote about all of these emotions and her idiosyncrasies for a new album, would it be as good, or even better than The Miseducation?