The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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The Fugees' Lauryn Hill turns her debut solo album into a life-affirming evocation of love and all the ups and downs that go with it. Mixing in a little bit of pop and straight R&B with the dominating hip-hop, =Miseducation= plays like one long narrative on the joy of spiritual and physical devotion. While its sprawling theme and length are comparable to Fugee bandmate Wyclef Jean's debut from the previous year, =The Carnival,= its borders are a bit more confining a lot of this has to do with the grade-school lessons on the history of love that bridge the songs; Hill rarely moves beyond its scholarly walls or her own musical ones. And, quite simply, Hill is a better rapper than singer, and she does a little too...
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The Fugees' Lauryn Hill turns her debut solo album into a life-affirming evocation of love and all the ups and downs that go with it. Mixing in a little bit of pop and straight R&B with the dominating hip-hop, =Miseducation= plays like one long narrative on the joy of spiritual and physical devotion. While its sprawling theme and length are comparable to Fugee bandmate Wyclef Jean's debut from the previous year, =The Carnival,= its borders are a bit more confining a lot of this has to do with the grade-school lessons on the history of love that bridge the songs; Hill rarely moves beyond its scholarly walls or her own musical ones. And, quite simply, Hill is a better rapper than singer, and she does a little too much crooning on =Miseducation= to qualify it as the hip-hop classic it wants to be. Still, when she gets into a groove, like on the playful "Doo Wop That Thing," Hill's education doesn't seem all that misguided. ~ Michael Gallucci, All-Music Guide
All Music Guide - John Bush
Though the Fugees had been wildly successful, and Lauryn Hill had been widely recognized as a key to their popularity, few were prepared for her stunning debut. The social heart of the group and its most talented performer, she tailored The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill not as a crossover record but as a collection of overtly personal and political statements; nevertheless, it rocketed to the top of the album charts and made her a superstar. Also, and most importantly, it introduced to the wider pop world an astonishingly broad talent. Hill's verses were intelligent and hardcore, with the talent to rank up there with Method Man. And for the choruses she could move from tough to smooth in a flash, with a vocal prowess that allowed her to be her own chanteuse à la Mariah Carey. Hill, of Haitian heritage, rhymed in a tough Caribbean patois on the opener, "Lost Ones," wasting little time to excoriate her former bandmates and/or record-label executives for caving in to commercial success. She used a feature for Carlos Santana "To Zion" to explain how her child comes before her career and found a hit single with "Doo Wop That Thing," an intelligent dissection of the sex game that saw it from both angles. "Superstar" took to task musicians with more emphasis on the bottom line than making great music perhaps another Fugees nod, while her collaborations with a pair of sympathetic R&B superstars D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige also paid major dividends. And if her performing talents, vocal range, and songwriting smarts weren't enough, Hill also produced much of the record, ranging from stun-gun hip-hop to smoother R&B with little trouble. Though it certainly didn't sound like a crossover record, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill affected so many widely varying audiences that it's no surprise the record became a commercial hit as well as a musical epoch-maker.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646903520
  • Catalog Number: 69035
  • Sales rank: 3,917

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lauryn Hill Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Al Anderson Guitar
Earl Robinson Background Vocals
Sabrina Johnston Background Vocals
Don-E Piano, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Lori Holland Organ, Clarinet, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Tom Barney Bass
Bud Beadle Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mary J. Blige Vocals
Kenny O. Bobien Background Vocals
Rudy Byrd Percussion
D'Angelo Vocals, fender rhodes
Francis Dunnery Guitar
Paul Fakhourie Bass
Dean Fraser Tenor Saxophone
Christopher Meredith Bass
James Poyser Organ, Celeste, Harpsichord, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Moog Bass
Kevin Robinson Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nambo Robinson Trombone
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar, Background Vocals
Andrew Smith Guitar
Eddie Stockley Background Vocals
Fayyaz Virji Trombone
Elisabeth Valletti Harp
Julian Marley Guitar
Carlos Santana Guitar
Chuck Young Background Vocals
Robert Browne Guitar
Grace Paradise Harp
DJ Supreme DJ
Johari Newton Guitar
Tejumold Newton Piano
Tara Wilkons Background Vocals
Racheal Wilson Background Vocals
Jennifer McNeil Background Vocals
Stewart Zender Bass
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
Rasheem "Kio" Pugh Background Vocals
Fundisha Johnson Background Vocals
Indigo Quartet Strings
Squiddly Ranks Drums
Everol Ray Trumpet
Andrea Simmons Background Vocals
Matthew Rubano Bass
Jared "Chocolate" Crawford Drums
Ahmed Wallace Background Vocals
John Stephens Piano
Technical Credits
Shelly Thunder Contributor
Herb Powers Mastering
Tony Prendatt Engineer
Warren Riker Engineer
L.A. Hill Composer
Matt Howe Engineer
John Wydrycs Engineer
Ramon Rivera Contributor
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Wyclef Jean Composer
Commissioner Gordon Engineer
Lauryn Hill Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Chris Theis Engineer
Ken Johnston Engineer
Vada Nobles Producer, drum programming
Che Pope Programming
Storm Jefferson Engineer
Devon Kirkpatrick Digital Editing
Johnny Wyndrx Engineer
Johnny Wydrycz Engineer
Che Guevara Producer, drum programming
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    This is one of the best Lauryn Hill productions. Speechless!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the Great Soul Albums

    Major Feat. Not a bum note here, and you get every sound you can get. She can rap like she's singing and sing like she's rapping. Few can match the gravity of Lauryn Hill. When she says something in a sony you'd better believe it, and she's got plenty to say about gender politics and other aspects of Real Life you don't often get in popular music. I miss her making new music as she basically retired after this, but admire her for dodging fame and all it's trappings to raise her kids out of the public eye. She could leave no greater Manifesto behind her, and I'll always have Love in my heart because of this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Every word of every song sounds like it came straight from her heart. This has to be the most incredible album I've ever heard. You can feel that she poured her heart in it. You have to buy this!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lauryn Hill is off the hook

    Lauryn Hill from the hit group the Fugees, is back with her solo album " The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill". A grammy winner and probably my favorite album and singer of all time, has come out with the most honest, truthful, and spiritial album of all time. Her lyrics are off the hook, and her words definetly speak the truth! BUY THIS ALBUM....YOU WILL ENJOY IT FOREVER!!Best songs= "Doo Wop (that thing)", "Every Ghetto, Every City"," To Zion", "Ex- Factor", "Everything is Everything".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lauryn #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!

    Lauryn is an amazing singer and her voice is beautiful. Ialso love the song Ex-Factor and Nothing Really matters and Doo wop because in Exfactor she talks about a divorce adn it is really sad about a failing union. i cry everytinme i play it because it remins me of my parents almost divorce. i would recommend you buy it right now and you will not be dissapointed. God be with you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    :)

    i am still listenin'.Is it enough for you? this album is the best neo-soul album ever made

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    soulful through her words........

    Damn...all i have to say is (she's da diva of hiphop/R&b)and will always be..... Her music and her lyrics are basic but different by the way she expresses it. She and Alicia Keys to me have sort of the same music.....anyways.... much luv

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD Was So Great!

    I thought The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was such a good CD! I am so glad that Lauryn Hill went solo. She was also great with The Fugees but her CD just proved she was great on her own too! I love how the CD has little clips of kids talking about love in between the songs, it is so cute! The songs are great, the lyrics and the vocals are so excellent! Lauryn Hill is such a great artist and she should get all the credit and more that she deserves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Prophets have aroused our souls for the love of God, Lauryn reminds me of the depth of my soul each time I listen to this cd.

    The entire cd is awe-inspiring. The music spoke to me like an old-time gospel. Each time I listen to this cd I want to sit down with Lauryn and ask her about the arrangements on each track. One in particular is the Ex-Factor. This one provokes the senses like forbidden fruit. I've worn out my cd playing it again and again. This one says so much about how we put our heart and souls into relationships. And Lauryn sings that tune as if she speaks for everyone of us thats felt the pain of a failing union. The cd is awesome in that one person could be so creative in selecting Mr. Carlos Santana, who in my opinion calls down the angels in ''To Zion''; Mary J. Blige, um um um, she and Lauryn spoke in tongues on ''I use to love Him''. I think that if people are serious about the music they listen to and desire music that will touch their hearts and souls then this is a cd for any serious music-lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    bad to the bones

    I feel like Lauryn Hill is a great inspiration to all black womens of the world. I am so glad that someone take more pride in their music as she do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

    This former member of the renowned Fugees set out on her own to give the world this special project, bearing more of a religious influence than a non-religious one, that became one of the big hits of 1998, and caused her to triumph five (or maybe 100) times over at almost every awards ceremony in which she received nominations. Who cares what some people say? I¿m not accustomed to hip-hop either, but...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

    Now, this Fugee girl won five Grammy Awards with this hugely popular debut album. The most often played songs in my house are 'The Lost Ones,' 'Ex-Factor,' 'To Zion,' 'That Thing,' and 'Can't Take My Eyes Off of You,' one of two extra tracks. It ought to appeal for just about everyone who likes 'good music.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE REALEST FEMALE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

    I FEEL THAT LAURYN HILL IS THE BEST R&B/HIP HOP ARTIST IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. IN ALL HER SONGS SHE KEEPS IT REAL AND SHE LETS PEOPLE KNOW WHERE SHE IS COMING FROM. HER MUSIC, VOICE, AND LIFESTYLE INSPIRES ME A LOT BECAUSE SHE GETS STRAIGHT TO THE POINT. AS LONG AS SHE KEEPS ON BEING REAL, IN MY BOOK SHE WILL ALWAYS BE THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lauryn Hill Reaches The Top Of The Hill

    We all saw it coming. Ever since we first saw her do her thing with the rap group, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill's long-awaited solo effort was well worth the wait. She pours her heart and soul into beautiful ballads, soulful messages, and great dance tunes. A definite keeper for your music collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have For Your CD Collection

    This cd is amazing. Even if you tend not to like rap or r&b, you'll love this cd. It's one of those albums in which not only the songs played on the radio, but every song is great. Lauryn Hill's voice and songwriting are of the best in the music industry. Ziah, X-factor, and That Thing are personal favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Woooooooo-hooooo!!!!!

    Lauryn Hill's, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was an extrodinary album. Every song is excellent, every word reminds me of someone or something in my own life. I am usually a hard rock fan, but this Lauryn Hill album is just spectacular. I know how cheesy it sounds, but it's so true. I like music that I feel. I felt these songs, every word of every song, vibrating within my soul. I understand her, and she understands me.

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