- Next year, Lauryn Hill’s debut and greatest Hip Hop album of all time, “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill”, will turn 25.
Not only that, but during her headlining performance at ONE Musicfest in Atlanta, GA, this past weekend, Ms Hill hinted at going on an anniversary tour in 2023 to perform the debut album in its entirety, something her fans are all excited about.
“25 years on, so we gonna be back with those songs the way you can recognize them, aye?” she said in part while rocking a gorgeous zebra-print outfit and black-netted fedora.
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Ms Hill’s announcement was met with screams of jubilation from the crowd, who were treated to the most remarkable and memorable Lauryn Hill show of all time, per HipHopDX reports.
Released on August 25, 1998 – two and a half years after the Fugees’ revolutionary album, The Score – The Miseducation Album was a critical and commercial success and remains one of the most revered hip-hop albums of the millennia.
Featuring hits like “Everything Is Everything” and “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, which won her two Grammy Awards, the project debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 with more than 422,000 copies sold in its first week.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was also certified diamond by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in February 2021 and remains the highest-selling female hip-hop album in history, with over 20 million sales globally.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ms Hill revealed that while she’ll occasionally hear some parts of the album she’d have done differently, she feels nothing but undeniable love and passion for the work she put into Miseducation.
“I think my intention was simply to make something that made my foremothers and forefathers in music and social and political struggle know that someone received what they’d sacrificed to give us and to let my peers know that we could walk in that truth proudly and confidently,” Lauryn said.
“At that time, I felt like it was a duty or responsibility to do so. I saw the economic and educational gaps in black communities, and although I was super young myself, I used that platform to help bridge those gaps and introduce concepts and information that “we” needed even if “we” didn’t know “we” wanted it yet. Of course, I’m referring to the proverbial “we.” These things had an enormous value to me, and I cherished them from a very young age.”
Elsewhere, during her One Musicfest performance, Lauryn shared a touching moment on set with her son, Zion, and her two grandkids while performing “To Zion”, which is dedicated to her son.
“This is my grandson, Zephaniah. This is my granddaughter, Azaria. This is my son, Zion,” Ms Hill told the crowd before embracing him warmly. “That was beautiful. Thank you, Zion. I needed that hug. He’s a dad!”
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