The Induction of Lauren Hill’s ‘Miseducation’

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Back in 1999 Lauren Hill broke ground as the first female artist to win five trophies at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards. Hill was nominated ten times for 1998 album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. As 1/3rd of 90s hip hop group, The Fugees, Hill cascaded between songstress and lyricist with her milky – yet raspy tone, which fans would hear more of on her debut solo album.

The highly acclaimed Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has been added to the Greatest Albums of All Time and Best R&B Albums of the 90s lists. A recent addition to her accomplishments is the Library of Congress. In an official statement, The Library of Congress wrote of the songstress:

“Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on ‘Zion,’ and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on ‘I Used to Love Him’ and ‘Nothing Even Matters,’ respectively.”

The Miseducation of Lauren Hill will be archived in addition to 24 other sound recordings in a category that the Library of Congress has designated for “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy.”

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