More than 22 years ago rapper slash songstress Lauryn Hill release her debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” ,critically and commercially successful album for a femcee at that time was unheard of. But Lauryn Hill did that with her debut at the age of just 23 as she explored the genres of neo soul,reggae,rnb too.
Recently Rolling Stone Magazine placed “The Miseducation..” at number 10 on their 500 Greatest Album of all time. In their partnership with Amazon Music , Rollingstone did a podcast for which Ms. Lauryn Hill did a rare interview where she explained why her sophomore album never came out.
“The wild thing is no one from my label has ever called me and asked how can we help you make another album, EVER.!! With The Miseducation, there was no precedent. I was, for the most part, free to explore, experiment, and express. After The Miseducation, there were scores of tentacled obstructionists, politics, repressing agendas, unrealistic expectations, and saboteurs EVERYWHERE. People had included me in their own narratives of their successes as it pertained to my album, and if this contradicted my experience, I was considered an enemy.” explained Hill
Laruyn Hill also talked about the album’s commentary on system racism
“All of my albums have probably addressed systemic racism to some degree, before this was something this generation openly talked about. I was called crazy. Now over a decade later, we hear this as part of the mainstream chorus. Ok, so chalk some of it up to leadership and how that works—I was clearly ahead, but you also have to acknowledge the blatant denial that went down with that. The public abuse and ostracizing while suppressing and copying what I had done, (I protested) with still no real acknowledgement that all of that even happened, is a lot.”