The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Label
Ruffhouse
Release date
1998
Running length
19 tracks
Running time
93:29

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Lauryn Hill - Intro 0:47 129,701
2 Lauryn Hill - Lost Ones 5:34 168,361
3 Lauryn Hill - Ex-Factor 5:26 228,719
4 Lauryn Hill - To Zion 6:09 171,380
4 Lauryn Hill Featuring Carlos Santana - To Zion 6:09 11,261
5 Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing) 3:52 346,725
6 Lauryn Hill - Superstar 4:57 138,758
7 Lauryn Hill - Final Hour 4:16 126,563
8 Lauryn Hill - When It Hurts So Bad 5:42 143,729
9 Lauryn Hill Featuring Mary J. Blige - I Used To Love Him 5:39 6,158
9 Lauryn Hill - I Used to Love Him 5:39 118,126
10 Lauryn Hill - Forgive Them Father 5:15 116,541
11 Lauryn Hill - Every Ghetto, Every City 5:14 113,568
12 Lauryn Hill Featuring D'Angelo - Nothing Even Matters 5:50 6,082
12 Lauryn Hill - Nothing Even Matters 5:50 123,580
13 Lauryn Hill - Everything Is Everything 4:54 226,470
14 Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 3:55 81,117
15 Lauryn Hill - Can't Take My Eyes Off of You 3:41 187,923
16 Lauryn Hill - Tell Him (Live) 4:40 16,633

About this album

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the debut solo album studio by Lauryn Hill. Released August 25, 1998, the album swept the Grammy Awards in 1999, being nominated for 10 and winning five. As of 2009, the album has sold over 19 million copies worldwide and over 10 million copies in the US alone, with the RIAA giving it Diamond status .

Background

In 1997, Hill began production on an album that would eventually become The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The title was partially inspired by The Education of Sonny Carson, a film and autobiographical novel about a troubled African American youth. The album includes collaborations with soul singer D’Angelo on “Nothing Even Matters”, guitarist Carlos Santana on “To Zion”, singer Mary J. Blige on “I Used to Love Him”; as well as then little-known John Legend playing the piano on “Everything is Everything”. Songs for the album were largely written in an attic studio in South Orange, New Jersey and recorded at Chung King Studios in Jamaica. Wyclef Jean, Hill’s bandmate with The Fugees, initially didn’t support Hill recording a solo album, but eventually offered his production help; Hill declined his assistance.

Several songs on the album concerned her frustrations with The Fugees; “I Used to Love Him” dealt with the break-down of the relationship between Hill and Wyclef Jean.

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