Ryan and Matt spell the word L-O-V-E and wonder what it means as they consider Lauryn Hill’s solo masterpiece The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, her only studio album but one which defies the passage of time to remain eternally relevant and prophetic.
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I’ve always thought that the skits on “Miseducation” are a bit of a riff on the old joke that somebody was absent the day God gave out ______. Lauryn was absent when they take attendance at the beginning of the album, so much of what takes place is her reflections on the lessons that she wished she’d have learned earlier.
The somewhat maternal/scolding tone of some of the lyrics and her subsequent exit from the music scene parallels Lauryn with Dave Chappelle’s similar meteoric rise and disillusionment, at least in my mind. Both were incredibly talented prodigies who seemed to have a crisis of conscience about what compromises they would have to make to stay on top and whether or not the art they produced was ultimately positive for the black community or not.
Anyways, hope Aquemini is up next