As Lauryn Hill gears up to celebrate 20 years of milestone album ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill,’ From The Vault takes you back to one of its most renowned classic.
Today’s pick is Ms. Hill’s ‘Doo-Wop (That Thing).’
Like the vast majority of the album, the track was self-written and self-produced. It served not only as the iconic album’s first offering but also as the singer’s solo debut after years with the Fugees.
Released in July 99, the song debuted at #1 in the US – a first for a Rap artist – and went on to become one of the biggest hits of the end of the decade.
Lyrically, the track preached a potent sermon aimed at young women and men – specifically how they ought to conduct themselves at the eve of a new century. It urged them not to get blinded by “that thing ,” not settle for less and to always demand respect.
Lauryn made sure she paid hommage to 60s R&B as well as Hip-Hop culture when it came to the cut’s accompanying video.
The split-screen visual showcased 2 différent block parties: one set in retro Manhattan and another one in a modern version of the New York neighborhood.
It was a genius way of expressing the varied influences found in Hill’s art.
We’re surely not alone wondering why and how the musical wonder hasn’t blessed the world with another studio LP – and, no, we don’t want to hear about that ‘Unplugged’ album.
Over the years, artists all over the world have cited the ‘Miseducation’ as a game changer when it comes to their artistry; and, in more recent times, it seems Ms. Lauryn Hill’s clout has only grown bigger in time.
We say her anniversary tour – which is already a great seller – would be the perfect vehicle to promote new material.
Make it happen, Ms. Hill, make it happen!