From The Vault: Lauryn Hill – ‘Doo-Wop (That Thing)’

Published: Sunday 1st Jul 2018 by Joe

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.

Enduring words!

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!

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  1. ~The Arcade~ July 1, 2018

    Wow! 20 years, congrats Lauryn!!! Watched an in -depth and well made documentary of Ms. Hill on YT by Empressive (check it out).

  2. Bravo!! July 1, 2018

    I really tired of Seeing the same back to the past vault. I understand most of these single top the billboard 100, but there’s other great song. You can cover the R&b charts. I just feel like your limiting yourself to the hot 100 when There other great artists that achieved greatest on the R&b charts.

  3. Achooo! July 1, 2018

    She had so much potential and fell victim to her own mind. Don’t let the demons get you

  4. Blak1 July 1, 2018

    Facts Doo Wop came out in 98 not 99

  5. Blak1 July 1, 2018

    TGJ writers are so jaded lol 😂 y’all are so self righteous! Why would a mother who gave you a classic, helped your life, give you new music when you only appreciate half of her and not all of her lol u a joke! She’s not giving no new music cause of a 20th Anniversary so enjoy memory lane! FOR the record after unplugged she’s released music that wasn’t to your liking but again TGJ writers don’t write facts they write what they think people want to read! #DoBetterTGJ

  6. Chasin Time July 1, 2018

    So TGJ is going to piggy back off of Empressive on YouTube. She made an excellent Behind the music on Lauryn yesterday it’s a must see.

  7. Lmfao_Hoe July 2, 2018

    Lauryn just May bless us with a new album just as D Angelo did with Black Messiah. I confidently believe this because Sony helped with extra money back in 2013 for her taxe case so she technically obligated to release an Album eventually to their deadline.

  8. Brandyfan87 July 2, 2018

    You guys are wrong this song was released in 98!!!!

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