As iconic albums go, few can rival the reverberating, culture shifting brilliance of Lauryn Hill‘s 1998 solo debut ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.’
Winner of 5 GRAMMY Awards, including Album of The Year, the socially conscious LP is widely hailed as one of the most revered releases of all-time. Indeed, it received the honor of being included by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry.
But one reality has always run parallel to its legend: til this day it remains Hills sole studio album.
Various reasons have been offered up over the years, from Hill and the project’s collaborators, but the singer herself has spoken up and out about the matter in a super rare interview with Rolling Stone.
Find out what she had to say below…
In an email exchange featured in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums podcast special, the mother of six said of the lack of ‘Miseducation’ follow-up:
“The wild thing is no one from my label has ever called me and asked how can we help you make another album, EVER…EVER. Did I say ever? 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.”
Her latest stance, while possibly surprising to some, isn’t all that different from what we’ve heard about her take on the matter – both publicly and through the grapevine.
Whatever the actuality of the situation, it’s a tricky predicament.
On the one hand, who wouldn’t want more from her? But, on the other, the pressure to deliver (and not blemish her unique discography) is almost too towering.
With that, what are…