Lauryn Hill‘s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, will be one of 25 recordings added to the Library of Congress.
Every year, the Librarian of Congress is tasked with choosing 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old.
We already know why The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill deserves to be archived, but here’s why the Library of Congress chose the album:
Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on “Zion,” and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on “I Used to Love Him” and “Nothing Even Matters,” respectively.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill sold over eight million copies, earned Lauryn five Grammys (including Album of the Year), and is considered one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all-time.
Congrats to L Boogie on an honor well-deserved.