by: April D. Byrd
One night after consistent replays of "Doo Wop That Thing" by Lauryn Hill I found myself listening to her whole unplugged album and realizing how deep she was spiritually. It was refreshing to hear how conscious she was and how it reflected in her music. It was very inspiring. I knew her work was something really special. That's probably why her album "The Mis-Education Of Lauryn Hill" became a classic. Hopefully she'll be prompted to come back and gift us with another classic. The Library Of Congress is adding her legendary album to it's archive.
-- According to the Library of Congress press release, among requirements for inclusion in the archive are that the recordings be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and be at least 10 years old. The Library of Congress gave a lengthy explanation as to why it chose Hill’s debut 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.
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