It’s Tuesday! Time for another shout-out to a path breaking genre defining BIG-ASS song that literally changed the game y’all!
You see music from the 90’s has always kept me in a happy place mentally and spiritually (hello…Mary J Blige, Bjork, Erykah Badu, Garth Brooks, Faith Evans, Maxwell, Bon Jovi, Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Aerosmith, The Notorious B.I.G, Alanis Morisette, Lil’ Kim, George Michael etc along with the untouchable Madonna, Janet, Whitney, Mariah, Celine, Shania and Micheal Jackson?). MTV had established a legacy of turning music videos into a mainstream art form, a legacy which had sorta gone majorly KAPUT most part of the last decade. Thanks to Madame Gargoyle (and her fire-spitting platinum bra) and the likes of the current crop of artists ruling the game, the music video’s back (and how!).
Lauryn Hill was already an established supahstah as a part of the Fugees, creating some of the most magnanimous Hip-Hop classics of all time like ‘Ready Or Not’ and ‘Killing Me Softly’. But little did the universe know what she was about to unleash as her solo début! 1998 saw the release of ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’, Lauryn’s solo début, an album that was a path breaking testimony of her genius that literally defined the sound of Hip-Hop/Rap of the late 90’s. ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ debuted straight at # 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart to unanimous critical and commercial success, and has sold a mind-boggling 18 million copies worldwide to date. Lauryn created history and blazed a trail by becoming the first woman ever to be nominated for 10 Grammy’s in a single night, and ended up winning 5, including the coveted Album Of The Year Grammy (and you thought Beyaawwnce was the biggest thing evurrr..huh? DIE.)
The hits just kept on coming, although it was ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ that remains her biggest hit till date. It was the 10th single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to début at # 1, and it stayed there for 2 weeks and was certified Gold by the RIAA.
The video itself epitomized the legacy of the MTV video era, and showed Lauryn grooving and jamming in two block parties based in the 1960’s and the 1990’s separated by a split screen, while crooning about the African-American community caught up in a struggle to prove their worth. A video and a song of truly epic proportions!
Sadly though, Lauryn disappeared from the public scene after the success of the album and briefly returned in 2002 with a live ‘MTV Unplugged’ album. She has yet to release her REALLY long-awaited sophomore set, and there are rumors that she might just release a new album in 2012. If that happens, my faith in this cosmos will return. The world will be alright again. Can’t wait any longer Lauryn, the music world needs you. We get it! You’re a recluse and the music bizness is
a glorified piece of auto-tuned bullshit not like it used to be! Come back! Pwetty pweese??