Lauryn Hill is commonly regarded as one of music’s greatest lyricists. In the ’90s, her socially conscious songs, her ability to rap and sing, and her expert wordplay made her a top artist.
However, much to the disappointment of her fans, only one studio album was released.
In her own terms, here is the truth about her career and the reason she never published a follow-up to Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation.
With’ The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’ Lauryn Hill struck gold.
Hill began her solo career after breaking up with the Fugees in ’97. To critical and public acclaim, her first album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was released in 1998.
The album gained favorable reviews, broke numerous sales records and won five Grammy Awards, including one for Album of the Year, with songs like “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Ex-Factor” and “Everything Is Everything,”
Decades later, Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation is still considered one of the greatest rap albums in the history of music. It was also the first album to top the Billboard 200 by a female rapper – until 2018, when Cardi B released her Grammy-winning Invasion of Privacy debut.
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‘Lauryn Hill Miseducation’ was the first and last studio album by Lauryn Hill.
Hill has never released a second studio album, despite her popularity and the success of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
A live album, MTV Unplugged 2.0, was released – a compilation of songs she performed in 2002 in an MTV Unplugged special.
However, while retrospective analysis was more positive, the response to the project did not match that of Miseducation, earning mixed reviews and moderate sales.
Hill has largely withdrawn from the world of entertainment since then, restricting her public appearances and releasing little music. Her new offering is the Queen and Slim soundtrack’s “Guarding the Gates” from 2019, which was her first album in six years.
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Why a second album was never released by Lauryn Hill
Hill revealed why she never published a follow-up to her acclaimed debut in an interview with the Rolling Stone’s 500 Best Albums podcast.
The crazy thing is, no one ever called me from my label and asked me if we could help you make another record, NEVER…NEVER.
Have I ever said anything? Never!’ she claimed.
“With ‘The Miseducation,’ there was no precedent. For the most part, I was free to explore, experiment and express myself,” she added. “After ‘The Miseducation,’ there were tentacled obstructionists, politics, oppressive agendas, unrealistic expectations and saboteurs everywhere. People had included me in their own narratives of their successes involving my album, and if that contradicted my experience, I was considered the enemy.”
A disappointing story, particularly given that it is supposed to follow up on Miseducation. We can only hope that, in the future, she will release something.
But either way, at least she left us with a classic, high replay value set of songs.