The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

by Lauryn HillLauryn Hill


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When 23-year-old Fugees member Lauryn Hill stepped up and recorded her ambitious, sprawling, and superb solo debut, 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil, she revived a music-business doctrine promoted by James Brown: honest hard work. Hill wrote, produced, and performed on every track on the disc (its title drawn from Carter G. Woodson's book, Mis-Education of the Negro), emulating the "musical journey" production style of a couple of other inspiring masters, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Hill's theme is love -- of self, of family, of community, and of significant other, with many of the songs introduced by a grade-school classroom discussion on the subject. While Hill's rhymes sometimes reach for the highbrow, she also dispenses the folk wisdom of "How you gon' win/When you ain't right within." Singing in a dark, low alto, Hill reveals well-rounded influences and tastes, seeing herself as a vulnerable vocal hybrid of Chaka Khan and Betty Wright on the steamy "Ex-Factor" and soaring above Carlos Santana's resolute guitar on the gorgeous lullaby to her son, "To Zion." Ranging from edgy, insistent hip-hop to horn-enhanced, '70s-flavored soul, Hill is a purist, but -- as on "Every Ghetto," a funky, Wonder-ful tribute to the New Jersey neighborhood she grew up in -- the whole album exudes a timely energy. Her five Grammy wins for this album reveal the scope of her appeal, but this is Hill's personal triumph and celebration.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/1998
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646903520
catalogNumber: 69035
Rank: 1739

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lauryn Hill   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Anderson   Guitar
Earl Robinson   Background Vocals
Sabrina Johnston   Background Vocals
Don-E   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Lori Holland   Organ,Clarinet,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Tom Barney   Bass
Bud Beadle   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mary J. Blige   Vocals
Kenny O. Bobien   Background Vocals
Rudy Byrd   Percussion
D'Angelo   Vocals,fender rhodes
Francis Dunnery   Guitar
Paul Fakhourie   Bass
Dean Fraser   Tenor Saxophone
Christopher Meredith   Bass
James Poyser   Organ,Celeste,Harpsichord,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,Moog Bass
Kevin Robinson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Nambo Robinson   Trombone
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar,Background Vocals
Andrew Smith   Guitar
Eddie Stockley   Background Vocals
Fayyaz Virji   Trombone
Elisabeth Valletti   Harp
Julian Marley   Guitar
Carlos Santana   Guitar
Chuck Young   Background Vocals
Robert Browne   Guitar
Grace Paradise   Harp
DJ Supreme   DJ
Johari Newton   Guitar
Tejumold Newton   Piano
Tara Wilkons   Background Vocals
Racheal Wilson   Background Vocals
Jennifer McNeil   Background Vocals
Stewart Zender   Bass
Lenesha Randolph   Background Vocals
Rasheem "Kio" Pugh   Background Vocals
Fundisha Johnson   Background Vocals
Indigo Quartet   Strings
Squiddly Ranks   Drums
Everol Ray   Trumpet
Andrea Simmons   Background Vocals
Matthew Rubano   Bass
Jared "Chocolate" Crawford   Drums
Ahmed Wallace   Background Vocals
John Stephens   Piano

Technical Credits

Shelly Thunder   Contributor
Tony Prendatt   Engineer
Warren Riker   Engineer
L.A. Hill   Composer
Matt Howe   Engineer
John Wydrycs   Engineer
Ramon Rivera   Contributor
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Wyclef Jean   Composer
Commissioner Gordon   Engineer
Lauryn Hill   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Chris Theis   Engineer
Ken Johnston   Engineer
Vada Nobles   Producer,drum programming
Che Pope   Programming
Storm Jefferson   Engineer
Johnny Wyndrx   Engineer
Johnny Wydrycz   Engineer
Che Guevara   Producer,drum programming

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