The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is arguably one of the best albums I've ever heard. There are so many people who will agree with me on this. When it came to the release of the album from lyricist, singer, actress Lauryn Hill the music world was thirsty for someone who was super talented and who had a message. Since it's release, Lauryn (and the rest of the people who contributed) have been praised for their work on the album.
The album was monstrous upon release with hit singles and sales. It won Lauryn five Grammys among numerous other awards. Now, almost 20 years later, one of the most prestigious honors is being bestowed upon the work of art. The album has been selected to be entered into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The press release explained why Lauryn's album among others was selected:
Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with annually selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant
For Lauryn specifically:
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.This is super awesome mainly because Lauryn represents my generation's contribution to music (somewhat). I often wonder what we will have to pass down to generations to come being that a lot of what's been released over my lifespan has been simple and without value to say the least. We have a lot of artists who are fun and for the party scene, but very few have released something timeless. So, we want to say congratulations to L. Boogie, and I can't think of another piece of art that I'd like to not only rep my generation, but hip hop and r&b for years to come! Salute!