It been over two decades since the Hip Hop icon and multi Grammy award winner #LaurynHill released her signature debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”
Though fans and fellow artist have been in deep want of a sophomore album from the lyrical songstress for years; Lauryn has officially addressed why they hasn’t happened as of yet.
According to The Jasmine Brand, Lauryn recently spoke on behind the scene occurrences paired with the success of her album. “With The Miseducation, there was no precedent. I was, for the most part, free to explore, experiment, and express. “
“After The Miseducation, there were scores of tentacled obstructionists, politics, repressing agendas, unrealistic expectations, and saboteurs EVERYWHERE. People had included me in their own narratives of their successes as it pertained to my album, and if this contradicted my experience, I was considered an enemy.”
Lauryn goes on to speak on how her music reflected a lot of the conversations surrounding topics being discussed today. “I wrote an album about systemic racism and how it represses and stunts growth and harms (all of my albums have probably addressed systemic racism to some degree), before this was something this generation openly talked about. I was called crazy. Now…over a decade later, we hear this as part of the mainstream chorus. Ok, so chalk some of it up to leadership and how that works — I was clearly ahead, but you also have to acknowledge the blatant denial that went down with that.”
The lyricist reveals that despite lack of support for what she envisioned for the project she recognizes the impactful legacy the body of work still has.
“I also think the album stood apart from the types and cliches that were supposed to be acceptable at that time. I challenged the norm and introduced a new standard. I believe The Miseducation did that and I believe I still do this — defy convention when the convention is questionable.”