Mismatched make-up, public performance breakdowns, pleas for psychiatric help on behalf of Wyclef. Nothing really matters when it comes to new Lauryn Hill material. As either an effort to dilute the concentrated assumption that Lauryns gone mad or to haphazardly throw together random performances and soundtrack spots to quiet lingering fans, The Re-Education of Lauryn Hill mixtape is here. For hardcore L-Boogie disciples, a title of that magnitude would probably come attached to this heroic success story of how Ms. Hill rose from the ashes like the Phoenix and sits us all down by a fire to discuss it. Yeah, not so much. In fact, combined with the track selection, the title suggests an ironic career eulogy, as its several glimpses into the musical life of Lauryn Hill that have either never been released or never been thoroughly acknowledged. The mixtape opens with Lauryns verse from Music off Introducing Joss Stone. While its marked as an Intro, the abrupt ending didnt leave room for the best part of the song (Joss hook). Songs from various soundtracks are included, such as Lose Myself (from the Surfs Up soundtrack), The Passion (from Passion of the Christ), and Selah from (The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood). While they are all derived from Lauryns theoretical breakdown period, theyre brilliant enough to alert most that when she wants to, Lauryn can still deliver. Several tracks that were also performed on her MTV Unplugged album (rumored to be on her next studio album) appear on the mixtape some actually recorded in a studio; others performed live. Her Def Poetry Jam piece Motives & Thoughts is thrown in for good measure, as well as her covers of Sam Cookes A Change Is Gonna Come (off a late 90s Fugees import) and Curtis Mayfields The Makings Of You (from Dave Chapelles Block Party).Three unreleased tracks appear on Re-Education Take Too Much Rich Man, which vocally sounds closest to the Lauryn we used to know and love (and the only track that lives up to the mixtape title), Guarding the Gates, which discusses her pains in fitting into society, and the not so recent live favorite, Social Drug. Hearing these songs on The Re-Education of Lauryn Hill are like searching for hidden meanings on one of Tupacs 300 releases from the grave theres this dull acceptance that hes gone which blankets the true belief that hell be back some day. Fortunately, Lauryn Hill is still among us so how bout it Ms. Hill?