(AllHipHop News) August 25, 2018 marks 20 years since The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released. Hip Hop's first Album of the Year Grammy winner is regarded as a masterpiece by many listeners.
On Saturday (8/25) at 1 pm ET, Apple Music’s Beats 1 will celebrate TheMiseducation. Producer Che Guevara will reflect on the creation of the classic project. Salaam Remi, Nicki Minaj, H.E.R., TLC, Alessia Cara, and other artists also share their thoughts on Lauryn Hill and her debut solo LP.
Read some of the creators' quotes below. Listen to Beats 1 here.
> She was really open and creative, in terms of the freedom of creating ideas, so it was pretty free. When we were just creating beats and sketches, and just getting in the studio — literally, just getting in the studio. It’s an album and took a year plus, and she was pregnant. So you know, with a lot of hormones. She went through a lot of ups and downs with her confidence. It’s a woman who's pregnant, leaving a tumultuous relationship, moving into a new relationship with the father of her child, the first child of the father of five children of her children. Naturally, there were some bumps and bruises along the way.
> Prior to Miseducation, if you thought about a Hip Hop R&B album, it would have sounded like some form of Mary J. Blige’s albums. But with Miseducation, rather than just going back to the hip-hop sounds directly at that point, there was some Hip Hop known as far as flipping the samples that Wu-Tang used and different things like that, but it was also more of a deeper energy that was more about music that was beyond her years. For you now to be listening to an album from a 19, 20, 21 year old woman, it took the music IQ level of it up. And then also, the intelligence and the lyrics that she was putting forth was a level up. So, for what people may have been expecting, I think it just hit them in the heart. But most of all, they hit the young women who were now in their late teens or early 20s and gave them a soundtrack. That's why I believe it’s still, to this day… because of what it came from. It wasn't like she had to get a rapper on it to give it credibility. She just rapped the whole album, and she was that rapper, still. She still is, actually.
> On my Instagram, I posted the one time, after the Tidal concert, me bowing down to Lauryn Hill and I'd like to say that for everybody that doesn't know, after that, she was very genuine to me. We shared a real moment and I remember crying to Miseducation when I first heard it, and I couldn't believe that here was this queen, standing right before me. I had to bow down. I had to bow down, so she understood the level in which she changed my life and music for the rest of ever. I saw her perform live. She and Nas did a concert and when her part came up, I went out into the crowd. She's just an icon. She's just a different thing... she's just her own thing. Like, you cannot put a word on what she is when she steps onstage. She takes your breath away.
T-Boz of TLC:
> I love the whole album and it's hard for me to pick just one song because of her delivery. I mean, she be in the videos sometimes pregnant, and sometimes not. She was doing it at a time where they would probably be like, "wait until you have your baby." Whereas these days, a female artist -- whether you're an actress or whatever -- if you're pregnant, you celebrate that from the moment that you decide to share it with the world. She didn't care, she just did it. Her voice -- to be able to rap like that and sing like that, she was and is unbelievably talented. There's nobody like Lauryn Hill.
Chilli of TLC:
> She's special. She is very special. And you know what I love and respect about her, is that I remember meeting her for the first time when we first came out. She paid us so much homage. Even in the beginning, she went out of her way to get over to me, to say something. I thought that was really cool how amazingly nice she was in and to give respect to another artist. She's so dope.
> Her music has given me the courage to rap and to apply spoken word back into rapping. I think The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was like her diary and it just made me feel like I was able to release my diary. It makes me feel like I can carry the torch, like I can do the same. She really gives me that bravery and that confidence. What makes Lauryn such an incredible artist was her ability to say the things that sit in the back of our minds and say the things that are so personal to her. She gives me, an artist like me and writers like me, the strength to be extremely honest and to write music that comes from the soul and to really dig deep, and that's who she is. She's someone who thinks so deeply and thinks feels so deeply and I'm so inspired by that. She inspires millions of women, to this day. It's incredible how long that album has been out, but how it's still changing people's lives.
> She sings about real stuff. She's always been real, and it's not even like, she just sings about real stuff — you can hear it in her voice. It’s rare that you hear somebody that's not only technically just a great singer, but she's not a perfect singer. She never tried to sing perfectly, you can hear it — there’s like barely any reverb on her stuff. It's just so raw, and she just sounds so beautiful. It sounds like a woman speaking to me, rather than someone singing a song for radio, or whatever. I’ve always just loved the sound, like she was talking to me, and it's beautiful.