Our Lady Of The Day goes out to a woman with extraordinary talent, beauty, grace, a woman who held her own in a male dominated field and came out on top….the one and only Lauryn Hill.
Today is Lauryn’s 40th birthday and to think of the contributions she’s given to the world of music over the years is inspiring….specifically with her album, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.
This album in my opinion, is one of the best greatest albums in music history, not just hip hop history. From beginning to end, Lauryn gave us an intimate look inside her life through her lyrics, the different topics, and we held on to each song as we jumped from track to track. The mixture of hip hop, r&b, reggae, soul, pop..it was just genius.
That’s what I felt about the album at least but I’m sure there’s many of you ladies out there who felt the same when you first heard it.
TMOLH made history when it dropped in 1998 going straight #1 on the Billboard 200 chart selling over 400,000 copies. That was the most any female solo artist sold in the first week of release up to that point in time. The album earned her 10 Grammy nominations, 5 of which she won, making her the first woman to receive that many nominations and awards in one night. By 2001, the album had sold 8 million copies, and to the present, it’s sold over 22 million copies and counting.
Earlier this year, the Library Of Congress called The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and was selected to be included in the National Recording Registry.
During the late 90’s, hip hop was saturated with music about bling, women, cars, drugs, (still somewhat like today) and out of nowhere comes L.Boogie with her sick flow, catchy melodies, deep lyrics, music with a message…a complete opposite of what was taking over the music charts. No wonder people loved TMOLH so much, it was just different from the rest, special. Some of us were introduced to L.Boogie early in the game though, even way before The Fugees…I’m talking about when she starred in Sister 2: Back In The Habit alongside Whoopi Goldberg as the young Rita Watson. No one knew who she was, but she sure did stand out from all the rest in the film. The sound of her voice was just so unique.
In the end, she was a symbol of women empowerment during her reign. Taking over the music industry by storm without having to show off her skin and sex appeal…captivating people through her dope ass music, her craft. That’s commendable. That’s what Ladies First is all about and that’s why she’s the Lady Of The Day.
Enjoy the playlist and videos below:
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