Lauryn Hill Reveals Why She Never Released Another Album After ‘Miseducation’: “politics, repressing agendas, unrealistic expectations, and saboteurs EVERYWHERE”

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Lauryn Hill Reveals Why She Never Released Another Album After ‘Miseducation’: “politics, repressing agendas, unrealistic expectations, and saboteurs EVERYWHERE”


It’s been 23 years since Lauryn HillHer debut album was released The Miseducation of Lauryn HillFans still want to know why she didn’t release a second album after her huge success. ‘Miseducation’ won multiple awards, was praised by fans worldwide and was considered one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Fans finally have the answer after years of speculation from the legend!

In a recent interview, the 46 year-old rap icon opened up about what happened behind the scenes of the massive success.

“With The MiseducationThere was no precedent. I was, for most of the time, free to explore, experiment, express, and discover. After The Miseducation, there were scores of tentacled obstructionists, politics, repressing agendas, unrealistic expectations, and saboteurs EVERYWHERE.”

Lauryn continued,

“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 Hill later reflected on her late work and how it mirrors a lot of the conversations and debates that are had today, noting she was “ahead” of her time.

“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.”

Despite the lackluster support and understanding of her vision, Lauryn HillStill, she acknowledged the profound influence her debut album had on her.

“I also think the album stood apart from the types and cliches that were supposed to be acceptable at that time. I challenged the norms and created a new standard. I believe. The Miseducation did that and I believe I still do this — defy convention when the convention is questionable.”

Shortly after stepping away from the hip-hop group,The Fugees– which consists of Wyclef Jean Pras Michel–Lauryn Hill Published The Miseducation of Lauryn HillsAugust 1998. The album debuted at No. It reached No. 1 in its first week and became the first solo female rapper album to reach the top in the US.  The following year, received 10 GRAMMY nominations and 5 wins including Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. Her chart-topping single, “Doo Wop (That Thing)” won Best Female R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. Hill was also named Best Young Artist that year.

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