Lauryn Hill Reflects on ‘Miseducation’ in New Interview [Video]

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Lauryn Hill reminisces on her 1998 Grammy-winning solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in a rare interview for the film series “Classic Albums by Classic Artists” presented by Reebok Classics and Rock the Bells.

“I was excited about taking this music that I thought was beautiful—old school, doo-wop music, cats used to harmonize—just taking that and making something contemporary that my generation could get excited about,” explained the former Fugees member, who is headlining the Rock the Bells Festival.

“I acted as sort of a bridge between an older generation and younger generation and how to put those styles together,” she continued. “I think Miseducation was really what that was all about, being a bridge between generations that could very well have drifted off in separate directions. I made a piece of music from a sincere place. I think that sincerity has no choice but to resonate with people.”

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32 Comments

  1. yooo

    Dope interview. One of the few artists out there who’s music stands for something.

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  2. Outspoken

    “I made a piece of music from a sincere place. I think that sincerity has no choice but to resonate with people.”

    That’s why it’s a classic. Love Lauryn.

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  3. AmbeRussell

    this is real hip hop and the real n true queen. 90 rap was the truth. not those facebook post n twitter updates style rapping wit songs that aint saying shit. the real artist please stand up n the fake britney spears need to go back home. lauryn bring ya music back 4 us to enjoy

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  4. DeeJay

    I can’t wait to see this whole interview. L-Boogie is incredable.

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  5. sturr

    A true Queen….

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  6. nte

    the album is a CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!wonder how many stars today can pull that off. adele tried. i think 21 will also go down history as a classic

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    yooo Reply:

    @nte, amy winehouse “back to black” is a true classic and paved the way for adele.

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    SumthinLikeFire Reply:

    @yooo, I agree.

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  7. BLAZE

    O wow this is great takes me back to the miseducation tour best concert i’ve been to she is dope

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  8. savt1st

    her problem is that she is always reflecting on the past Miseducation, and the public wont let her get past it to create something new. It’s like she needs to get off her on dick. Make new music already Dammit!

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  9. wow

    an all around great album.

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  10. Coleworld

    She said it best. That album really changed my life. I never get tired of listening to it.

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  11. Ironman

    Dont’t she look and speaks like Oprah in a way! XD

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    lala Reply:

    @Ironman, agreed!

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  12. rollafun

    yes miseducation was a good neo-soul album. and def. a classic.

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    jamie Reply:

    @rollafun,

    I agree, and it was like after The Miseducation, neo soul kinda lost it’s spunk. It’s not respected like it should be. Lauryn in a sense made neo soul/ r&b mainstream for a minute which is why imo, it’s considered a classic album.

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  13. Lala

    Queen! A true queen of her generation…Allthem Gagaaguileraspearashani whatever of her egneration should serve her her lunch every day! She is THE MOST important female performer of her generation. POINT

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  14. QUEEN BEYONCE STANN

    Okay I Love Lauryn & All But Why Is She Still Riding On An Album That Came Out Over A Decade Ago?
    Release Some New Shit Bitch.

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    Because She Can Reply:

    @QUEEN BEYONCE STANN,

    because she can

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    DE ACUERDO Reply:

    @QUEEN BEYONCE STANN
    I AGREE

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @QUEEN BEYONCE STANN, Cause thats what comes with a CLASSIC album. It still holds it’s value and relevancy today. Your fav has yet to make one so I understand why you feel that way.

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    jamie Reply:

    @Outspoken,

    PERFECT NAME AND PERFECT COMMENT!!!!!!

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @jamie, hey he or she asked for that one…thanks lol

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    QUEEN BEYONCE STANN Reply:

    @Outspoken, Yes It’s A Classic Album But No One Is Buzzin Over It Except Her Fans.
    & Why Bring Bey Into This? Stay On Topic, It Won’t Make You Look Pressed ;)

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @QUEEN BEYONCE STANN, “No one is buzzin over it except her fans”…imma let you re-read your own line and so no comment to that one lol. Your name brought Bey into this so you made yourself an easy target. Why would I be pressed? I think Bey is VERY talented…BUT she has NO classics. None of her albums will be discussed years down the line the way lauryns are being discussed now. That’s just the truth. Lauryns ONE CLASSIC with ONE album out is better than Bey’s FOUR albums with NO CLASSICS out.

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    jamie Reply:

    @Outspoken,

    And years have passed and Lauryn is still respected and she didn’t have to remove not article of clothing. Her craft and artistry spoke for her then and it speaks for her now. Classic artist, classic album enough said.

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    QUEEN BEYONCE STANN Reply:

    @Outspoken,
    Well I’m Just Saying The Truth. NO ONE IS CHECKING FOR LAURYN Except Her Fans.
    & Yes Her Album Is A Classic But I’m Wondering Why Doesn’t She Release Something New Instead Of Riding Off That One Album? You Don’t See Madonna Riding Ray Of Light For A Decade Heck You Didnt See Michael Riding Thriller For Over A Decade Either.
    & Just Because I Have Bey As My Name Don’t Mean Shit, Were Talking About Lauryn Not Bey So Stay On Subject Please ;)

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    rollafun Reply:

    @QUEEN BEYONCE STANN, ROFLMAOOOO i gotta admit i do agree…. like i stated above… miseducation of lauren was a classic album and the best neo-soul to date for the times she brung it out….but now it is like lauren release some new shit.. and say some shit.. practice what u preach… i use to idolize lauren when i was younger but now that i am older anybody would know she has done some crazy ass shit.. and it dont live up to the shit she was preachin in miseducation of lauren hill.. yeh i know that was a backhanded compliement and critique but i gotta call it how i see it.

    JussSaying Reply:

    @QUEEN BEYONCE STANN,

    Its so simple and you cant even see it. Greatness cannot be rushed! She obviously does it for the LOVE of music. Not for the Glits, Glamour or Paycheck.
    Lauryn has said many times that she does not like the state of music right now and doesnt feel her music would be appreciated.
    Can you blame her? U think this wayne, souljah, waka, gucci, juiceman generation would appreciate it? No.
    Listen to the topics Lauryn Hill spoke about in her album. No one does that anymore. If it aint sex, drugs or some stupid dance move Executives dont have faith it will sell.
    Unfortunately for you Lauryn has bragging rights to RIDE this album till the day she dies even if she never makes music again.

  15. Hugh

    Great interview
    She seems very intelligent

    Hope to see more for other classics

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