Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1xCD)
Released: August 12, 2002
Release InfoPersonnel includes: Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo (vocals); Carlos Santana, Johari Newton, Robert Browne, Earl Chinna-Smith (guitar); Grace Paradise (harp); Dean Frasier (saxophone); Everol Ray (trumpet); Nambo Robinson (trombone); Tejumold Newton, John R. Stephens, Joe Wilson (piano); James Poyser (organ, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer bass, background vocals); Chris Meredith, Tom Barney, Matthew Rubano, Paul Fakhourie (bass); Jared "Chocolate" Crawford (drums); Ruby Byrd (percussion); Vada Nobles, Che Guevara (drum programming); Sabrina Johnston, Earl Robinson, Andrea Simmons, Kenny Bobien, Eddie Stockley, Jenni Fujita, Chuck Young, Rasheem "Kilo" Pugh, Fundisha Johnson, Lenesha Randolph, Ahmed Wallace (background vocals).
Engineers include: Tony Prendatt, Commissioner Gordon, Warren Riker.
THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL won the 1999 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year and Best R&B Album. Lauryn Hill won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. "Doo Wop (That Thing)" won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. "Nothing Even Matters" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. "Lost Ones" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. "Everything Is Everything" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Lauryn Hill is far from miseducated, as her solo debut album proves. With both critical and popular acclaim from her affiliation with the Fugees, Lauryn uses THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL to make a definitive individual statement. The focus here is love: love of self, love of her son, the love of her life, love of hip-hop. Her powerful lyrics and vocal talent put her in a class by herself.
One of hip-hop's more strong-willed artists, Lauryn's positivity defies the '90s materialistic rap scene. Although there is much more singing than rapping, Lauryn still covers plenty of hip-hop ground on THE MISEDUCATION, and her music falls into the rap category just as much as it does into R&B. Produced by Hill herself, this album gives us only a few guest artists (D'Angelo, Mary J.) but lots of Lauryn Hill.