Lauryn Hill recently spoke about why she never followed up on the success of her debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
One of the greatest female voices in Hip Hop comes from the incredibly talented New Jersey native, Lauryn Hill. Forming the 90s Hip Hop group The Fugees with Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, Lauryn added to the raw blend of Hip Hop, Reggae and RnB. Before The Fugees, Lauryn already established herself as an actress. She appeared on soap As the World Turns and in a featured role alongside Whoopi Goldberg, in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.
In 1997, experiencing success with songs like Killing Me Softly and Ready or Not, The Fugees began solo albums. Lauryn Hill hit Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston to record her debut solo album. The Miseducation of Lauryn, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 422,624 copies in its first week. As a result, it broke the record for first-week sales by a female artist at that time. Moreover, the album became a huge commercial success, Lauryn Hill would not release another studio album in her career.
Lack Of Interest From Label To Follow Up On Success Of Debut Album
In a recent podcast by Rolling Stone on Amazon Music titled Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums, Lauryn Hill explains why she never followed up on her debut album. She reveals that it wasn’t the lack of interest from her but of the record label. “The wild thing is no one from my label has ever called me and asked how can we help you make another album, ever, ever. Did I say ever? Ever.”
After the release of her album, Lauryn Hill experienced mixed feelings while people included her music in their agendas. She added: “After the Miseducation, there were scores of tentacled obstructionists, politics, repressing agendas, unrealistic expectations, and saboteurs everywhere. 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.”
Later, Lauryn spoke about the lasting legacy of her album that has stood the test of time. She took it as her responsibility to challenge the boundaries of music both socially and politically. Find all episodes of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Podcast here.