The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
In a year when rap and hip-hop crossed over ever more to the mainstream, no one brought old school and new school together more brilliantly than Lauryn Hill. Best known previously for her vocals for the chart-topping Fugees, Hill's solo debut is a sumptuous blend of smooth soul, hip-hop, rap, reggae and R&B. Her classroom is the real world and the disc details her personal journey through it. Whether it's the inspirational story of single motherhood (“To Zion”), the compelling tale of lust and immorality (“Doo Wop”) or the survival saga duet with Mary J. Blige (“I Used to Love Him”), Hill's songs ring of reality.