Lauryn Hill Explains why after ‘Miseducation’ she never released another album
The GRAMMY winner finally disclosed, 23 years after the release of her lauded debut studio album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, why she never dropped a follow-up effort.
“Lauryn Hill explained in a recent interview for Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums podcast that no one from her label (Ruffhouse and Columbia Records) “had ever called me and asked if we could help you make another album.” She added, “There was no precedent for The Miseducation. For the most part, I have been able to explore, to experiment and to express.
There were scores of tentacled obstructionists, politics, suppressing agendas, unreasonable aspirations, and saboteurs EVERYWHERE after the Miseducation. People included me as it pertained to my album in their own accounts of their accomplishments, and if this contradicted my experience, I was considered an enemy.
However, she has nothing but legitimate praise for the album after reflecting on Miseducation’s legacy. “I’ve always been artistically quite critical of myself, so of course there are things I hear that could have been done differently,” she said, adding, “but the album’s LOVE, the passion, its purpose is, to me, undeniable.”
I think my purpose was simply to make something that made my forefathers and forefathers know that someone had earned what they sacrificed to give us in music and social and political struggle, and to let my peers know that we could walk in that reality, proudly and confidently,” she added.
” I felt like it was an obligation or a responsibility to do so at that time. …I questioned the standard and implemented a new standard. I think the Miseducation did that and I think that when the convention is questionable, I still do this-defy convention.
In August 1998, Miseducation fell and debuted at No. 1, selling a whopping 422,624 units to set a record for a female artist for first-week sales. The record went home with Album of the Year and Best R&B Album, “Doo Wop (That Thing)” won Best Female R&B Performance and Best R&B Song and Hill was named Best New Artist. She also became the first woman to earn 10 GRAMMY nominations and five wins in 1999.