Breaking Up with Lauryn Hill
By Stefan Schumacher
"It’s Finally Time to Stop Caring About Lauryn Hill"
I used to love her. I don’t anymore.
I’ll never forget the first time I heard The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It was in a record store, back when they had stations set up for you to listen to new albums on headphones. As soon as the first song “Lost Ones” kicked off—a devastating dis record aimed at former boyfriend and Fugees band member Wyclef Jean—I was hooked.
It’s followed up by one of the most potent songs about tortured love, “Ex Factor,” and an incredible tear-jerking ode to motherhood, “To Zion.” I listened to about half the album before buying the CD.
My introduction to this masterpiece is not just an illustration of the power of the music, but how long ago it was released. There are no more record stores, and these days we rarely come into contact with new CDs. The idea of going to a store to discover music seems downright prehistoric.
And wouldn’t you know it, it was reported that she did show up late and promptly threw a fan out for heckling her about being tardy.
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Also check out Rapper Talib Kweli's response to the above article: In Defense Of Ms. Hill
He says, "It’s finally time to stop letting folks from outside of our community tell us how to feel about Lauryn Hill"
Where do you stand when it comes to Lauryn Hill?