Lauryn Hill announced her world tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary for her “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album. Joining the eight-time Grammy-winning artist is the Fugees, the group she was a part of in the 90s. The 17-day anniversary tour has been set to begin in September with the last date slated in November.
In a statement released, Hill shared “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is and was a love song to my parents, my family, my people, my musical and cultural forebears, my teachers, my loves, my Creator. I wrote love songs and protest songs — (still love songs) about the subjects and interests that inspired and moved me. I was confident that what inspired me would resonate with an audience that had been led to believe that songs of that kind could only live in the past.”
She went on to share that at the time, she loved music, and people and had immense gratitude “To God for my life, and genuinely blessed to have a platform where I could share wisdom and perspective through music. I felt a charge to challenge the idea that certain kinds of expression and/or certain kinds of people didn’t belong in certain places. I loved showing what could work or happen provided there was imagination, creativity and LOVE leading the way.”
Once In A Lifetime Experience
Hill’s album was her first and only solo album. In 1997, Hill andthe Fugeesp parted ways. The album created many groundbreaking moments. In 1999, the album earned 10 Grammy nominations. Hill won 5 Grammys, including Album of the Year, the first time a hip-hop artist won the award. “Miseducation” shattered the glass ceilingvfor Black women in the music industry, an environment usually dominated by men. While Hill never released a sophomore album, her work has continued to shape culture and music.
Teyana Taylor wrote in Billboard about Lauryn Hill’s influence “Lauryn Hill opened a lot of doors for us. She’s how I got my start. Before I even got signed, when people asked me to sing to them, I would sing Lauryn Hill’s version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” I sang that song for Pharrell. I sang that song for Jimmy Iovine. It’s how I got my first record deal.”
Other Black women like Normani and Ella Mai have also spoken highly of Hill’s work. Mai once shared that Hill’s work, “oozes with honesty,” while the singer and former Fifth Harmony member Normani shared that, “This album sets the bar very high for me. I can take away so much from this body of work — most importantly, feeling what I’m singing about and connecting it to people’s lives in a real way.”
Her upcoming tour will allow old and new fans to re-experience the influential, history-making album.
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