Nas Reviews ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’

In an review from the September 2013 issue of XXL Magazine, Nas took a look back at The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill in light of the album’s fifteenth anniversary. Here is an excerpt:

It’s a timeless record, pure music. And that’s what we don’t hear anymore. She birthed her sound, and that’s timeless. She didn’t try to be cool, she was already cool. She didn’t have to fit in with any style, she was the new style, and it’s a positive style. It represents the time period — a serious moment in Black music, when young artists were taking charge and breaking through doors. It cleared the way for rap music to be what it is today. We demanded that the whole world pay attention, so the music had to be that dynamic, and she represents that.

… Beyond that, musically, the content — it’s an album that everyone today should listen to if they wanna make an album. No matter who you are — R&B, rap, rock, soul, whatever — you wanna make an album, I would say everyone should take a listen to this before you start working on yours. And then I’ll go beyond that. It’s a piece of work that’s needed in your deck, in your CD chamber, in your iPod. It’s one of those records that you need.


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