Back in September, Rolling Stone released its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The list was updated for the first time since 2003. An unexpected album earned the highest honor of all hip-hop albums selected: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill coming in at tenth overall. Hill recently joined Rolling Stone‘s podcast series to talk about the album, and why she hasn’t recorded a follow-up to it.
“The wild thing is no one from my label has ever called me and asked how can we help you make another album,” she said. “Ever. Did I say ever? Ever! With Miseducation, there was no precedent. I was, for the most part, free to explore, experiment and express. After the Miseducation, there were scores of tentacled obstructionists, politics, repressing agendas, unrealistic expectations and saboteurs everywhere.”
The album was certified eight times Platinum by the RIAA and broke the record for first-week sales by a female artist previously held by Madonna’s Ray of Light. The project brought Hill five Grammy awards in total, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.
“The love in the album, the passion, its intention is to me, undeniable,” Hill said. “I think my intention was simply to make something that made my foremothers and forefathers in music and social and political struggle know that someone received what they’d sacrificed to give us, and to let my peers know that we could walk in that truth, proudly and confidently.”
However, the album’s success also brought troubling experiences to Hill as a creative.
“People had included me in their own narratives of their successes,” she says, “as it pertained to my album. And if this contradicted my experience, I was considered an enemy.”
Listen to the full interview on Amazon Music.
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