I really need to start doing some homework before picking up a book. She Begat This: The 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was one of those books that I got so excited about without even knowing what it was about.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill apparently was one of the best Hip Hop/Rap albums to come out of the 90s. I have not been alone in my thinking on this one. I cannot believe it has been 20 years since the album came out, but for the last 20 years, I have been wondering where the hell Lauryn Hill has been and why she never came out with another album. All these years I chalked it up to her just being over the music scene. Which I found out after reading this book that may or may not have been the case.
I was a young teenager in the 1990s. Listening to the music now that my parents permitted me to listen to then… I often wonder what the hell was wrong with them?! I had no business listening to the likes of Foxy Brown and/or Lil’ Kim.
I had no idea that the music I was listening to then was changing the face and sound of Hip Hop/Rap. I had no idea then that 20-years later, I would still be listening to that music. I am that person in their mid-thirties…
This book told me exactly what happened with Ms. Hill and gave the reasons for her possible retreat out of the public eye. I have no clue her and Wyclef had a thing, but I probably could have guessed it. Nor did I know that Wyclef basically wrote a trashy tell-all outing Hill and their relationship.
I never (really) thought about the pressure fans can put on an artist. The demands we place on them. The pedestals we unknowingly place them on. No one thinks about the potential outcome of all of this. We, as fans, and critics feel like the artist owe us somehow.
It’s a short read. If you’re a child of the 90s, that listened to Ms Hill or the Fugees this is probably something you would enjoy. Informative if like me, you were wondering what happened with Ms Hill outside of a Google search.