This fall Ms. Lauryn Hill will take us back to school with soulful hip hop tracks from the Grammy-winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and hits from her other releases. We highlighted some of our favorite razor-sharp verses that remind us why Lauryn is a creative force to be reckoned with. Hurry, tickets for shows across North America are on sale right now, so score your seats and get reacquainted with some of her most inspiring words.
“Doo-Wop (That Thing)”from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
“Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem”
“How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?”
You may feel like a piece of coal at times, but listen to Lauryn and don’t forget the diamond you really are.
“Mr. Intentional” from MTV Unplugged No. 2.0
“Wake up, you’ve been sleeping
Take up your bed and walk
Stop blaming other people
Oh, it’s no one else’s fault”
Eventually we all need a wakeup call, and this verse from her MTV Unplugged set doesn’t hold back any truth-inducing punches. If you need to open your eyes, just put this track on repeat.
“To Zion” from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
“Everybody told me to be smart
Look at your career they said,
‘Lauryn, baby, use your head’
But instead I chose to use my heart”
It’s never easy to choose between your head and your heart, but Lauryn definitely made the right call. Sometimes the heart knows what the head can’t understand.
“Superstar” from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
“They hail you then nail you
No matter who you are
They’ll make you now
Then take you down”
Just like Lauryn, you’ve probably had your share of haters and critics. Remember this verse when you need to put it all in perspective.
“Lost Ones” from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
“Hypocrites always want to play innocent
Always want to take it to the full out extent
Always want to make it seem like good intent
Never want to face it when it’s time for punishment”
Ms. Hill has no love for hypocrites and on this track she breaks down how they operate. If you have no love for them either, take these lyrics to heart.
“Ready or Not” from The Score, by The Fugees
“I must confess, my destiny’s manifest”
There’s greatness in all of us, and Ms. Lauryn Hill reminds you to manifest your own destiny in this brief but powerful line.
“Ex-Factor” from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
“Tell me who I have to be
To get some reciprocity”
It’s important to love with your whole heart, but it’s also crucial to know what you need to be happy. Follow this ex-Fugee’s lead and be brave enough to talk about your relationship with your partner when “it ain’t workin’, it ain’t workin’.”
“Adam Lives in Theory” from MTV Unplugged No. 2.0
“They exhausted every possible conclusion,
They can’t even entertain the solution,
In a brain filled with vain information and pollution”
We’ve all dealt with people who can’t be reasoned with, like your opinionated uncle at Thanksgiving. Trust Ms. Hill, save your time and don’t get swept into debates with illogical people.
“Everything Is Everything” from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
“Let’s love ourselves then we can’t fail
To make a better situation
Tomorrow our seeds will grow
All we need is dedication”
The optimism of this hit makes it the perfect jam to lift you up when you feel like quitting. Ms. Lauryn Hill reminds us that all good things are rooted in love.