Yo, remember back on the boogie when cats use to harmonize like... A classic album that withstands the test of time is a hard one to create. It's even harder to be considered a legendary artist with only one iconic album to your name, and it's an even bigger feat for that one album to be your debut. Lauryn Hill has managed to achieve all three of the things we just mentioned, and she did it with the album she released 25 years ago on this day—The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. One look at the studio album section of Hill's discography shows this to be the only record of hers in this category, and that's because Lauryn Hill essentially dropped one album—one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time—and never returned. Why is that exactly?
It's not like the demand wasn't there for more albums because folks are still asking for Hill's sophomore record to this day, and it's not like Lauryn Hill has dipped off the radar completely, because she has continued to successfully tour off this one record for over two decades—regularly sold out concerts and one-off shows at that. If we had to take a collective guess as to whether or not Lauryn Hill will ever release another album, our guess is going to be a no because... she doesn't need to—ever again. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill set records, broke records, and remains one of the bestselling albums of all time. Let's reflect on how that became the case.