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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Hip Hop Album of ALL Time!, January 18, 2007
Yes, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the best hip hop album of all time! I am aware that the production of the album incorporates R&B, reggae, and other musical genres that many believe remove this album from the hip hop category, but let me pose this question: isn't real hip hop just that? Didn't hip hop emerge as the musical genre and cultural lifestyle that appropriated former ones to create a new one? This is forward thinking hip hop, hip hop immune from the "copycat" disease that many hip hop artists perform after the success of a given formula. Gone are the exaggerated rhymes of self-grandeur, and instead we are given a thoughtful commentary on life. Finally somebody was able to capture the trials and tribulations of being not only a woman in this society, but also a human being struggling with external and internal problems. Beautiful, profound, honest, innovative are just some words that best describe this masterpiece. Listening to this album is like taking part on a much needed journey. I strongly hold that this album rejuvenated, if not saved, hip hop at a time when it was trying to recuperate from the Tupac and Biggie deaths. This is the second CD that I ever bought--back in 1998--and each time I listen to it I find something new and connect to it on a different level. An album that you listen to in its entirety, you will not be disappointed. For great lyrics and flow listen to "Lost Ones" while "Ex Factor" is the best song.

Let's remember that this was the first hip hop album to win a Grammy for Album of the Year!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old skool meets new skool = French poetry for the Hip Hop generation, January 18, 2007
This review is from: Midi20 (Audio CD)
To say the French love and admire their poets is an understatement. Le Grand Corps Malade (translates as "the big--in the sense of tall--sick body") utilizes the fundamental rules of French poetry (relying heavily on the aléxandrin, for example)and does what he calls "slams." This type of poetry is fairly equivalent to spoken word, yet I would say more stylistic. It takes spoken word up a notch by mixing the old school with the new school. It is poetry for the hip hop generation. Clear parallels can be drawn between rap and "slams" (flow, rhyming, delivery, style, social messages, etc). The album's "slams" are full of self-reflection (very philosophical) and clear views/conclusions of the world. While "slams," like spoken word, are best experienced live, this album captures the essence of poetry done amazingly well. Many "slams" are accompanied by background music and other audio that enhance the meaning of the "slams." Given that this album is completely in French, it would be preferable that you have an understanding of the language, but anyone interested in spoken word such consider checking this album out, at least for its stylistic form.

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