Aug 21, 2018

4 Reasons @MsLaurynHill needs to Release a Sequel of The Miseducation by: @RamseySaidWHAT

What's the Movement main goal is to platform artists of all kinds in New Jersey and then outward. Occasionally we'll pull some opinions on the mainstream and outside of the area bringing you the dope music you may have never heard yet. This piece kind of gets to be a loophole. I mean Lauryn Hill is from New Jersey right? Right. I previously did write a piece on the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as a tribute and Throwback Thursday deal a few years back. I have mentioned this idea a couple of times and never put it to pen so this is it. Remember I said it first because I'm sure another music journalist/blogger/A&R or even artist themselves are going to take credit for this. You've seen it on WTM by Ramsey first. Here are four reasons a new Lauryn Hill album needs to happen.

The Re-Education of Lauryn Hill...nice ring to it right? Let's face it, The Miseducation is probably one of my generation's greatest complete projects of any genre. Whether you want to admit it or not it's not a big reach to say that. Still questioning my judgment, how about you question the recording academy and the five Grammy's they awarded her in 1999. The project is eight times platinum. Well in this country at least. These numbers are long before the streaming era my friend.

Pre-Y2K was probably the renaissance of neo-soul as a genre and Miseducation was right at the forefront of it. The way R&B has grown and the collection of subgenres that have been birthed from it, it'd be awesome to see how the production evolves. Lauryn Hill is a hell of a musician. Combined with synths and modern percussion I think she could really flourish in today's age. Let's be honest, the same hi-hat, kick, and snare combination is a little redundant. Maybe it's rude but really go back and listen to the percussion of Everything is Everything, Can't Take My Eyes off You, and Doo Wop (That Thing). Sounds the same. All Classics but repetitive.

Another reason she needs to drop a sequel is the monetary benefits. I could see it now. Imagine how Lauryn Hill would do on the charts. The Miseducation was timeless. The music branched across the world through many generations. This would do crazy numbers on billboard and all the streaming platforms. If her tax situation is how it suggests an album and tour would do wonders for her career and reputation of missing shows.

Unplugged is to Lauryn Hill as Blonde is to Frank Ocean. Both of these artists follow ups to classics seemed to be a collection of good songs but far from a great albums in comparison to their latter projects. They both are hermits when it comes to their time away from limelight and to focus on their craft.

"The challenge is aligning my energy with the time. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible." Lauryn Hill

If this is as true as her letter expressed the time away from the industry limelight should have been more than enough to muster up another classic. No easy feat sure, but she's the only one who's capable and the people believe in her. The Re-Education needs to happen for real. The Miseducation explores a 24 year old Lauryn and her experience with love thusfar. She's 42 now, how has love changed and grown with age for her? I think we'd all love to hear. Does it still feel good when it hurts so bad in 2018? I talked about how the original rang across the generations but is there something she'd like to tell her 20 something year old self?  The project dropped when I was 8 years old. I didn't really analyze it until I was in high school. The world is much different now. My world is too. I'm 26 and the way I look at love is different than when I was 24 let alone in 1999 you know? Imagine her contrast at 42. My friend Taye says this generation needs a project like that, and Ms. Hill is the only one who could deliver.

"There's a difference between loving someone and being in love with somebody."

It's not just her perspective we want to hear though. The skits and intro that featured the children in class talking about love. I'd love to hear them go back and grab those same kids and see how their perspectives changed. They aren't the same little girls and boys that said they weren't too young to be in love. Their grown up skits would be wonderful in the sequel (I came up with this first remember. I should patent this or A&R this thing). 

On Saturday, the Miseducation will be 20 years old. I've talked about how time and production could change the sound of this imaginary project. I wonder who she could collaborate with. D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige were wonderful on the original. I'd love to see a new version which would feature the likes of Andre 3000, Frank Ocean, Sabrina Claudio, SydJohn Legend, or even fellow Jersey songstress SZA. The ideas are endless. There's more pros than cons Ms. Hill. I don't want to sound like another angsty fan about missing out on a Afropunk set. We know how experimental her sounds are live. I think I speak for the entire world when I say we would love to hear it on wax. 

What are your thoughts? Think I'm crazy? I might be, tell us in the comment section below.
Jonathan C. Ramsey
Jonathan C. Ramsey

Multimedia Journalist, Founder and Chief Editor of WTM Host of A-Side B-Side Podcast and more. I like to talk about stuff and write it down. Sometimes to a microphone. Either way, I need you to feel this.

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