Memory Lane Featuring Lauryn Hill: 41 Years of Life
My earliest Lauryn Hill memory was during summer camp at our Lady of Lourdes Church on 143rd St. in Harlem. I was 8 years old and the year was 1996. I vividly remember our camp counselor's tuning into Hot '97 while we waited for our parents to pick us up. When "Killing Me Softly" came on, the whole auditorium sang in unison. Every kid in every grade level knew the words to the song. We were kids indeed, but we understood what it felt like to be high off of a song. At that moment I realized that I was really a fan of Lauryn Hill. The year that followed, I remember my older cousin telling me to pay close attention to the lyrics and messages on "DooWop That Thing"; but what did I know about women and sexuality then. Lauryn Hill is perhaps one of the most soulful artists to come out of hip-hops golden era. Her ability to act, sing and rap was incomparable during the time of her rise. She's an artist who taught me about spirituality way before I understood it's significance or meaning. Her body of work is reflective of the emotional human experience and an honest testament. Throughout the last decade, I've yearned for new material from the songstress, yet, the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2 and her influence with The Fugees still holds the same excitement.
On her 41st birthday, I revisited my favorite Lauryn Hill music videos. Join me as I pay homage to this true Queen.