I loved the FUGEES. As a matter of fact Lauryn Hill wasn’t even my favorite Fugee, neither was Wyclef Jean. Nope that honor went to John Forte. He was underrated. Yes I said it. The first CD he released was entitled, “Poly Sci”. If you haven’t heard that entire CD, and you are a true Hip Hop fan, I suggest you download it.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill stands up as the greatest debut CD release ever by a solo artist. There are some individual solo artist debuts that have come close like Brandy, R Kelly, DMX, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, Notorious B.I.G, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Phonte, and Nas but Lauryn’s Miseducation did something that no other CD has done to date; provide the perfect marriage of Rap and R&B, sealed with a great arrangement, and the outstanding music production.
If Lauryn Hill had released the Miseducation today it would have remained number one for one-week. That’s not because of the competition from other artists either. CD’s today are praised because they don’t sound like the other music being released today. Not because they are great full length CD’s.
That is one of the problems with today’s music.
In 1998 when Lauryn Hill dropped the Miseducation there was a plethora of good music released within months of her debut.
Here are just a few:
Usher My Way
Money Power and Respect The L.O.X
Anytime Brian McKnight
Gang Starr Moment of Truth
Big Pun Capital Punishment
DMX It’s Dark and Hell is Hot
Jay-Z Volume 2 Hard Knock Life
R. R Kelly
Tical 2000 Method Man
Doc’s Da Name 2000 Red Man
That’s not including CD releases from other debut artists or groups like Faith Evans, 112, Total, Maxwell, Deborah Cox, Monica, Keith Sweat, Dru Hill, and Jagged Edge.
REMEMBER THE CHOICES WE HAD IN MUSIC BACK IN THE DAY?
I believe the greed of the big corporate radio stations led to the demise of quality CD releases.
Sounds like an explanation you have heard before but let me explain my version of that statement.
In 1999 following up on the extreme success of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and the flood of other platinum selling R&B, Soul, Hip Hop and Adult Contemporary CD’s, radio stations realized that there was an opportunity to make additional advertising sales. The radio stations could do so by creating single segmented separate stations instead of playing all genres on one station and letting the listeners decide what they wanted to hear.
THE RADIO STATIONS REALIZED IN A PERFECT WORLD THAT LAURYN HILLS CD WAS 4 CD’S IN ONE!
This presented the radio stations the opportunity to make 4-times as much money creating 4 different radio stations under the same company.
THAT LEAD TO RADIO STATIONS CALLED POWER (THIS) AND V100 THAT.
IT ALSO LEAD TO BIG VOICEOVER GUY SAYING,
“THE BEST STATION FOR HIP HOP, BEST STATION FOR R&B, BEST STATION FOR OLDIES.”
No longer did your favorite radio station play it all, they only played the Best of Hip Hop. Their top eight at 8 count down consisted of all Hip-Hop. No R&B, No House Music, all Hip-Hop.
When I was young WBMX played, The Sugar Hill Gang, Kool and the Gang, Hall and Oates, and Luther Vandross. This cross-sectional music library allowed for Father and Son to essentially be getting off of School and Work at the same time and listening to the same song. My Uncle would call me and ask if I heard of Eric B and Rakim and let me know that the sample they were rapping over was from James Brown. I would call him and ask him if he heard of an artist named William”Wee Gee” Howard singing a song entitled, “Children Hold On To Your Dream”. He would say yes and then we would chat more on other subjects. This was because we were listening to different eras of music on the same radio station.
For advertisers it allowed for a bigger reach within the radio station demographic. If you lived along the radio stations signal you were guaranteed to hear the participating advertisers commercials. Everybody knew about Belvidere Blues Baby; young and old!
Now I am not saying that today’s music is not as creative. Kanye West, Common, Little Brother, Jamiroquai, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Dwele, Harry Connick Jr, Lady Gaga, even Psy are hella creative. What I am saying is that you can’t listen to one station and hear all of those artists get played.
It’s a shame that Grandmother, Mother, Daughter, Grandfather, Father and Son can’t share stories about Nat King Cole, The Temptations, Bone Thugz N Harmony and Miguel. It would at least allow for more family time together.
Wow. Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation CD is responsible for the demise of the radio station, the family, and the decline in the buying power of advertiser dollar!
When your CD is knighted as the best CD to ever come out your impact and effect is endless…
“It's funny how money change a situation, Miscommunication leads to complication
My emancipation don't fit your equation, I was on the humble, you - on every station.”
Well not on every station anymore!
As I write this weeks article I am listening to the smooth vocal styling’s of Nicole Henry. If you love great vocals and want to hear a new take on some of the classics check out her website at http://www.nicolehenry.com/music
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