Ms. Lauryn Hill‘s classic 1998 debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, will be joining a selected few of pivotal LPs in being inaugurated into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Variety reports that the National Recording Registry made the announcement Wednesday morning (March 25).
According to the Library’s official press release:
Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with annually selecting 25 recordings that are ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’ and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2014 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 425, a small part of the Library’s vast recorded-sound collection of nearly 3 million items.
In their description of why The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was selected for induction, the LOC explains:
Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on “Zion,” and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on “I Used to Love Him” and “Nothing Even Matters,” respectively.
If you’re like me, and you grew up jamming to this LP in the backseat of mom dukes’ G-ride (and you still have the CD to this very day; no, not the iTunes version, but the actual CD), then you’re looking at Lauryn like:
Now all we need from Ms. Hill is to hurry up and drop another classic.