5. Lauryn Hill, 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'
After months locked in tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Lauryn Hill emerged from the shadow of the Fugees to create a stunning musical document that is equal parts Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and, well, no one but Lauryn Hill. She sings and rhymes; she gives us ballads, party rockers and doo-wop; she sings of love for men, her son, Zion, her New Jersey childhood and (maybe) her ex-boyfriend, Wyclef Jean. She wraps it all in a raw, completely human sound in which you can hear fingers plucking guitars, needles meeting vinyl and drumsticks touching cymbals. When someone asks you, "What is hip-hop soul?" play them The Miseducation. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-19691231/the-miseducation-of-lauryn-hill-lauryn-hill-19691231 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill