It's hard to overstate the impact The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has had on pop culture. Hill's 1998 studio album was a commercial and critical smash; on the strength of singles like "Doo Wop (That Thing)" and "Everything is Everything," the album went 8x platinum and won five Grammys, including Album of the Year, making it the first hip-hop record to earn the prestigious award. Yet even beyond those obvious signposts of success, Miseducation still has a vibrant, timeless quality that marks it as one of the most influential albums ever released. Acclaimed new R&B artists like SZA are clearly indebted to the album's clever, vulnerable numbers like "Ex-Factor," while rapper/ singer duel threats like Drake are obviously descendents of her pansophic talent (in fact, Drizzy made this connection explicit by sampling "Ex-Factor" on his latest hit "Nice For What").
In honor of the 20th anniversary of one of the most monumental albums of our time, Ms. Lauryn Hill his heading out on a summer tour in which she'll perform her debut solo album in full. The tour kicks off on July 5 in Virginia Beach and includes a Sept. 26 concert at Colorado's iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday, April 20; grab yours right here on AXS.com.
In a statement announcing the tour, Hill reflected on the album's genesis and the impact it can have in 2018:
“This album chronicled an intimate piece of my young existence. It was the summation of most, if not all, of my most hopeful and positive emotions experienced to that date. I Loved and believed deeply in my community's ability to both Love and heal itself provided it received the right amount of support and encouragement. Our world today, both complex and changing, is in need of the balance between moral fortitude and cathartic expression. I hope the Love and energy that permeated this work can continue to inspire change with Love and optimism at the helm.”
To that end, Pitchfork reports that "a portion of ticket sales will go to the MLH Foundation, which supports education, health, agriculture, technology, and community-based initiatives."
Celebrating one of the greatest albums ever made at one of the greatest venues on Earth for a great cause should result in a lot of Love for both the audience and performer. Click here for tickets and keep it on AXS.com for more on Ms. Lauryn Hill's tour.