(Artist spotlight) A Gem from Lauryn Hill (By G. Othello)

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A Gem from Lauryn Hill

An Appreciation Piece by Othello

I was 10 years old in 1998 when Lauryn Hill released “Doo Wop (That Thing)”. That song was from her debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. At the age of 10, I quite did not pay attention to the message of the song. I was more concerned with going outside to play and watching cartoons, but I knew I liked the song because of her beautiful voice and the beat. As I began to listen to the album and that song for years to come, I began to understand more the message that she was trying to portray.

Throughout the song Lauryn speaks to the women and men about respect and self-worth.

She tells women to stop objectifying themselves and wants them to realize their value. She also says that women deserve more than just respect and women are more than a sexual object. She also mentions that if you gave up that thing once, you would probably do it again. In one-line Lauryn says, “Showing off your ass cause you’re thinking it’s a trend.”

Now look at the way things are now. More than ever women are showing off their bodies. Just refer to Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, and the list goes on.

In the second verse she speaks to men that are “more concerned with his rims and his Timbs than his women”.

Whether or not you still rock Timbs or care about your rims is not the point. She is saying that men are concerned about the wrong thing. They are concerned about how much money they have and their flashy lifestyle. I feel she also is warning men to watch out for women who only see them for the money aka “Gold Digger”.

Men flashy lifestyles are also broadcasted on social media, making men that much more exposed to “gold diggers”. At the same time, she wants men to own up to their responsibilities as fathers and leaders. She wants men to love and honor women. Do not be the reason women hate men.

Even the late great Tupac spoke on men’s issues with women in “Keep Ya Head Up.”

“Doo Wop (That Thing)” is a great song. I feel everyone should know about this song and the album. Lauryn Hill has blessed us with pure gems.

Her knowledge and her talent will never go unnoticed or unappreciated over here at IzzyVision.

Thank You, Queen Lauryn Hill.

“How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?”

“How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?”

-Lauryn Hill

Let us know what you thought of Lauryn’s song in the comments. Share your thoughts on the album, when you first heard it and how you felt about it. We would love to hear!

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Written by, Othello

Of IzzyVision Entertainment

Othello@izzyvisionlegacy.com

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