Lauryn Hill’s sultry vocals, heart-tugging lyrics, and prophetic sensibilities beautifully blended the sacred and secular. Hill sings messages of rebellion, redemption, and always with a spiritual ethic of love that leans on God to inspire liberation. Here’s how.
Throughout “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album, there are interludes with Black teens expressing what they believe the meaning of true love is. Although Hill spoke about romance, her gospel about God’s love for us was abundantly present.
Hill’s lyrics remind us that love has always been a spiritual experience that must exist in all ways, even beyond religious traditions. There’s no liberation without love.
With lyrics like “my emancipation, don’t fit your equation” on “Lost Ones,” Hill speaks with a spirit of rebellion, and on “I Find It Hard To Say,” she directly encourages us to become aware of that which oppresses us and rebel against it. “We must destroy to rebuild. Wake up, you might as well,” she says.
In “I Used To Love Him,” Hill croons about praying for the Lord’s forgiveness. According to author Daniel Hodge, Hill created space for those “hurt, disenfranchised, and disinherited to find meaning and, essentially, God.”
Lauryn Hill’s spirituality reminds us that God’s love is limitless. We’re co-creating the world we deserve to live in with the Most High by our sides, always.
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