June 5, 2023

THE biggest OF ALL TUNES: Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn hill (1998)

THE biggest OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a series of posts, creating my 100 preferred tunes of all time.  The master listing is here, as well as I update it about every two weeks or when I have one more 10 tunes or so.
Lauryn hill didn’t event soul/rap, however she perfected it.  before her, there had been spirit singers who had rap breaks, as well as rappers who had spirit hooks, however hill merged the two perfectly very first in her groundbreaking work with The Fugees as well as then on one of the very best hip hop albums of all time, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The debut had many, numerous hits as well as it’s one of those unusual albums where you can’t avoid a single track, even the several “hidden” cuts at the end.  Doo Wop (That Thing) was the premier single, as well as while some may state it didn’t have the depth of a few of the other tracks on the album, it represents an ingenious method of turning frivolous, sexist pop on its head.  The tune debuted at #1 in 1999 as well as won two Grammies. 

Before this song, hill was understood as a sideplayer for Wyclef Jean’s Fugees as well as had a minor solo hit with Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”  Doo Wop recognized her as the very best solo singer of her time…And then she quickly disappeared.