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Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed and influential debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with this eye-opening and moving exploration of Lauryn Hill and her remarkable artistic legacy.

Released in 1998, Lauryn Hill’s first solo album is often cited by music critics as one of the most important recordings in modern history. Artists from Beyoncé to Nicki Minaj to Janelle Monáe have claimed it as an inspiration, and it was recently included in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, as well as named the second greatest album by a woman in history by NPR (right behind Joni Mitchell’s Blue). 

Award-winning feminist author and journalist Joan Morgan delivers an expansive, in-depth, and heartfelt analysis of the album and its enduring place in pop culture. She Begat This is both an indelible portrait of a magical moment when a young, fierce, and determined singer-rapper-songwriter made music history and a crucial work of scholarship, perfect for longtime hip-hop fans and a new generation of fans just discovering this album.

©2018 Joan Morgan (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Skipping—audio problems

This beautiful book and narrator were negatively impacted by skipping. There is an audio problem. Please fix, audible!

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  • 09-19-18

Skipping problems fixed

They fixed the skipping problems - I just listened to the whole thing (it's a short book) with no trouble.

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I felt like I was traveling back in time!!

I loved the break down of the album and of who Lauryn is and was at the time of that classic work. I wish the narrator did speak the King’s English lol. I would have loved to hear this read by someone who could have made a true connection to the words they were reading.