A morning cruise in The Smoking Section yielded yet another gem. As often as we’ve longed for a follow-up album from Lauryn Hill for her 1998 album, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, the idea of another Ms. Lauryn Hill project sounds like it benefits nobody. When you’ve got one (depending on who you ask) undeniable classic under your belt, what’s the point of trying to live up to something that’s a bit too high to regain?

So, instead of loving and reminiscing about 1998, let us go two years prior to 1996, arguably the greatest swing in commercial rap history before 2000. The Fugees’ The Score, led by the Hill heavy cover of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly” owned the places that 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me did not. That album was Hill’s true coming out party, apologies to those who thought it was Sister Act 2. Chet Manley of TSS went ahead and offered a tribute to Lauryn on her 39th birthday by digging into his archives and pulling out his own personal version of The Score. The Lauryn Hill only version.

So, enjoy your favorite Fugees album sans Pras or Wyclef and jam to the 26-minute LH special edition of The Score below.

The Fugees (Lauryn Hill Solo) by The Smoking Section on Mixcloud

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