Ms. Lauryn Hill is best known for her participation in the hip hop and reggae group the Fugees and her album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The Grammy Award winning album discusses selfish routines of men and women’s lack of confidence and respect of themselves. The taste of the album is best exhibited through her song, “Doo-Wop (That Thing).”
“Doo-Wop (That Thing)” is an overview of the whole album that delivers idealistic euphony by using hip hop, soul, and reggae. Throughout the song, Doo-Wop (a style of R&B) harmonies and brassy soulful cries can be heard on the track. These factors aid in giving the song a vintage style that would be impeccable to hear on a drizzly day.
Ms. Hill introduces her song to the listeners by foreshadowing that she’ll moralize her philosophy through the ideals of the Islamic “straight path” that would be pleasing to God:
Don’t forget about the deen, Sirat al-Mustaqeem
Yo, it’s about a thing
Lauryn dedicates her first verse to the women by telling a story of a Muslim girl that fronts to be religious. Hill discusses the topics of sexual promiscuity and “haram” activities that are done for the sake of being “trendy.”
The verse comes to an end with Lauryn gushing out advice to have self respect and independence by exemplifying the women that participated in the Million Woman March, held in Philadelphia:
Let it sit inside your head like a million women in Philly, Penn
It’s silly when girls sell their souls because it’s in
Look at where you be in, hair weaves like Europeans
Fake nails done by Koreans
Lauryn equally dedicates her second verse to the men by touching on the subjects of gang membership, domestic violence, and child support or lack thereof. Hill challenges men’s selfish acts by calling them out on their behavior and repeating the question:
How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?
Overall, Lauryn Hill encourages self actualization and independence for all, no matter the gender, race, or sexuality with her talented vocalism and lyricism through the track, as well as the album.