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20 Years Later, The Value Of Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation Is Not Lost (Audio)

On her 1998 song "Lost Ones," Lauryn Hill waxes cautionary: "You might win some but you just lost one," she spits. It's felicitous phrasing for the venerated MC, whose five-time Grammy Award-winning debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill turns 20 this week. Drawing its title from the 1930s Carter G. Woodson book... Read more

Lost Ones: How A Flood Destroyed Inspectah Deck’s RZA-Produced Solo Debut (Video)

Listen to Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Like, really listen hard. Then, listen to Wu-Tang Forever. All of it, both discs. Revisiting those 1990s Rap gems should not come as a menial task to many. However, the contents of those two Loud Records releases are rich soil for debate. Often... Read more

J. Cole’s Lost Ones tackles the topic of unexpected pregnancy. The song meant so much to J. Cole that he held onto it for 3 years to make sure it was on his first album. He also believed in it so much that he shot a video for it…in 2008. Check out the video for Lost Ones.

In the first verse, Cole raps from the perspective of the man.  In verse 2, he takes on the voice of the expecting mother.  And, in verse 3, he becomes the third person commentator.  The song meant so much to J. Cole that he held onto it for 3 years... Read more