Lauryn Hill has always been a woman to break barriers in Hip Hop. This time around, the legendary rapper has taken it a notch higher, as she’s the first woman to reached certified diamond for her infamous album.
On Feb. 16, The Recording Industry Association of America announced via Twitter that The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill sold over 10 million copies in the United States. The tweet welcomed Hill expressing that the album went 10x certified during Black History Month.
Welcome to the RIAA Diamond Club @MsLaurynHill! #TheMiseducationofLaurynHill is now a 💎 (10X) certified album! @ColumbiaRecords #BlackHistoryMonth #RIAATopCertified pic.twitter.com/mWWByv74kp
— RIAA (@RIAA) February 17, 2021
“Pretty wonderful to know that this album continues to bring happiness to people,” Hill wrote on Instagram regarding the new certified diamond album.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released in 1998, making it Ms. Lauryn’s first and only solo album with songs like “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Ex-Factor,” “To Zion” featuring Carlos Santana, “Everything is Everything,” and many more hits. This was the first album that the rapper began her journey as a solo artist after parting from the Fugees.
Although Hill made remarkable features with the rap group, she reached her highest potential as a solo artist. She became an icon for women, as she spoke about the importance of having strong self-esteem, becoming a mother in an industry that doubted she could have a career and children, the struggles in life, and love. And after 23 years, the album still holds a special place for women.
Hill was also the first woman to break the first record reaching a diamond that would be met by great singers like Adelle and Britney Spears, who also received it.