Unsung Monday [Mystery Of Iniquity x Lauryn Hill]

Song: Mystery Of Iniquity
Artist: Lauryn Hill
Album: Lauryn Hill MTV Unplugged
Rap Genius: The Mystery Of Iniquity

Lauryn Hill’s MTV Unplugged has been both heavily loved and heavily scrutinized. I have always found myself on the former side of the fence. My love of Ms. Lauryn Hill grew after hearing the sensitized lyrics of this production. The guitar accompaniments–which I love–only add to the groove and simplistic delivery of these complex mental soliloquies. But, judge for yourself.

Watch it in it’s entirety: Lauryn Hill MTV Unplugged

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UnSung Monday [The Healer – Erykah Badu]

Song: The Healer
Artist: Erykah Badu
Album: New Amerykah
Notable Single: Honey
Rap Genius: The Healer

The Healer is a great one from Ms. Badu. Of course, she can’t do much wrong in my book. Many say hip-hop is dead or over saturated with nonsensical ‘flows’ with good or repeat production. Badu asserts that hip-hop is not dead. In fact, it lives bigger than ever and crosses all religious bounds among others. Check it!

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UnSung Monday [Meet The Parents – Jay-Z]

Title: Meet The Parents
Artist: Jay-Z
Album: Blueprint 2: Gift & The Curse
Year: 2002
RapGenius: Meet The Parents x Jay-Z

This song tells the harsh reality of society in urban America. The story verbally depicts a father killing the son he never knew. Metaphorically, when we fail to reach and teach our young, directly or indirectly, aren’t we killing them still?

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