It has been a 23-year journey, but Lauryn Hill has sold over 10 million copies of her lauded solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, making her the first female MC to go diamond.
On Tuesday (February 16), the RIAA made it official, tweeting, “Welcome to the RIAA Diamond Club @MsLaurynHill! #TheMiseducationofLaurynHill is now a (10X) certified album! @ColumbiaRecords #BlackHistoryMonth #RIAATopCertified.”
Released in August 1998, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill arrived two years after The Fugees had attained mainstream success with The Score. But creative and personal differences within the group tore them apart a year later and Hill ultimately embarked on a solo career. Pregnant with Rohan Marley’s child, Hill poured her heart out across the 16-track project and addressed the pregnancy, The Fugees’ inner turmoil and her experiences with misogyny.
The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 422,624 copies in its first week and broke the record for first-week sales by a female artist.
Lauryn also set a record at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards where she was nominated for 10 gilded trophies and left with five, making Hill the first woman to receive that many nominations and awards in a single night. In 2015, the Library of Congress added Miseducation to the National Recording Registry.
Congratulations Lauryn Hill!