9. THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL (1998)
Artist: Lauryn Hill
Production: Lauryn Hill, Vada Nobles
Acclaim: Inspired by the best of brown music—R&B, reggae—Lauryn and her jazzy vocals add to an evergreen dialogue: how to love (parentally, romantically, self).
Peak moment: It’s been over a decade since the ache to be liberated from love has been expressed as painfully poignant as on “Ex-Factor.”