It’s hard to call some songs “throwbacks” because they are still classics. For example, Doo Wop That Thing from Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut solo album The MisEducation of Lauryn Hill is still in rotation on Urban radio stations. The song won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 1999 Grammy Awards in 1999 and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
The video shows a contrast from New York City in 1967 and 1998. Of course things change, but Hill is showing how they have changed for the worst. Dresses got shorter, disrespect of self and others started to rise and people only focused on “that thing.”
Unfortunately, The MisEducation of Lauryn Hill was L Boogie’s only studio album, but I think it was enough. Every track had reference to God, had a message, and was relatable. The album was great enough that we can still consider it a classic. Fans still sit back and rock out to this album from start to finish.
Lauryn Hill recently spent three months in prison for tax evasion but when she was released, she gave us something we love…her music. Hopefully she will release more future classics, but for now, enjoy this throwback!
Doo Wop (That Thing)