97 Words: “Lost Ones” by Lauryn Hill

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

The best Hip-Hop tracks are comprised of perfectly executed uses of the genre’s main components: impressive lyrics, an infectious beat, and an impeccable flow. Lauryn Hill opened her 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with a song that bodies in every category: “Lost Ones.” The hard-hitting track finds Hill spittin’ in her signature style, atop a slick, bass-heavy beat. Then best known as being the Fugees frontwoman, Hill’s first and only album cemented her status as a solo superstar. Every track on the classic album is well-known and highly praised, but “Lost Ones” is a fierce standout.

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In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.