Throwback Thursdays: “Lost Ones” by Lauryn Hill

“Can’t slick talk on the day of judgment
Your movement’s similar to a serpent
Tried to play straight, how your whole style bent?
Consequence is no coincidence”

This week’s Throwback Thursday track is from one of the greatest female lyricists of all time. She is considered by many to be the queen of hip hop and also one of the most influential R&B artists ever.

“Lost Ones” by Lauryn Hill is a classic track that concerns the fallout of a once loving relationship between Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean, who were both members of the famous Fugees group. The song is incredibly deep as it captures the emotions that Hill feels towards Wyclef. The chorus repeatedly mentions that Wyclef may find other women after their relationship, but he still lost a beautiful person in Lauryn. There is clearly feelings of resentment that Lauryn Hill feels towards Wyclef for cheating, and she does an impressive job of stating it lyrically, with lines such as “who you gon’ scrimmage, like you the champion? You might win some but you just lost one”, and “now don’t you understand man universal law? What you throw out comes back to you star”.

Wow, one thing that must be learned from this song is to never mess with the queen, Lauryn Hill!

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