Throwback: Lauryn Hill-Everything Is Everything


Lauryn Hill wrote “Everything Is Everything” with Johari Newton as a response to youth struggles in urban areas of the United States. Hill’s encouraging words towards young people facing certain injustices over hip-hop beats fashioned from foundational funk rhythms crystallized a modern protest song hidden from the average listener. John Legend made his commercial debut playing piano on the song which was released as the third and last single from The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. The singer/rapper/actress walked the streets of New York City in the video that received three MTV Music Video Award nominations and a Best Short Form Music Video nomination at the Grammys. The clip was also acknowledged with a Soul Train Lady Of Soul Award nomination. American Songwriter lists “Everything Is Everything” as one of the 10 greatest Lauryn Hill songs. In 2024, TMOLH is still a cultural juggernaut inspiring countless artists, editorials, and conversations among critics. Apple Music positioned the album at number one on its 100 Best Albums list. Hill is the last Black woman to have won the Album Of The Year Grammy making her the third after Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston. Hill’s son YG Marley, recently told TMZ that his mother is working on new music.