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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Doo Wop (That Thing)

Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing) (1998)

"Now that was the sin that did Jezebel in."

Both in appearance and sound, this video and song live in two worlds. The high piano, backing vocals, most of the drums, left side of the video, and horn riffs are pure girl group gold from the Motor City. On the right, and comprising the bass, @10% of the drums and Ms. Hill's blasting lead is a late 90s post-gangsta screed against materialism, duplicity, thuggish behavior and lack of self respect.

The album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill began in NYC but quickly moved to Kingstown Jamaica. There has been a lot written and a law suit involved over production, writing credits and royalties, so we'll just say that the book says Lauren had assistance with writing the track, but produced this one her self. Personnel notes state that there were four backing vocalists, two drum machine programmers, a DJ, a saxophonist, a string quartet, a keyboardist, a trumpet player, and a trombone player. As far as the video is concerned, the most repeated (and yet surprisingly true) piece of trivia is that Lauren was six months pregnant when they shot it.

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