Retro: Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing)

In Music by ashbydodd

Girl, you know you better watch out, some guys, some guys are only about, that thing….

Once upon a time Lauryn Hill was the reigning queen of music, there’s no denying she’s still important in the history of music but she hasn’t seen a massive hit in decades.  But Hill’s recent status doesn’t detract from her former success.  And no song showed her musical prowess better than Doo-Wop (That Thing), the lead single from the groundbreaking album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Album Cover

Doo-Wop earned it’s place, not only on the R&B and Hip-Hop charts but also on the pop and rock charts, the song was everywhere and Lauryn Hill was suddenly more than just a former member of The Fugees.  In fact, despite all of her previous work, Doo-Wop was the first single by a “rap artist” to ever debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Doo Wop (That Thing) Single Cover - Lauryn Hill

The overall tone of the Doo-Wop music video shares the idea that the struggles of life and love continue from decade to decade.  The split-screen theme has Lauryn singing both in the 1960’s and in current day (which at the time, was 1999-2000).  The look of the video, combined with a catchy and thoughtful song, was an instant success – if Lauryn is remembered for nothing else, she will eternally be remembered for Doo-Wop (That Thing).

Still need more?  Check out the first time the world got to see Lauryn Hill, as a student in Whoopee Goldberg’s Sister Act 2: