Rapper Lauryn Hill is finally getting long overdue recognition. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the landmark album she released over 2 decades ago, has been certified 10x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), making it the first female hip-hop album to earn a Diamond award.
The Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) shared the news in a tweet earlier this week welcoming the singer to the “Diamond Club,” meaning that Hill’s debut album has officially sold 10 million or more copies. The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill began its chart journey in the summer of 1998, selling 432,000 units right off the bat — a number that at the time broke the record for first-week sales by a female artist.
It also earned Hill 10 Grammy nominations and five wins, including Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The project spanned 16 tracks, two of which were hidden, and featured guest appearances by Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, and Carlos Santana. In 2015, it was added to the National Registry by the Library Of Congress, which deemed it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”