Been delving into my hip hop vaults lately and somehow ended up listening to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which in turn reminded me how brilliant a track "Lost Ones" was, so that's my choice today.
Now fair play, it's not exactly a track, or album, that flew under the radar, off the back off the Fugees success Hill's album was always going to be huge and of course was. In reality i'm not a massive fan of the album, but Lost Ones is a superb track full of anger, and raw energy.
Lyrically the whole track is (as i understand it) a massive Diss of Wycleff from the Fugees, after his and Hills break up. The sample of Boogie Down Productions Super Hoe lends some credit to that, but the lyrics leave it in almost no doubt the track is about the break up of the couple and the group and the ramifications around it:
"It's funny how money change a situation
Miscommunication leads to complication
My emancipation don't fit your equation
I was on the humble, you – on every station"
But it's more than that, the beat, the reggae tinged samples, the constant punchlines and reference points they all add up to a powerful track that reminds you how exactly good an MC Hill can be. Sure she's a great singer, but for me she was always a better MC than singer, and i think there is no better example of it than his.