Throwback Thursday: Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
On the final Thursday of Women’s History Month, we take a look back at Lauryn Hill’s solo debut single, “Doo Wop (That Thing).” We’ve already discussed the legacy of its parent album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, but “Doo Wop” deserves its own entry.
Released as the album’s lead single in the summer of ’98, “Doo Wop” would go on to become the first song by a female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100. And more than two decades later, we can still count the number of female rappers who have accomplished this on one hand.
“Doo Wop” samples the 5th Dimension’s “Together Let’s Find Love,” and because it is as much R&B as it is rap, it won Grammys for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance — an award that no longer exists because the Recording Academy didn’t like Beyoncé’s accumulation of awards — and Best R&B song.