Aidin Vaziri | When’s the last time you bought a new album? If the answer involves any year that “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was on the air, you’re officially out of the loop. Don’t worry, though: We’re here to help. Taking some of the best releases from 2008, here’s how to give your music collection a makeover and keep your iPod happy.
If you like…
Lauryn Hill “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” (1998)
She hasn’t been heard from since, but with her 18 million-selling first album, the Fugees singer delivered an impeccable collection of songs that mixed laid-back soul, reggae and socially conscious rap with cool confidence.
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Estelle “Shine” (2008)
Hill’s former collaborator Wyclef Jean, along with chart superstars John Legend and Kanye West, help this striking English singer serve up her own brand of hip-hop-inflected pop with fresh luster.