's liner notes mostly credit Hill with producing, writing and arranging the entire album.It was, in fact, a huge group effort, as underlined by a lawsuit settled out of court in 2001 for a reported million.Sony never wanted her to make a solo record; they wanted her to make another Fugees record.Marley: Lauryn and her mom took [early versions of] her album to Sony Records and they said, "This is coffee table music. Coffee table music." She took her shit and walked outta there. She said, "I wanna make my own record, have the baby and use these unknown guys." They're like, you're Lauryn Hill, why aren't you with Track Masters?I like the rawness of you being able to hear the scratch in the vocals. I don't like to use compressors and take away my textures, because I was raised on music that was recorded before technology advanced to the place where it could be smooth. You can't get that from a computer, because a computer's too perfect.But that human element, that's what makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Commissioner Gordon: My wife, Suzette, signed Lauryn as a songwriter and said, "Lauryn wants to talk to you about doing a solo record." Lauryn said, "I want you to be my co-pilot." The recording took about a year and a half.And then we started working on a song called "Loved Real Hard Once" — the title got switched [to "When It Hurts So Bad"].
It's not even really about bein' upset about bein' stabbed in the back."To Zion"Jackson: She called me and sang a verse of "Zion" and I was literally in tears.She was saying she's moving on from the Fugees and considering doing a solo record.She was looking to put together her own creative support team. Her mother said that Lauryn prayed for a situation like this.Lauryn Hill: [I wanted to] write songs that lyrically move me and have the integrity of reggae and the knock of hip-hop and the instrumentation of classic soul.[My engineer and I worked on] a sound that's raw.