The 'Ex-Factor': How Drake, Cardi B & More Sampled Lauryn Hill's 'Miseducation' Single

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Lauryn Hill photographed in New York in 1998. 

As the 20th anniversary of Lauryn Hill's debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, approaches, it's clear to see that the Fugees singer continues to have a profound influence on modern-day hip-hop and R&B.

The most recent example is Drake's brand new song "Nice for What," which features a sample of Miseducation's "Ex-Factor," a top 10 single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 1999.   

Drake isn't the only rap star who has recently sampled "Ex-Factor." The '90s hit was also used in Cardi B's "Be Careful," which is featured on her new debut album, Invasion of Privacy.

Written and produced by Hill, "Ex-Factor" benefited from a sample of its own: The track features elements of Wu-Tang Clan's "Can It Be All So Simple," which in turn samples "The Way We Were/Try To Remember" by Gladys Knight & The Pips.

Wyclef Jean, Hill's partner in the Fugees, has praised "Ex-Factor" as one of his favorite songs from his former collaborator. “This is like my ‘911’ song. There’s a real purity about it. I always like the boldness of an artist to just say what they are going through,” Jean told Vibe in 2010.

In addition to Drake and Cardi B, "Ex-Factor" has been sampled by several other notable acts, including Omarion, Lil B and Kehlani. Listen to the original and other artists who have sampled it in the videos below.

Lauryn Hill, "Ex-Factor" (1998)

Drake, "Nice for What" (2018)

Cardi B, "Be Careful" (2018)

Omarion, "Show Me" featuring Jeremih (2014)

Lil B, "Money Over Suckas" (2012)

Kehlani, "Till the Morning" (2014)

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