Lauryn Hill Boogies Down in Brooklyn

Lauryn Hill

“Sorry if you had to wait a few minutes or a few hours,” the radiant, yet defensive Lauryn Hill said on Tuesday night (Dec. 28) as she approached the intimate masses during a tour stop at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, “but I personally think I’m worth it.”

And she was. Regardless of the fact that she substantially backed up her reputation of showing up at her standing-room only concerts whenever she damn well feels like it (12 a.m., when the tickets said 8 p.m.), L. Boogie gave her die-hards a quality performance. Dressed in what could be described as a designer moo-moo, her onyx eyes glistened as she started off with an esoteric Bob Marley tune; the tone for the night was grown, reflective, and evolved.

She performed some of her classics (such as “Ex-Factor” and “Lost Ones”) and switched up the beat to create a brand new experience. The audience was thrown and the crowd participation level was low until the latter portion of the show, although she was showered with praise all night from adoring fans, who yelled, “I love you, Lauryn” and “You’re the best.”

Ms. Hill’s versatility, raw vocals, and energy was what kept fans hugging the stage for two hours sans bathroom breaks. She caught the holy hip-hop ghost a few times, dancing vivaciously through bass-heavy Fugees throwbacks like “Fu-Gee-La” and “Ready or Not.” Despite her reputed Kanye-sized ego, she seemed reverent to her audience, serenading them with an “I found you, Brooklyn, and you found me too” during a poignant breakdown on “To Zion.” She closed out with the universally accessible “Doo Wop (That Thing),” which appropriately summed up the evening. Rumors, Marley seeds, punctuality issues, and all—she’s still got it.

–Rajul Punjabi



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30 Comments

  1. YEAH

    nut jk :)

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  2. YEAH

    damn, I’ll come back later to finish watching the rest

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  3. YEAH

    so far the first video is amazing
    Lauryn where u been? lol

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  4. kiki

    Looks live.

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  5. YEAH

    she sounds like she’s struggling in the second video, but the crowd is into it :)

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  6. YEAH

    she killing it in the 3rd video LOVE IT

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  7. YEAH

    Why am I they only one commenting? smh
    AMAZING Show Lauryn killed it.
    The crowd is/was very hyped.
    LOVED IT!!

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  8. Vix

    Ohhhhh I missed this. I have to catch her on tour. i still rock The Score like it came out yesterday.

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  11. A R

    No wonder our country sucks… because we continue to feed egos like this… I left early… I am not a fan of her changing the songs that much… if you’re going to change them that much, write a new album. Arrogant…. I’d rather go see a no name band who appreciates/respects my time and money

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  14. KNUCK

    she wrong for that tardiness and cockiness tho. her fans should be treated with respect. I do respect her as one of the greatest to ever do it, but with only one album under her belt she could be a little more humble..

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  15. Jarvis

    Ms Hill money is starting to run dry..now she doing all these “un-heard of” tours…smh

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  16. Really?

    She’s still got it? Her voice sounds like crap. The arrangements were awful. And let’s not even start in on her attitude. Miss Thing thinks it’s still 1998. Half the venue had left by the time she came on. She’s a joke at this point. Pity.

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  17. jeffphoto2623

    I agree with Really?.
    She was being rightly boo-ed during her arrival and the first three songs. The only reason you couldn’t tell was because the engineer was doing such a lousy job and turned up the volume to drown out the boo-ing. The band sounded awful.
    She was thoroughly disrespectful arriving at midnight for an eight o’clock show.
    Look closely. The crowd was tired and filing out.
    She may be a genious, but her performance and her antics were amateurish.

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  18. jeffphoto2623

    I agree with Really?.
    She was being rightly boo-ed during her arrival and the first three songs. The only reason you couldn’t tell was because the engineer was doing such a lousy job and turned up the volume to drown out the boo-ing. The band sounded awful.
    She was thoroughly disrespectful arriving at midnight for an eight o’clock show.
    Look closely. The crowd was tired and filing out.
    She may be a genius, but her performance and her antics were amateurish.

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  19. John

    oh shit, she is back

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  20. STLOPINION

    OMG STFU PPL DAMN!If you were so much of a die hard fan then her arrival would not have bothered you her even having a concert wouldve been enough for you! Her lateness is bad but if you came to REALLY see her perform then that wouldnt have been a problem! Me on the other hand am SUPER excited for her to perform in STL on the 16th! and she’s right if you wanna boo so what hand for the exit if you dont like it no one is gonna make you stay YOU paid YOUR money and can get YOUR money back so whats making you stay but YOU wanting to see her #lowkey

    AND @knuck cmon son you said “with one album under her belt” wtf that 1 album is killing every album that came before and after it mariah carey have bout 10 (estimate) does that mean its ok for her to show up late before she has that many albums cmon now u dont even make sense!

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  21. C'mon!

    L-Booger is more like it!

    @stl … grow a set and expect a little more from your idols. and, no, even though lauryn (over the) hill says you can get your money back, good luck trying to do that. i tried, and neither ticketmaster nor the promoter (bowery presents) is willing to do so. yeah, she’s all big on that mic but got nothing to back it up… not anymore, at least. good luck at your show. and good luck keeping her on that pedestal.

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  22. DrM

    SHE’S A LEGEND. If you weren’t down, you shouldn’t have come. This is Brooklyn, we go hard for the crazies that are worth it.

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  23. STLOPINION

    @c’mon

    WHATEVER! we all know lauryn isnt in the right place now we ALL know that if you looked back at her past concert history and why the fugees didnt get back together you would know that lauryn isnt the same!and if you cant get your money back stfu and enjoy the damn show cause from the videos she rocked it!

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  24. KNUCK

    some of you are ignorant.

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  25. Really?

    Give me a f-ing break . . A “legend”? C’mon, people. Enough of the blind worship bullsh-t. She had a few hits with the Fugees and ONE (and, yes, it was incredible) album. In the past 10 years all she’s done is alienate her fans with her ridiculous attitude and amateurish performances. You wanna talk “legends”? How about Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner. They are LEGENDS! Not this arrogant, seriously misguided and pathetic excuse for an “artist”.

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  26. lost one

    Garbage,she’s not worth the wait or the money…studio magic is all i can say cuz she sounds like garbage live….Miss Queenie needs to practice a lil bit .

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  27. lost one

    also after seeing this trainwreck of a show I know why the Fugee’s wont play again…

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  28. LitQit

    I love how she did her classics in an innovative way.

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  29. x-fan

    She thinks she’s Diana Ross!

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  30. x-fan

    Let’s be clear. You are not worth it!

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