Lauryn Hill

Aug
21
New Music: Ms. Lauryn Hill – ‘Black Rage’

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In response to the events in Ferguson, Ms. Lauryn Hill has released her spoken-word diatribe “Black Rage,” which she debuted on stage during her “Life Is Good/Black Rage” joint tour with Nas in 2012.

“An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO,” said Ms. Hill.

She interpolates the classic Christmas tune “My Favorite Things” into a sketch about suffering and hatred.

“When the dogs bite, when the beatings, when I’m feeling sad / I simply remember all these kinds of things / And then I don’t fear so bad,” she sings.

Listen to her poignant song and read the full lyrics below.

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Aug
5
Drake Welcomes Lauryn Hill, Usher, & 50 Cent at 5th Annual OVO Fest

Drake and Lauryn Hill

Drake once again brought the stars to his hometown for the 5th Annual OVO Fest. Following last year’s star-studded lineup of Kanye West, TLC, Diddy, and Ma$e, the Canadian superstar shared the stage with Lauryn Hill, Usher, 50 Cent, Trey Songz, and J. Cole during Monday’s three-hour event at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.

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Apr
20
Lauryn Hill Joins Nas Onstage at Coachella

Nas and Lauryn Hill

Twenty years to the day of its release, Nas returned to Coachella to celebrate the anniversary of Illmatic. After sharing the stage with Jay Z last weekend, the rap god performed his 1994 debut in its entirety and brought out Ms. Lauryn Hill during his late-night set on the Outdoor Theatre stage.

Dressed in black pants and a flowy white top, the Fugees frontwoman performed “Ready or Not” and “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” before embracing Nas.

“My life was snatched when Ms. Lauryn Hill graced Nas’ encore with her presence!!!!” wrote one fan.

Earlier in his set, Nas also brought out Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley to perform “Welcome to Jamrock” and “Road to Zion.”

Check out the surprise moments as captured on Instagram.

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Feb
8
Lauryn Hill Performs Beatles Tribute on ‘Letterman’

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ U.S. debut performance, Lauryn Hill paid homage to the Fab Four with a rare appearance on Friday’s “Late Show with David Letterman.” The eight-time Grammy winner, who is currently on an East Coast tour, closed out the show’s week-long tribute with a cover of the band’s Abbey Road classic “Something.”

Dressed in a fedora and motorcycle jacket over a plaid dress, Ms. Hill and her band rocked the same theater where the Beatles made their groundbreaking first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.

Alicia Keys, John Legend, Pharrell, and more will also salute the legendary group during “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A GRAMMY Salute,” airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Watch Lauryn bring Beatlemania back.

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Jan
30
Lauryn Hill Performs ‘Final Hour’ at Bowery Ballroom

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Lauryn Hill doesn’t settle for ordinary. During her “Homecoming” concert at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, the former Fugee put a fresh spin on “Final Hour,” a track off The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The show occurred in November, but she has just released some professionally-shot footage.

“I have to make these things sustainable to perform,” Ms. Hill told the crowd. “‘Cause you wouldn’t want me to be like a robot, do the same thing every night.”

She will continue her “Homecoming Series” through February with upcoming shows in Red Bank, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Miami.

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Jan
11
Lauryn Hill Narrates Sundance Documentary ‘Concerning Violence’ [Trailer]

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Lauryn Hill is not only speaking out through her music, but also in a new documentary. The Fugees frontwoman serves as narrator of Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson’s Concerning Violence.

The film, which is set to debut at this month’s Sundance Film Festival, explores African liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s through archival footage and excerpts from psychologist Frantz Fanon’s anticolonial text The Wretched of the Earth, reports Indiewire.

Ms. Hill is set to resume her “Homecoming Series” of shows on January 26 in Huntington, NY. Throughout the month of February, she will also stop in Charlotte, Atlanta, and Miami.

Additionally, she is readying a new project, Letters From Exile, for release on her label, Obverse Creation Music.

Watch a teaser clip of Concerning Violence below.

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Dec
18
Lauryn Hill Performs ‘Ex-Factor’ at First Post-Prison Show

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Ms. Lauryn Hill returned to the stage during her first post-prison show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom last month. The Grammy-winning singer put a reggae twist on her 1998 single “Ex-Factor” on the first stop of her “Homecoming Concert Series.”

The tour continues tonight in Boston with upcoming shows in Red Bank, NJ (12/22), Huntington, NY (12/26), and Port Chester, NY (12/28).

Lauryn has launched a joint label with Sony ATV, Obverse Creation Music, and is readying a new body of work, Letters From Exile.

Watch her powerful performance below.

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