Lauryn Hill

Oct
30
Lauryn Hill Debuts ‘Black Rage’ in Dallas

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill kicked off her “Life Is Good/Black Rage” joint tour with Nas last night in Dallas. The former Fugees frontwoman performed her classics and debuted the tour’s namesake, “Black Rage,” reciting the lyrics. The powerful record deals with the derivative effects of racial inequity and abuse.

“Obviously this is a song about confrontation,” explained Ms. Hill, who is facing three years behind bars after pleading guilty to tax evasion. “Black rage is founded on drainin’ and drainin’/ Threatenin’ of freedom to stop your complainin’/ Pausin’ your water while they say it’s rainin’/ Then call you mad for complainin’, complainin’.”

The rebellious singer continued with the spoken-word diatribe. “Try if you must, but you can’t have my soul,” she laughed. “Black rage is founded on ungodly control/ So when the dog fight and when the beat ends, and when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad.”

Listen to Lauryn’s thought-provoking lyrics.

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Oct
26
Jhené Aiko to Open for Nas and Lauryn Hill Tour

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko is hitting the road with hip-hop royalty. The up-and-coming songstress will join Nas and Lauryn Hill on tour this month.

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Sep
19
Nas and Lauryn Hill Announce ‘Life Is Good/Black Rage’ Tour

Nas and Lauryn Hill

Hip-hop history is about to be made. Nas and Lauryn Hill are teaming up this fall on their co-headlining “Life Is Good/Black Rage” tour.

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Sep
5
Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, and Diddy Attend Chris Lighty’s Funeral

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, Diddy, and Nick Cannon gathered to pay their respects to Chris Lighty at a memorial service in New York City on Wednesday.

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Aug
20
Lauryn Hill Turns Down Oprah Interview

Lauryn Hill and Oprah

Oprah has interviewed everyone from Michael Jackson to President Obama, but there’s one celebrity who has evaded her. According to the media mogul, Lauryn Hill turned down an offer to sit down with her.

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Jul
13
Rap-Up TV: Leah LaBelle Gets Props from Jay-Z, Inspiration from Lauryn Hill

Pharrell discovered her on YouTube. Jermaine Dupri co-signed her. And now Leah LaBelle is gearing up for the release of her i am OTHER/So So Def/Epic Records debut, due later this year. The Seattle songstress sat down with Rap-Up TV in Beverly Hills to chat about her album, love for Lauryn Hill, and her encounter with Jay-Z.

“The album is just a really good, feel-good album,” said the “Sexify” singer, who got her first taste of stardom on “American Idol.” “It makes you happy, it makes you want to dance. It’s gonna remind you of the good times.”

The project was produced entirely by her superstar mentors, who both rap on the J.D.-produced “100%.” “It’s a real talk song, a lady talking about I’m gonna love you and I’m down for you,” explained Leah, who cites Lauryn Hill as her “biggest inspiration.”

“She really set the road for me for who I wanted to be as an artist,” said Leah of the Fugees frontwoman. “Even to this day, I’m still Lauryn Hill all day.”

While she doesn’t get starstruck easily, she was in awe while meeting Jay-Z during his studio session with Pharrell. She witnessed the hip-hop icon record a song and even got his feedback on her music. “He shook my hand and he was like, ‘Congratulations, this is some good stuff.’”

Jul
8
Nas Brings Out Lauryn Hill at Openair Festival in Switzerland

Nas and Lauryn Hill

Over 40 hip-hop acts and DJs including 50 Cent, Drake, Ludacris, and Rick Ross were on the bill at the Openair Frauenfeld festival in Switzerland, but it was Nas who got one of the biggest reactions when he brought out Lauryn Hill. Wearing a “Life Is Good” tank top in honor of his new album, the rap veteran performed a set full of his classics before L Boogie joined him on their timeless record “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).”

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