Ms. Lauryn Hill performs “Ex-Factor” live in concert at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on November 27, 2013.


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Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Bowery Ballroom November 27, 2013

It wasn’t just a club date and the start of a tour; it was also a video shoot. When Lauryn Hill performed at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night, the camera swiveling over the heads of the audience suggested that the show was something more than Ms. Hill’s re-emergence. It was gathering the kind of material performers use to promote new releases — which, in Ms. Hill’s case, would be more than welcome.

She has extraordinary gifts. Though her voice is lower and raspier than it was when she emerged in the 1990s, she is a supercharged soul singer who stokes her songs all the way through, and her rapping is breakneck, articulate and vehement. She’s also an improvisatory, drama-building bandleader. Throughout her two-hour set, her musicians were watching for her signals; to bear down on a vamp or silence it, to unveil pretty, elaborately planned vocal counterpoint from her three backup singers or to whip up a churchy fervor.

Read more at The New York Times.

Photo credit: Chad Batka for The New York Times


Due to weather related delays, Ms. Lauryn Hill rescheduled her November 27th early show at The Bowery Ballroom. The show will now take place on December 10. All tickets purchased will be honored for the new date, or can be refunded through point of purchase. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.


Ms. Lauryn Hill has added more shows to her concert schedule, in addition to the two concerts that were announced Monday at the Bowery Ballroom. The current tour schedule is as follows:

Nov 27 The Bowery Ballroom (Late Show) New York, NY Tickets
Dec 10 The Bowery Ballroom New York, NY Tickets
Dec 15 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Tickets
Dec 18 Royale Boston, MA Tickets
Dec 22 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ Tickets
Dec 26 The Paramount Huntington, NY Tickets
Dec 28 The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY Tickets

Just announced: Ms. Lauryn Hill will perform two shows in one night! Ms. Hill is scheduled to perform at New York’s The Bowery Ballroom on November 27. Tickets are on sale for both shows now.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill - Consumerism Lyrics Part 1

Ms. Lauryn Hill - Consumerism Lyrics Part 2


“Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking its level.”

– Ms. Lauryn Hill

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Lauryn Hill - Consumerism


In an review from the September 2013 issue of XXL Magazine, Nas took a look back at The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill in light of the album’s fifteenth anniversary. Here is an excerpt:

It’s a timeless record, pure music. And that’s what we don’t hear anymore. She birthed her sound, and that’s timeless. She didn’t try to be cool, she was already cool. She didn’t have to fit in with any style, she was the new style, and it’s a positive style. It represents the time period — a serious moment in Black music, when young artists were taking charge and breaking through doors. It cleared the way for rap music to be what it is today. We demanded that the whole world pay attention, so the music had to be that dynamic, and she represents that.

… Beyond that, musically, the content — it’s an album that everyone today should listen to if they wanna make an album. No matter who you are — R&B, rap, rock, soul, whatever — you wanna make an album, I would say everyone should take a listen to this before you start working on yours. And then I’ll go beyond that. It’s a piece of work that’s needed in your deck, in your CD chamber, in your iPod. It’s one of those records that you need.



On Sunday it will have been 15 years since Lauryn Hill dropped her solo debut album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. While the project displayed Hill’s incredible musical ambition and an advanced level of lyrical dexterity on a number of tracks, it was not the first time we heard L-Boogie spit bars with finesse. The female third of The Fugees was gripping mics since her teen years, and evolved into one of hip-hop’s top lyricists over a long period of time. To celebrate the 15 of Lauryn Hill’s brainchild, XXL has unearthed some of Hill’s best bars to date. Some songs were hit singles; others were obscure freestyles. Regardless of where they were placed, it’s important to note that Hill’s got skills.

Read the list at XXL.

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