Aug
23

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.

The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

Aug
21

It’s been 15 years since the release of landmark album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. A year after its release, Ms. Hill spoke with The Guardian newspaper in a passionate, funny and unguarded interview. The newspaper has reprinted that 1999 interview in Rock’s Backpages. Here is an excerpt:

.”I think a large part of my personality spills over into my music. No matter how pretty it gets, it’s never too pretty. There’s always gotta be something in there that’s rough. I think that’s me. No matter how high a note I sing, it’s always gonna be scratchy, just by virtue of my voice. I never record vocals with compression, because I want it to sound old, to sound rough, and I want you to hear everything that I intended you to hear. I don’t want anything cleaned up off the track. I love the human element of real instruments, as opposed to keyboards and modules. I love Hammond B3 organs and Wurlitzers, even when they’re out of tune sometimes. To me that presents what’s human about those instruments. Hip hop is the backbone, but I just love expanding those parameters.”

Read more from the 1999 interview in The Guardian.

Lauryn Hill

May
13

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May
13

New show added! Ms. Lauryn Hill will be performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Tuesday, May 14th. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/17bAL2O.

Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

May
06

Hello All:

Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!
– MLH

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Neurotic Society - Compulsory Mix

Nov
15

Ms. Lauryn Hill is scheduled to perform at The Independent in San Francisco, CA this Sunday, November 18th! Tickets can be purchased at TheIndependentSF.com.

Nov
06

Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Black Rage” Lyrics

Ms. Lauryn Hill - Black Rage Lyrics

Oct
31

Ms. Lauryn Hill debuted her new song, “Black Rage,” during the first show of the “Life Is Good/Black Rage” Tour with Nas on Monday in Dallas. Ms. Hill has described the song as being “about the derivative effects of racial inequity and abuse” and “a juxtaposition to the statement ‘life is good,’ which she believes can only be so when these long standing issues are addressed and resolved.” You can watch part of this performance in the fan video below:

The Dallas Observer wrote, “A re-appropriation of ‘A Few of My Favorite Things,’ Rage is a smart articulation of the social and political constructs informing her description of black rage. And yes, it focuses on racial dynamics, on the description of oppression and its aftermath. The crowd was listening to every word, and afterward, Hill presented the lyrics for those who may have lost them in the contagious beat: “Black rage is founded on draining and draining/Threaten your freedom, so you’ll stop complaining/Poison the water, while they say it’s raining/They call you mad for complaining, complaining/Old time bureaucracy, drugging the youth/Black rage is founded on blocking the truth.”

It was church in there, and I mean that as compliment. She looked back out and said, “Don’t let them tell you who you are. Sometimes you are ahead of the curve. They don’t know what to do with you when you are ahead of the curve.”

Read more at the Dallas Observer.

Oct
24

Meet Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas, plus get exclusive tour merchandise! Go to http://www.nasmshillvip.com for details! Black Rage / Life Is Good!!!

Oct
24

Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas have confirmed a new concert date on November 12th at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI, and a second show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on December 1st! Ms. Hill also will headline New Zealand’s Raggamuffin Festival on February 2, 2013. Ms. Hill, who first performed at the festival in 2010, “is the most requested artist by the Raggamuffin fanbase,” the festival said in its official announcement.