#TBT: Ms. Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill occupies an almost saint-like place in the rap/R&B canon. In 1998, after the dissolution of The Fugees, a 23-year-old Hill released her debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and set the record for first-week sales by a female artist. She hasn't released a proper album and has largely avoided the public eye since. Thus, her nearly unbelievable possession of both a voice of gold and a snarling, swaggering, technically proficient rapping persona takes on the feeling of a myth that grows larger with each retelling.
5 Things We Want From Nicki Minaj's Next Album
It's been almost two years since Nicki Minaj dropped a new album. Yes, that seems hard to believe, but it's true: The Pinkprint, her third studio release, came out on December 12, 2014. It's easy to understand the long wait since Nicki has been busy with a variety of other projects – including touring, recording guest verses, and taking on a few acting roles – but it doesn't change the fact that TWO YEARS is pretty long time to go without some fresh bars from The Pink One.
Nas & Kehlani To Join Lauryn Hill On Select Tour Stops
Lauryn Hill is in the midst of a North American tour called the "MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!" The original tour press release promised that artists from "throughout the African diaspora" would be included on the bill. It has now been announced that Nas, Kehlani, Little Simz, and Noname will be joining Hill at select tour stops. Nas is slated to play at just two dates, San Francisco and Seattle. Kehlani will play San Francisco, Seattle, and NYC. Check out the full list of dates below.
Lauryn Hill Announces Fall Tour Dates
When it comes to live performances, Lauryn Hill has caught her fair share of flack. Whether it's showing up late or simply cancelling, her fans have had to endure. In May the singer attempted to explain why she's often late, saying it's not because she doesn't care.
Lauryn Hill Explains Why She's Often Late To Concerts
On Friday night, Lauryn Hill was two hours late to a show in Atlanta, and she ended up performing for about 30 minutes before her set was cut off in accordance with the venue's 11pm curfew. Much of the crowd booed after her abrupt performance, and footage surfaced of Hill involved in an intense verbal altercation with one upset fan.
Lauryn Hill Was 2 Hours Late To Her Concert, And The Internet Won't Let It Go
Lauryn Hill has been known to take her time getting to the stage, but her show in Atlanta, Georgia last night took her tardiness to the extreme. Scheduled to hit the stage at 8, Lauryn managed to infuriate even the fans who expected a delay when she only showed up around 10:30, performing for about a half an hour before her mic was promptly cut off at 11 to comply with noise curfews in the city. According to Reporter Jewel Wicker, Hill claimed that her driver's lack of proper directions was responsible for her lateness.
Lauryn Hill Announces Her Inaugural Festival "Diaspora Calling"
After the confusion with her Grammy performance (or lack thereof), Lauryn Hill is taking things into her own hands, with the announcement of a new music and arts festival, Diaspora Calling.
Lauryn Hill's Team Claims She Never Confirmed Grammy Performance
Lauryn Hill wasn't able to perform at the 2016 Grammys, but according to her team, the fact that she didn't make the ceremony shouldn't have been a news item in the first place, as the performance was always up in the air.
Lauryn Hill Clears Up Rumors Around Grammy Performance; Rihanna Cancels Her Set
Earlier today, news surfaced that The Weeknd was set to perform alongside Ms. Lauryn Hill at tonight’s Grammy Awards. Well it turns out, that won't be the case anymore unfortunately. In a statement made from Lauryn Hill’s camp, Lauryn was allegedly booked prematurely and wasn't necessarily even set to to perform in the first place. Here’s what the entire statement read,
The Weeknd Will Be Performing With Lauryn Hill At Tonight's Grammys
Fans of rap and R&B already have a lot to be excited for tonight, with Kendrick Lamar nominated for 11 awards, and many exciting performances in store -- but this latest news just took anticipation to the next level.
One In A Million: 90s R&B To Bump On Valentine's Day
Back in the day there was Elvis, and Elvis was sexually provocative. Then there was The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. Then there was Michael Jackson, and what he was doing was real sexual. Then there was the 90s, when music and culture became seriously risqué, comparatively speaking. The cultural landscape was a hot bed for hip hop and R&B music to thrive, paving the way for artists like Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, and so many more to skyrocket into prominence with their X-rated vibes.
Classic Rotation: Lauryn Hill's "Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill"
On August 25, 1998 Lauryn Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album was a blend of the Fugee sound that propelled her into the spotlight a couple years prior. With the solo record, it was all eyes on Lauryn, and she got very personal with that spotlight.
Photos: Lauryn Hill, SZA, Raury, Lenny Kravitz & More Perform At Afropunk Fest 2015
This year's Afropunk Fest had a pretty stellar lineup, including performances from the likes of Lenny Kravitz, SZA, Kelis, Raury, Thundercat, and more. We sent photographer Elijah Dominique to the fest, and he came back with some truly amazing shots.
Lauryn Hill Cancels London Show
In two days time, UK fans of the veteran singer were expecting her to perform at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. Ms. Hill, who recently did a few covers for the Nina Simone tribute album Nina Revisited….A Tribute To Nina Simone, has cancelled the show after apparently being unable to travel to London for legal reasons. Lauryn Hill released a statement on her Facebook page, saying, Hello All,
Stream The Compilation LP "Nina Revisited….A Tribute To Nina Simone"
We've been seeing an influx of Nina Simone content lately, and that's because of the Netflix documentary centered around the singer ("What Happened, Miss Simone?") as well as the accompanying tribute album, which is available to stream today.
Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, & Timbaland Honored At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards
ASCAP's 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards Thursday night honored Lauryn Hill with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, and Jay-Z and Timbaland took home four songwriting trophies apiece. Past recipients of the Golden Note Award include Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Diddy, LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, and Quincy Jones. Hill accepted the award in front of an industry crowd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
Lauryn Hill, Danny Brown, Kelis & More Announced For NYC's Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Festival is an annual celebration of music, art and food that takes place in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park, and after hosting perfomances by D'Angelo, Ice T's Body Count and others last year, they've rolled out their 2015 lineup. Here's a list of the most noteworthy performers for the August 22nd-23rd fest this year: Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Danny Brown, Kelis, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat, Cakes Da Killa, Goldlink, Petite Noir, Kaytranada, Raury, Lion Babe, Jesse Boykins III, Adia Victoria, Sam Dew, Brenmar.
#TaxDay: 10 Rappers Who've Had Tax Trouble
Blame it on self-employment, shady labels or a simple lack of knowledge about this country's impenetrable tax system-- rappers have historically had problems with unpaid taxes. Time and time again, we've seen stories of various artists in the game getting hit with either a tax lien or tax evasion charges from the IRS and owing the government a ton of their hard-earned money. As today's tax day, we're listing all of the rappers who've been popped for tax problems in recent memory. If we forgot any big ones, let us know.
Classic Rotation: The Fugees "The Score"
The Fugees second album, The Score, has garnered a significant amount of critical acclaim over the years. The LP turns 19 today, February 13th 2015, and we wanted to take a look back at the record’s creation, influence, and above all: music. The Score has been called one of the best hip-hop albums of all-time, right up there with the likes of Illmatic and Ready to Die. The album peaked at #1 on the hip-hop charts and overall on the Billboard 200 charts.
Lauryn Hill Announces An Acoustic Mini-Tour For February [Update: New Dates Announced]
Lauryn Hill still seems to have no plans for dropping a new album, but she has recently returned to performing live, which is a pretty good consolation. Her latest shows have just been announced as part of her "Small Axe Acoustic Performance Series," and the six dates will all take place in February 2015. Check out the dates below, and stay tuned for more info on where and how to obtain tickets.