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.
Lauryn Hill Shows Up Late For Concert, Lectures Fan
The fans showed up for Miseducation and instead the were educated. That's the story of the recent Lauryn Hill concert portrayed in the video below. Beginning her 10:30pm set at 11:20pm, Hill was quickly called out by a disappointed fan and proceeded to lecture said attendee on respect. "If a little patience is too much, it's alright, you can go," said the former Fugee before having the fan removed by security.
Samples Of The Week: April 3
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
Ladies Night: Dopest Videos By Female Rappers
"This is ladies night and our rhymes is tight, oh this is ladies night...," Missy Elliott sang on the 1997 hit track, "Ladies Night" that she collaborated on with Angie Martinez, Lil Kim, Left Eye and Da Brat. The song was featured on the "Nothing to Lose" soundtrack. Just as the MCs mentioned above occupied space and declared their reign on "Ladies Night", women rappers have been doing the same in Hip Hop culture ever since it was started in the Bronx.
Lauryn Hill Announces First Shows Post-Prison [Update: More Shows Added]
Lauryn Hill is getting back into music-making mode, following her release from prison after she served three months for tax evasion.
Lauryn Hill Writes "Letter Of Recognition" To Fans
Lauryn Hill loves writing her fans letters. After she got out of prison, serving an 18-month sentence for tax evasion, she wrote another letter in recent times, this one being a "Letter of Recognition" to her supporters.
Lauryn Hill Postpones House Arrest To Go On Tour
Lauryn Hill's tax evasion case was highly publicized, with each step of the way being documented by the media. The former-Fugee caught a pretty big break after paying her outstanding balances just before her sentencing, and ended up going away for only 3 months.