Lauryn Hill Speaks, We All Listen

When video of Lauryn Hill performing at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, CA
hit the net (see a glimpse after the bounce), we collectively crossed our fingers in hopes that it meant that the troubled
singer/femcee would finally be ready to make that comeback we've all been waiting
for. After several false starts and stops that have sometimes left us wondering if L-Boogie would ever be the same, comes the slightest glimmer of hope. While she's not
giving a lot of details about any upcoming projects, she did take the time to explain her
disappearing act to NPR's Zoe Chace

After the bounce

"There were a number of different reasons, but partly, the support system that I
needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal growth
things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it," Hill explained. So
what has the mother of five been up to in the meantime? Aside from the occasional
festival performance, she says she's been taking care of her family and perfecting her
sound. "I'm trying to open up my range and really sing more. With the Fugees initially,
and even with Miseducation, it was very hip-hop--always a singing over beats. I don't
think people have really heard me sing out," she said. "So if I do record again, perhaps
it will have an expanded context. Where people can hear a bit more." Even though we
can't bank on a new project, she assures us that we can expect more performances. "I
think it's just time. I'm starting to get excited again," she promises. And we're excited to
hear more!

The Many Voices Of Lauryn Hill [NPR]

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8 Responses

  1. this is great...i read the entire article and it gives us who truly appreciate Lauren, the artist, hope. i believe she will come back, but, the "landscape" of the entertainment industry has changed and so has she, 5 children, wow....a survivor of "island d*ck fever", wow. yeah, i am wanting to hear what she has to say!

  2. of course a new Lauryn album would be phenomenal! we'll see what happens.

  3. "The Miseducation" is still in regular rotation over here. We could definitely use a new album!

  4. did anyone at soulkbounce see esperanza spalding perform Lauryn's TELL HIM at the whitehouse .... inspiring ... sasha obamA WAS REALLY CUTE AND INTO THE SONG.

  5. Yea I need to watch that again....& she was great during that Prince tribute too.

  6. The masses have viewed Lauryn as "troubled," because she's not dropping albums and not wearing makeup and telling the catholic church to repent, when in fact she has been battling for her spirit to break free from this world and embrace the things that are not of this world. Erykah Badu sums it up pretty nicely on OKP sometime ago:
    ill give you guys some inside news.
    Mrs. Lauren hill is an intelligent woman
    brilliant artist, still.
    that doesnt leave you.
    just had her 5th child.
    theres not a damn thing wrong with the queen’s mind.
    ya’ll believed what they told you about
    health care
    the planet
    your own black asses
    wake up guys … really
    ms . hill is a powerful force.
    one of the bravest BEINGS to ever walk this earth.
    you will see in due time.
    i know.

  7. I almost went to the santa rosa performance but I just didnt want to be disappointed like so many people were when she went on tour out here a few years ago. Hope she does come back in her right mind, with her beautiful voice still intact and new soul stirring lyrics ready to inspire.

  8. I miss those voices of real heartfelt musiq. When Miseducation came out I think I was 13/14 and I asked a few people to buy the album for me for Christmas playing my odds. I ended up getting 2 copies and it was amazing. Of course I had The fugees blastin constantly before. I'm with BROOK. Miss Hill is very aware of what is going on around her and as an artist that truly has a voice and the words to say it timing is everything. She's definitely not crazy we should listen a little more closely. It started with the fugees and she took it further to unplugged. I wish the best for her and when she's ready to come back on to the scene I'll still be nodding my head.