Many of us thought we would never see the day that Lauryn Hill decided to come back to the hip hop game. Well, the time has finally come, and Hill will rock the stage once again on her Ms. Lauryn Hill Tour, with her next stop at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Saturday.
The New Jersey native burst on the hip-hop scene in the mid 90s with the Fugees. Hill had provided that soulful and conscious music, coming at a time when rapping about hustling and gang banging was the norm from artists like Biggie and 2pac. The East Coast verse West Coast vibe was taking over the radio waves and Hill was one artist that brought us back to reality and self-respect.
It's likely Hill will not disappoint her fans, and perform her greatest hits like “Zion,” “Killing Me Softly,” “Doo-Wop (That Thing),” “Sweetest Thing” and “Everything is Everything.” Yes, the iconic 1998 "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" album is arguably one of the best hip-hop and R&B albums of all time.
Hill has always been an artist that has stayed true to herself, delivering a message with her lyrics that has resonated with all types of people and backgrounds. With Hill back in the studio after 15 years, she is showing to be more refined and eccentric as ever. Her new and controversial material, “Neurotic Society (A Compulsory Mix)" and “Consumerism,” is day to night from her past work. The message of her new tracks is still authentic, but will probably take fans some time to digest its meaning.
Hill is not touring alone and will be spicing up her set with Caribbean love. She will be bringing Daniel Bambaata Marley, indie reggae artist, as a little treat for the fans. Daniel Bambaata Robert Nesta Marley is a third generation offspring of reggae legend Bob Marley. He has traveled with his father, Ziggy Marley, and family since he was a boy and had his first performance when he was five years old. Daniel released a single called “My Girl” in 2011 with his cousin Jo Mersa and his first independent single, “2 Feet,” in 2012.