it’s really not a good feeling when you know lauryn hill is releasing new music if she has to, huh? after a court ordered her to get back to work and pay taxes, lauryn hill inked a deal with sony to record and release new material. soooo yeah, i wish it was under better circumstances (and a better song) but we have new l-boogie on the way.
imagine that. l-boogie and nasty nas are heading out on tour together and will be stopping by our fair city on halloween. can’t ask for a better one than that! dates below:
October 29th Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom October 31st Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
November 2nd Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
November 4th Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
November 7th Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
November 11th Boston, MA House of Blues
November 14th Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
November 16th Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
November 17th Magna, UT Salt Air
November 19th Oakland, CA Fox Oakland Theater
October 6th Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
October 20th Phoenix, AZ Arizona State Fairgrounds
October 26th Asheville, NC MOOG Festival
October 27th Nashville, TN Riverfront Park
October 28th New Orleans, LA Voodoo Festival
November 3rd Norfolk, VA NorVa Theatre
November 9th Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
December 31st New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
bad news for l boogie and her fans: the artist is facing up to 3 years in federal prison for tax evasion, for which she plead “guilty” to. when asked if she skipped out on taxes in ’05-’07, she simply replied “yes.” that might win a few judges over, but come november, we’ll find out her sentencing.
whoa dere! an interview from reebok to the fans of lauryn hill, an artist who barely cares about her fans! that being said, i’m glad she seems normal. i just hope reebok didn’t have to wait 4 hours for her to show up! amirite!
so if you were near a computer this weekend, you might’ve been lucky enough to catch arcade fire or kanye west do their things at coachella, as well as many other artists and bands. well, thankfully someone was online to capture the stream and upload them all to videobam for the internet’s viewing pleasure. as an added bonus, you can download each and every performance. check out the links below. and if you’re wondering, i’ll keep updating this post as i find them.
4/19 EDIT: brought it back up, updated with links to Ratatat, The Strokes and best of all, Death from Above 1979.
4/19 EDIT 2: arcade fire! lighty balls!
4/22 EDIT 3: chromeo. ooooo.
well, i know how i’m gonna spend the next 45 minutes. ms. hill blessed the brooklyn crowd with a performance, with the weather in the northeast still actin’ a fool. the video for part I is above, and the 4 other parts can be seen at the uploader’s channel. i guess i’m too lazy to embed 4 more videos.
once again, the spectre that is lauryn hill manifested itself at the waldorf astoria in nyc for michael j. fox’s fundraiser to cure parkison, and teamed with the very corporeal roots band to perform the bob marley classic, “is this love.”
there is just too much greatness going on for words here, but i’ll try. mr. isley links up with ms. hill for a stunning cover of the carpenters’ classic. the sound is as natural as you’d expect, with the two legends trading off sultry vocals and setting the mood perfectly. the track is set as a single for isley’s soon to be released album, mr. i. damn.
pretty weird interview. the dude is like in a trance (i would be too) but i can’t but help how much i don’t care to hear a follow-up to the miseducation. i know what you’re thinking, but it’s no secret that ms. hill has gotten a bit “zany” over the years and i’m definitely concerned about the musical output of that zaniness. there’s also a great deal of pressure to follow up miseducation. it’d be like black star releasing a follow-up, and how many of you actually want that? oh well, i’ll take it.
this is a newly surfaced song, but most media outlets i’ve tried to confirm from had no idea about the whereabouts and origins of this track right here. hard to care, because it’s a by-the-book lauryn hill track, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
a fugees reunion is rare, a lauryn hill appearance is even more rare. so imagine the surprise of all the kiwis attending the raggamuffin festival in new zealand when, unannounced, the ever reclusive ms. hill came out to perform a rousing rendition of “doo wop (that thing)” from her grammy award winning the miseducation of lauryn hill. and hey check below, i’ve included the vastly underrated cut from talib kweli’s right about now album, “ms. hill”. we’re right there with you kwe, we all could use a little more ms. hill in our lives.
just because an album is considered a mixtape without an official release doesn’t mean it’s a low-key affair. talib bounces back from the overstuffed the beautiful struggle to make a mix worthy of his earlier efforts. there’s the moving ‘ms. hill’, his ode to the disenchanted lauryn hill; he resurrects black star with another mos def collaboration on ‘supreme supreme’; he gets downright dirty and takes a few stabs at the oversaturated ringtone hip hop market on ‘drugs, basketball & rap’ and ‘two & two’. lyrically talib seems to be at odds with his conscious mc image, easing back on the sociopolitical content of his early work while still displaying his lyrical and intellectual prowess. comparison to earlier work aside, talib proves to be as solid as ever at the mic and at creating memorable hooks that catch you on first listen, even if the message doesn’t.