Lauryn Hill’s Upcoming East Coast Concerts, New Album

Lauryn Hill’s Upcoming East Coast Concerts, New Album

It’s not a comeback, but its close.

The great and reclusive Lauryn Hill is set to play a smattering of dates in late 2010 and early 2011. Her five upcoming hip hop concerts are spread over three months and four cities.

The former “Fugee” kicks things off Dec. 20 with a show at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts.

Eight days later, Hill will grace the stages at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. She’ll then welcome in the New Year with a Jan. 1 gig at the Bowery Ballroom, that’s also in the Big Apple.

Hill’s next couple of gigs aren’t until March. The 35-year-old singer will play back-to-back nights at the Jazz in the Gardens Festival in Miami, Florida.

Tickets for all five Lauryn Hill concerts are currently on sale.

This past summer, Hill participated in four concerts of the Rock The Bells Tour. The singer-rapper performed her blockbuster 1998 album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in its entirety.

In addition to a few Hill concerts, fans should also expect a new album in the coming year.

“We’re getting closer. That’s all I can say,” Hill told MTV News.

A new Lauryn Hill album has long been rumored and the songstress’ quip is the closest thing we have to a confirmation.

Earlier in 2010, Hill released “Repercussions,” a confirmed single from up forthcoming album. The unmastered cut peaked at #83 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Lauryn Hill: At A Glance

  • Hill was born in South Orange, New Jersey on May 25, 1975.
  • Hill attended Zach Braff’s Bar Mitzvah; they both went to the same High School.
  • Hill has five children with Rohan Marley, the fourth son of reggae legend Bob Marley: Zion David-Nesta Marley, Selah Marley, Joshua Marley, John Marley, and Marley Marley.
  • Hill appeared on the soap opera “As The World Turns.”
  • The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was nominated for 10 Grammy Awards and won five; both totals were firsts for a female artist.
  • Hill’s MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 was recorded on July 21, 2001 at MTV Studios in Times Square, New York City.

Hill is a great talent. If you have a chance to procure a Lauryn Hill ticket you should definitely do it, but she’s a bit of a mercurial figure (to put it kindly). If she wasn’t a major force in the genres hip hop, soul, R&B, and reggae she’d be your normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill flake.

BrooklynVegan, the source for a lot of the information found in this article, jokes about her tendency to abruptly cancel shows, “Let’s hope Lauryn doesn’t decide to get her nails done.”

After The Fugees broke up in 1997, L-Boogie released the seminal The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It was a tremendous critical and commercial success.

Not too long after its release, Hill practically dropped off the face of the Earth.

She emerged a few years later to release a self-indulgent live album, MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 (2002). Since then, she’s released a few singles (mainly for movie soundtracks) and she’s been featured on a few tracks by other artists.

While in exile, Hill has been known for showing up hours late to R&B concerts, following controversial spiritual advisers (i.e. cult leaders), insulting the Catholic Church, demanding her bandmates call her “Ms. Hill,” passing out on stage, altering her biggest hits so they’re barely noticeable, and sounding pretentious every time she gives an interview (“If I make music now, it will only be to provide information to my own children.”)

Her self-imposed exiled was due to her “dissatisfaction” with the music industry.

For instance…

“The Fugees was a conspiracy to control, to manipulate and to encourage dependence,” Hill told USA Today. “I took a lot of abuse that many people would not have taken in these circumstances.”

And…

“Fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they need,” Hill said during a concert. “I’ve just retired from the fantasy part.”

I know I sound cynical when I say this, but when an artist eludes to being “dissatisfied with the music industry” I take that to mean he or she can’t handle the pressure; they can’t handle the fame.

Fame was invented long before Hill ever stepped foot onto a concert stage. If she didn’t want its trapping she should have never picked up a mic. And if I was to give her the benefit of the doubt and believe she didn’t understand fame’s pitfalls until she actually achieved some of it, then fine. But she needs to go away and go away quietly. Some of us like the music business and some of us would give anything to be a part of it.

Lauryn Hill is obviously blessed with tons of musical talent but she’s also cursed with none of the sense to properly deal with the fame that comes with it.

Lauryn Hill’s Itinerary
»12/20 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
»12/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
»1/1 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
»3/19 – Miami, FL @ Jazz in the Gardens Festival
»3/20 – Miami, FL @ Jazz in the Gardens Festival

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