Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lauryn Hill makes rare appearance in New York

For days, there was internet buzz about an intimate Lauryn Hill performance. Few people knew the time or place, but the tightly guarded show was advertised as a special reward for American Express' Starwood Preferred Guest cardholders. Attendees weren't sure what to expect with Hill's recent performance track record tarnished by late starts and rumored diva antics, but besides an hour delay (which is becoming the norm) the show at the W Hotel in New York went on without a hitch.

Lauryn Hill and her band covered Bob Marley's "Zimbabwe" and Martha and the Vandellas' "Heatwave" then went on to play Hill staples including "Doo Wop: That thing" reportedly delighting audiences for over an hour past stage time.

Hill hasn't released a studio album since 2001's MTV Unplugged, though the internet continues to be a source of live material for fans of the guarded star. Her recent appearances have brought speculation about drugs and mental illness, but the rumors haven't seemed to slow her down; her performances continue to draw favorable reviews from critics.

One of those rare artists in the R&B/Hip Hop world, Hill is equal parts talent, creativity and defiance that keep fans and naysayers alike wondering (or worrying about) what her next move will be.

(Left: a past Hill performance)


Anonymous said...

She a little off her rocker but X factor is still my #1 jam!

Anonymous said...

.:the afro looks good on her:.

Anonymous said...

by chance i saw lauryn at a free concert in san francisco and she is nina simone, odetta, fela kuti, and bob marley wrapped into one. i can't wait for her to put out a cd.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Oakland and heard about her breakdown at the Paramount Theater last week.

It sounds like Lauren is not in good shape and many are speculating that she's either on drugs or crazy. Word has it she had the appearance of a San Francisco bag lady on stage, and judging by the looks of these photos (obviously months before the event), I can see they weren't stretching the truth

It's a shame that she has either let her career deteriorate due to drugs or has gone undiagnosed with some sort of mental illness like schizophrenia. And if the latter is the case, I wonder where her mother, father and Rowan Marley (or Rohan Marley) have been for the last few years. All of them seem to be intelligent individuals. It's high-time somebody stepped in for an intervention.

Whatever the case she might need to spend some time in some sort of facility (sadly) and welcome a consultation with a new stylist (though weird fashion choices / lack of upkeep can be symptoms, again, of schizophrenia).

With all of that said, she is one of my favorite female recording artists of ALL TIME. It's definitely time for her to heal.

Anonymous said...

I have always loved how Lauryn refuses to subsribe to other notions of beauty by chemically altering her hair. She's my inspiration for always sporting my natural hair.
Miseducation of Lauryn Hill remains one of my most prized CDs and in my book, she is one of the most talented artists ever.

Do your thang, L Boogie.

Anonymous said...

lauryn stop your crazy s?@# and go back to the studio and drop something nice!

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