Lauryn Hill Coming To Providence
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Despite not having released an official album since her MTV Unplugged 2.0 in 2002, Lauryn's influence in the music community still resonates. Hill was the first woman ever to be nominated 10 times at the 1999 Grammys for her ground-breaking album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill released in 1998, which demonstrated her prowess in combing her searing voice with excellent rapping abilities. Her captivating lyrical content of finding her purpose in God, respect in relationships, free expression and facing racial tension enabled her to reach a wide variety of audiences.
Her musical talent combined with insightful content catapulted her to becoming the face of hip-hop. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill became the first R&B album in history to ever win Album Of The Year at the 1999 Grammy Awards. Yet, after her success brought intense and often unrelenting exposure, Hill felt victim to the music business she referred to as "the machine" and left the public eye.
A return to the spotlight
Yet nearly 10 years later, Hill has launched back to the forefront of hip-hop by joining with Nas for the 10-city 2012 Black Rage/Life Is Good Fall Tour. Life Is Good is the name of Nas’ most recent album, which debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 in August. Black Rage is Hill’s upcoming single, and will be released this fall. Nas mirrors Hill's success and desire to make a difference through music by releasing eight consecutive platinum albums since 1994, and donating all of the proceeds from his powerful collaborative 2010 album Distant Relatives with Damian Marley to charities aiming to end poverty in Africa.
The last time these two legends collaborated was the introspective single “If I Ruled the World” in 1996. There is no doubt that Lauryn Hill and Nas will be ruling Providence’s hip-hop community at 8pm at Lupos on November 12th.
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