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Lauryn Hill made her first TV appearance in three years on the “The Late Show With David Letterman” this weekend. Rocking a plaid dress and cropped leather jacket, the famed songstress took to the stage and proved why she was desperately missed her during ten-plus-year hiatus.
Hill sang a soulful rendition of The Beatles 1969 hit “Something” as a part of Letterman’s five-day tribute to the iconic rock band. The celebration — which also included acts like Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Flaming Lips, and Broken Bells — marked the 50th anniversary of the group’s first U.S. performance.
Read more about Lauryn’s performance at HelloBeautiful.com
Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.
Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.
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While some celebrities had a very successful year, others are all too happy 2013 is coming to an end, especially these stars.
In just a few short years, Lamar Odom went from winning the Sixth Man of the Year award with the Los Angeles Lakers to an unemployed NBA player who allegedly disappears on crack binges for days at a time. Instead of suiting up to play in the 2013-14 season, Odom has been mysteriously absent. Although his wife of four years initially vowed to stand by her husband’s side while he battles drug addiction, even Khloe Kardashian-Odom has her limits. After weeks of speculation, the reality television star has filed for divorce and asked the courts to officially drop her married name.
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Hip-hop is still a young artform, which means there is still a long way to go when it comes to giving respect where it is due. The women of hip-hop on the mic, in the studio, writing bars and battle rapping often don’t get the respect and recognition they deserve, so we decided to spotlight 15 women who’ve contributed to hip-hop in big ways.
Yo-Yo did her thing in the ’90s when she was featured on Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted album for “It’s a Man’s World.” Her debut album Make Way for the Motherlode in 1990 gained popularity with the single “You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo.” Although she didn’t receive mainstream success she continued to release albums that were authentic and true hip-hop. In 1992 she released her second album, Black Pearl that had a positive message which clashed with the current sound of gangsta rap. She went on to release three other albums and her single ”Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” was ranked number 92 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.
Did Lauryn Hill really write “Miseducation”? Is anything about Rick Ross real? We all thought it was tacky when it was reported that Lil’ Kim stole her album art from Canadian makeup artist Samantha Ravndahl, but Kim isn’t the only artist out there with sticky fingers. Some of your favorite tracks, lyrics and even performances have supposedly been stolen from other folks.
From Black Voices
Lauryn Hill fans will receive an early Thanksgiving treat next week, as the singer-songwriter is scheduled to embark on her first performance since serving a three month federal prison sentence for tax evasion charges.
The New York Daily News reports, that Hill will perform a pair of shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on Nov. 27 as part of her post-prison tour.
As previously reported, a judge has postponed the eight-time Grammy Award-winner’s three month home confinement mandate to January 1 in order for Hill to go on tour spanning from November 15 through December 31.
As part of the agreement, the 38-year-old New Jersey native is required to provide tour details, including dates, cities and hotels to her probation officer.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Some of us were shocked to hear that Lauryn Hill went to jail for tax evasion, but Lauryn’s stint in jail was just part of a bumpy ride to the bottom of the charts. From her Fugees days to her bizarre new single, here are 15 things we bet you didn’t know about Ms. Hill.
Lauryn Hill is officially a free woman — except for the time on house arrest that she’ll have to make up — but for now the soulful singer is relishing in her freedom and thanking those who were instrumental in it. In a note to her fans on her tumblr page, Lauryn posted a letter of recognition, acknowledging the fans who offered her support during her three-month sentence in jail due to failure to pay taxes. She wrote:
Underneath the letter were the names of hundreds of such fans and supporters who encouraged Lauryn during her time behind bars, and apparently helped her see her punishment was worth it if she could be an example for someone else.
As we reported yesterday, Lauryn is slated to go on tour from November 15 to December 31, after which she will have to complete a three-month sentence on house arrest. Let’s hope all of L-Boogie’s fans make it to one of her shows next month.
What do you think about Lauryn Hill’s letter?
How long do we have to go along with the facade that Lauryn Hill is still trying to make good music – or any real music at all?
Yeah I’m talking about the rapid-fire gibberish disguised as social critique called “Consumerism.” The song is so bad, I want to run up a couple of credit cards out of spite. Or As Funky Dineva brilliantly said of the track, “If Lauryn wanted us to wake up and stop buying sh!t, she accomplished it with this.”
If you haven’t heard the track; don’t bother. Seriously, you’ve already heard it. It was called “Neurotic Society.” Right before Ms. Hill went into the clink, she released what could be best described as a pseudo-intellectual game of lyrical Boggle as a protest against the record company. The record company, who after 10 got-damn years of waiting for something including the Euterpe, the Greek muse of music, to finally move Ms. Hill’s spirit to create something, had the audacity to request that she release some new music. However after three months in prison and finally a free woman, my question is who is she protesting now with “Consumerism,” which sounds exactly like Neurotic Society? Matter of fact, how do we know this ain’t the same song with a different beat? It ain’t like you can memorize that Shyte and sing along…
I swear folks have been getting over for years with this cheap Scrabble board-style of word play, which relies heavily on using highly inflammatory yet vague words to imply controversy without really having to say anything – at all – in particular. Billy Joel did it. So did Beck. And as a friend reminded me yesterday, the alternative rock group R.E.M made an entire career out of Hooked-on-incendiary-words-Phonics scheme. But at least, they had catchy hooks. All Ms. Hill gave us to transition from one verse of explosive diarrhea of words to another is some damn wind chimes. Now I am in no way trying to stunt or disrespect Ms. Hill’s metamorphosis as an artist. But I need her to show some actual substance to go along with the Oswald Bates-style of rhyme delivery she has been spitting as of late.
Imagine if tomorrow you clicked an article on MadameNoire called “Suprematism” and in it, was one of those slide shows you all claim to despise of individuals words like: ageism, sexism, racism, objectivism, colonialism, separatism, revisionism, primitivism, etc…And you clicked through all 27 of those lone words just to get to the final slide, which says, “We Got to Stop That!” written five times in Times New Roman, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica and Comic Sans font? Y’all would be telling MadameNoire where they could go with all that pretentious egotism. Not to mention the futility and aimlessness of yelling out random words with little to no context! Like I can say ‘gentrification’ and have two people nodding in agreement for two completely different reasons. One of them could be thinking gentrification is bad while the someone else could be thinking, “Mmh, finally a place to get cronuts and a Starbucks’ iced caramel macchiato in the neighborhood…”
A friend of mine recently felt confident enough to express his longstanding feelings that Hill was an overrated artist, living off the momentum of the one good album she made years ago. I have been stubbornly resisting the urge to agree with him. But as a fan, who is increasingly growing disenchanted of Hill, I have to admit that I have traveled with her down some less musically traveled roads and have yet to understand the journey or the destination. I ignored the talk about the influence that her alleged mental illness and her sorted relationship with Rohan Marley might have on her ability to make music. I even made excuses for her during the 2010 Rock The Bells, when I sat under the hot-A$$ August sun just to see Hill, who came to perform late, sang off-key to long “re-conceptualized” (putting it nicely)versions of many of her hits. But now I am ready to face the crazy-sounding music and all of it’s ugly -ism and tell Ms. Hill to go have a seat, preferably away from a studio. As clearly, she is just not feeling making music anymore. Do what everyone else does with contractual issues and release a couple of remix albums. But despite what has been a disastrous attempt at a musical comeback, I think that Hill’s reputation as an artist is enough that she doesn’t ever have to make another song again and we would still give her status as a legend.
Less than one week ago, we told you that R&B songstress Lauryn Hill had been released after serving a three-month prison stint for tax evasion. Upon her release, the mother of six released a new track titled “Consumerism.” As if that weren’t enough, we hear Ms. Hill is also gearing up to go on tour.
According to TMZ, the “Ex-Factor” singer was supposed to begin a three-month home detention sentence immediately following her release, but requested that a judge postpone the start date of her house arrest sentence until after she goes on tour. Surprisingly, the judge granted her request. The New Jersey native will begin her tour on November 15th and it will conclude on December 31st. According to reports, Lauryn can now sign on to perform at specific venues for the tour; however, there is one catch. She will still be required to check in with her probation officer and have all venue dates, cities and hotels approved. Once New Year’s Day hits, Lauryn will be required to return to her New Jersey home and begin her home detention sentence.
Well, you certainly can’t keep a good woman down. We’re glad Lauryn hasn’t allowed prison to kill her spirits. We can’t wait to witness all of the amazing things that she’s going to accomplish now that she is a free woman.
Are you excited about Lauryn going on tour? Will you be purchasing tickets when they go on sale?