Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Reinvention of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is my soul cousin.

Monday night I got to see her in a rare free performance in Brooklyn. After spending half the night waiting behind police barricades far away from the event, a kind officer finally let me in. (And by "in" I mean close enough to see the stage but still behind a fence.) Security was TIGHT.

The effort was worth it though. Lauryn was a riot. She has completely reinvented herself. Every song from Miseducation that she performed was reinterpreted to match her new grittier, rockier, reggae/ska sound. While her voice may be fading, her presence is as strong as ever.

I wouldn't expect anything less from a fellow Hill.

Check out these reviews of the event:
Rolling Stone/ New York Times/ Newsday

2 comments:

libby said...

you got in! i'm so glad!

Memphis said...

I don't get the cat thing...but I totally get you...I don't get her new Ronald McDonald look...but as long as she is rocking out as she was in '98...i can overlook that...i betcha she hates cats too...