Posted in music | pictures on June 3, 2012

photos by Bao Nguyen

"Lauryn Hill killed it a highline tonight. She's back and in full effect. Kids, nephews, and all." - Ryan Walker

"Lauryn Hill is a beast. Who God blesses can no one curse. She's incredible @ Highline Ballroom. ‪#originator‬" - Abby Dobson

Lauryn Hill at Highline Ballroom - 6/2/12
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The one-night-only performance was billed as a celebration of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the seminal rap/R&B/reggae opus that launched Hill's solo career and made her a household name. However, it was no oldies show, as she insisted on reinventing her most precious material at every step. When she launched into a dynamic, lover's rock rendition of "Everything Is Everything," it took fans a moment to acclimate to the up-tempo rhythm, but the song ultimately shined. In recent years, Hill has been criticized for restructuring her classics around rambling funk grooves and unfamiliar melodies, but tonight she and her six-piece band struck a worthwhile balance between new, exciting ideas and old, comfort-food standards. [Rolling Stone]
Lauryn Hill played a one-off show at Highline Ballroom on Saturday (6/2) with an opening set by Black Milk and his live band, Nat Turner. As BET points out, she was on time (!), taking the stage at 9:30 for her 20-song set. The show included Lauryn bringing her kids (whose grandfather is Bob Marley) on stage to sing with her, new versions of old songs, and multiple instances where she apologized for being mostly absent from the music industry lately and promised that she "was always on her way back."

Some are saying that though Lauryn Hill has been known to change up her songs for the worse at shows in the past, the new versions played at Saturday's show went over really well, and others (like the tweeter above) agree that Lauryn "is back." Were you at the show? What did you think?

More pictures from the HIghline show (unfortunately none of Black Milk) are below...

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Comments (32)

YTINASNI.L first.....

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 9:23 PM

Doug Wimbish from Living Colour FTW.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 9:32 PM

HOW I SLEPT WITH YOUR MOTHER HOW I SLEPT WITH YOUR MOTHER

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 9:41 PM

show of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 9:46 PM

^ LULZ what a tool or more like troll.

I actually would love to punch every single person last night who tweeted "lauryn is back'

Yeah morons, why don't you announce to the world that you are clueless fucks who did not realize Hill has already played a bunch of shows last year, same songs, sets and arrangements.

Fucking dummies. The only thing she did different last night was be relatively on time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 9:56 PM

Who can confirm she was blessed by God? I may need her to save me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 10:01 PM

It is not cooly uncool or uncooly cool to like Lauryn hill anymore. We have moved on to other artists we will ultimately poop on. We're not hipsters, just petty and ADD-addled.

Posted by J-Dog | June 3, 2012 10:31 PM

Her poor kids

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 10:32 PM

I just find it funny (or perhaps sad) that people paid 125 per ticket to see this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 10:34 PM

zthst thing thst ting that thinnnggg, laurayn HILL!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 10:42 PM

epic concert!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 11:26 PM

maybe laurn hill will write music THIS decade

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2012 11:49 PM

lauryn is back!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 12:06 AM

Best show ever. At one point she filled her vagina with hummus and passed out pita chips for us to sample. Tasted like catfish.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 12:08 AM

Cool jacket.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 12:27 AM

10:01 every artist is blessed by God.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 3:56 AM

Great performance on the High line show.

Posted by Craigslist Austin tips | June 4, 2012 7:16 AM

WTF Shes not old yet.Wht the fuck is she dressing like Dion Warwick now?

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 8:15 AM

i'm glad i wasn't there.... what if i wound up in that crowd shot????? i would not want any evidence that i paid 125 or even 250 for this garbage... and this is coming from a huge fugee/ miseducation fan

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 9:04 AM

Could be the single most overrated artist of all time? One decent album at best.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 9:07 AM

i loved her when it was 1999!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 9:15 AM

3:56: there is no god. grow up.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 9:56 AM

seriously why is BV even covering this...

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 10:03 AM

On time, huh? Whoa! A true return to form!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 10:25 AM

"I take CARE of my kids!"
"Oh yeah? I show up to my own performances on time!"

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 10:46 AM

Best show ever

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 11:06 AM

Lauryn Hill is GOD silly!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 11:34 AM

honestly, if she was good like people are saying she was, then i would've gone.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 11:35 AM

10:46 - Great Chris Rock reference.
I love that they're making a big deal that she showed up on time. You're SUPPOSED to show up on time. She shouldn't get a friggin medal for that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 1:13 PM

it was never cooly uncool or uncooly cool to like Lauryn. unanimously she is cool to like, and always was. and always will be. obviously you know little about hip and cool to not realize it! ;-)

Posted by Mr. Right | June 22, 2012 5:21 PM

seriously why is BV even covering this...

Posted by Unemployment Claims Jos Florida | November 3, 2012 1:55 AM

lauryn is amazing.

Posted by jordon | July 29, 2013 4:40 PM

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