Entries tagged with: Lauryn Hill
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.
Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.
Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Lauryn Hill has some homecoming shows scheduled, which would have included two (early and late) TONIGHT (11/27) at Bowery Ballroom and a number of December dates. Tonight's early show has been postponed until December 10 "due to weather," but her late show is still on. All tickets for the early show will be honored at the 12/10 show, refunds are available, and they will not be valid at tonight's late show. $100 tickets are still available for the late show.
UPDATE: we also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the late show. If you want a chance of winning them, check out the instructions below.
Updated dates are listed below...
Earlier today, we mentioned that Lauryn Hill added a Long Island show happening at The Paramount on 12/26 (tix on sale 11/22), in addition to her previously announced Bowery Ballroom shows (11/27) (early and late) (tix).
That Paramount show is actually part of a short December tour of the Northeast which also includes NYC-area dates on December 22 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ and December 28 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon and tickets for the Port Chester show also go on sale Friday at noon. The Cap show also specifies, "SHOW TIME TO BE DETERMINED."
Updated dates, including stops in DC and Boston, are listed below...
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
If you want to catch Ms. Lauryn Hill for bit less money, and don't mind traveling outside of NYC, she'll also play a Long Island show about a month later on December 26 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Tickets for that show (starting at $75) go on sale Friday (11/22) at 10 AM.
UPDATE: That Paramount show is actually part of a short December tour that also includes stops in NJ and Port Chester.
Stream her newest single "Consumerism" along with the classic video for "Doo-Wop (That Thing)" below...
Lauryn Hill @ Highline Ballroom, 2012 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Lauryn Hill, who released a new song, "Consumerism," after being released from prison (where she spent time for tax evasion), will play two NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom next Wednesday (11/27), an early (6PM doors) and a late (10:30 PM doors) performance. These are her first known post-prison shows she'll have played. Tickets for those Bowery shows go on sale TODAY (11/18) at noon.
No word on other dates, but TMZ reports she's been granted a postponement from house arrest to tour. Her three-month house arrest will now begin in January.
Lauryn Hill, now out of prison, writes:
"Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven't been able to watch the news too much recently, so I'm not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn't imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it's level". -Ms. Lauryn HillListen to "Consumerism" below...
Officials tell TMZ ... the former Fugees singer was booked into the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury at 11:15 AM EST.PREVIOUSLY: Lauryn Hill played one of her last (and reportedly one of her best) shows before jail at Music Hall of Williamsburg
We're told the FCI is a "minimum security type facility" where inmates live in "barracks type" housing.
We're also told 38-year-old Hill will not be isolated in the facility -- and will be housed with the general population.
Lauryn Hill at Highline Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
Lauryn Hill's latest single "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)" is raising some eyebrows with its content. The prison-bound MC is known for being an empowering force to young women, but some are saying the message she is sending out to the LGBT community is anything but uplifting. Some samples:
We're living in a joke time, metaphorical coke timeYou can read the lyrics for song and stream the track below.
commerce and girl men
run the whole world men
bold drunken debauchery....
Quick scam and drag queens
real life's been blasphemed
Lauryn Hill at MHOW last night (via @gogo6969)
Lauryn Hill is about to do time for tax evasion, and though her high-priced show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night with guest DJ Q-Tip (May 14) might have smelled like a last ditch effort to wrangle up some cash, she reportedly didn't perform it like that:
Classic tracks such as "Lost Ones" and "How Many Mics" were delivered with such venom and quick-fire vocal prowess that it almost transformed them into entirely new compositions, nearly unrecognizable from the album versions unless you were paying close attention. The latter was especially ferocious, with Hill bringing the song down to near-silence (she would exercise considerable control over her band as the evening went on, shushing and cajoling them in equal measure depending on her mood) and turning things over to her trio of backup singers, before rousing the band and the crowd into a final, multisyllabic climax... She wasn't performing like someone who was about to go to jail. She wasn't performing like someone who just needed the money. Rather, she was performing like someone who cared so much about her craft and presentation that it bled seamlessly out of her, with near-flawless transitions and an intensity that belied her famous reclusive nature. It wasn't Lauryn Hill, neo-soul rapstress. It was Lauryn Hill laying it all on the line regardless of what would, or will, come next. -[Billboard]Let's hope that hunger grows in her time away. Godspeed Lauryn Hill.
Check a video from last night where Lauryn Hill invited her children on stage to perform at the end of the evening, below...
Q-Tip with A Tribe Called Quest during SXSW 2013 (more by John Sculli)
Q-Tip has been added on as special guest DJ for tonight's Lauryn Hill show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, possibly her last in NYC for some time. Tickets are still available. If you feel like doubling up on your dosage of The Abstract, head to his residency at Cielo, "Boogie Back Tuesdays," later on. Tickets are still available for that as well.
In addition, Q-Tip has signed on to DJ The American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond party on June 7 along with Nickodemus and DJ Eleven. Tickets are still available.
We just mentioned that Lauryn Hill was sentenced to jail in NJ for not paying income tax (did you write a letter to the judge on her behalf?), and now comes word that she'll make a bit more income by playing a show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, May 14 (four days from now!). Tickets, which are $85+fees (or $100 on the day of the show) go on sale Saturday (May 11) at noon. "200 VIP meet & greet tickets" are also available, and Lauryn says the reason for the show is that she "Wanted to play NS live!"
NS stands for Neurotic Society which is the name of her new single on iTunes.
Lauryn Hill at Highline Ballroom, June 2012 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Well, that doesn't look so good for summer shows. After pleading guilty to tax evasion less than a year ago, Lauryn Hill appeared in court in Newark, NJ today to face the judge...
Singer Lauryn Hill's failure to pay federal income taxes for three years has earned the singer a three-month prison sentence.As of now, Hill is to report to prison on July 8, according to a report on CNN.
Hill pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007.
Hill must also pay penalties and taxes still owed, a $60,000 fine, serve a year on probation and possibly three months of home confinement.
Before The Miseducation and that ridiculous cover of "Stayin Alive", Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill were in a little crew called The Fugees. Their split was, in the words of Ron Burgundy, kind of a big deal but the reason why has always been a mystery. (Beyond egos and "musical differences.") Until now...
The answer, says Jean, is that Lauryn Hill tricked him into believing her firstborn son, Zion, was his. But we all know now that the father is Rohan Marley.More details surrounding the alleged affair are supposedly available in Wyclef's new book Purpose: An Immigrant's Story, which conveniently hits shelves Tuesday (9/18).
"In that moment something died between us," Jean writes in "PURPOSE." "I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn't forgive that."
Jean goes on to say that the betrayal he felt from Hill led to the band's breakup. -[EURWeb]
Lauren Hill at Highline Ballroom, June 2012 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Acclaimed hip-hop artist Lauryn Hill took responsibility for failing to file three years of taxes on income of $1.8 million and pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges today in federal court.Just when Lauryn was getting her career back on track! Of course Lauryn is nowhere near the first celebrity with tax problems. (Willie Nelson and Little Wayne to name a few.) Good luck Lauryn!
The South Orange native could face up to three years in prison and $75,000 in fines for her offenses and will be sentenced in late November.
Hill's attorney Nathan Hockman said the star had been targeted by the federal government because of her celebrity status.
"There are many people in society who fail to file their taxes on time who only face civil liability," Hockman said. "They chose Ms. Hill in particular because of who she was."
Hill spoke little at her hearing today and stood attentively with her arms crossed in front of her chest when the judge first addressed her. She appeared in a white button-down shirt, blue blazer and long coral skirt.
She did, however, take issue with two statements made by U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp that she discussed in whispers with Hockman at length.
Hill raised her concerns with Hockman when the judge asked her if anyone had forced her to enter a guilty plea either directly or indirectly, and again when the judge ordered her to undergo mental health counseling as directed by pre-trial intervention services.
Through her attorney, Hill asked the judge to clarify what he meant by the words "directly" and "directed."
"Ms. Hill is very particular about language," Hockman said. "Language is very important to Ms. Hill." [NJ.com]
by Andrew Sacher
Nicki MInaj, who was scheduled to headline Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ last night (6/3), cancelled her performance due to a diss made by Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg, while he was introducing Kendrick Lamar's set at the pre-show. Rosenberg said, "I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with 'Starships' later. I'm not talking to y'all right now. Fuck that bullshit. I'm here to talk about real hip hop shit." Video footage of that is below.
Not long after that diss, Lil Wayne took to twitter, saying "Young Money ain't doing summer jam." Nicki then followed with "Wow. U niggaz just fucked up history. But the President has spoken. #YMCMB" and "I go above and beyond for my fans. But won't ever go against wayne's word. What he says, goes." Young Money rapper Tyga went through with his performance, but Nicki refused to take the stage.
Needless to say, Nicki was given immediate backlash. Funkmaster Flex dissed her, saying "we ain't fucking with commercial rappers no more" (video below) and a PIX11 news report has footage of fans who came from Georgia lashing out too (video below). Maybe Rosenberg should have thought twice before dissing the headliner of his own radio station's show, but he made the comment at the pre-show, which hosted less commercial rappers like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, ASAP Rocky, Azealia Banks, and Big KRIT, where a comment like that isn't so out of line. Plus, was that diss really grounds for canceling an entire performance, especially one that thousands of fans probably dropped a good chunk of their paycheck on?
Nicki's set was reportedly supposed to include a number of guest appearances including veterans Nas and Lauryn Hill (who played HIghline Ballroom the night before). Nas and Lauryn took Nicki's place and delivered a performance of their own at the festival, which you can watch video of below. With all the positive reactions to her Highline show and the Summer Jam performance, Lauryn Hill seems to have had one hell of a weekend in NYC.
Azealia Banks at Bowery Ballroom (via)
In related news, Azealia Banks played Bowery Ballroom at night after her set at the Summer Jam pre-show. Though doors were at 7PM, she didn't take the stage until 1 AM. (Though that set time was pretty well known in advance.) If you were at the show, was her set worth the wait? From the looks of the YouTube videos, the crowd was into it. Those Bowery performance videos are below.
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
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...
Black Milk at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by BBG)
As revealed on twitter, Black Milk will open the previously discussed Lauryn Hill show at Highline Ballroom on Saturday (6/2). He'll be playing with his live band Nat Turner (aka Aaron "Ab" Abernathy - keys/vocals; Malik Hunter - bass; Zeb Horton - drums) which he took on his February/March tour which included a Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory (2/29).
Tickets (which, as mentioned are $125 for general admission and $250 for VIP) went on sale today and are still available.
Check out some "backstage pass" videos of Black Milk and Nat turner from their recent tour below...
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Other than Switzerland's Openair Frauenfeld and Ottawa's Bluefest, Lauryn Hill doesn't appear to have much in the way of live shows this year, but it was just announced that she'll play a NYC show on June 2 at Highline Ballroom. She'll be performing music from her classic LP The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (which she performed in full at Rock the Bells 2011) and more. TIckets (which are $125 for general admission or $250 for VIP/post-show meet and greet) for that show go on sale Monday (5/28) at noon. Doors are at 6 PM and the show starts at 8 PM... but what time will Lauryn show up?
A list of all dates and some videos from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG
Lauryn / Erykah
Last year Rock the Bells, the touring hip-hop bonanza, picked up on the voguish festival concept in which an artist performs an old record from beginning to end. It went well, and this year's edition bought in twice as hard. On Saturday on Governors Island, amid other, more ordinary sets, 11 albums were performed in their entirety.Rock The Bells 2011 took Governors Island by storm on 9/3, and according to reports, ran smoothly and generally on time. There was a barrage of classic LPs (Nas's Illmatic, Mobb Deep's The Infamous, Lauryn Hill's Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu's Baduizm, Black Moon's Enta Da Stage, GZA's Liquid Swords, Cypress Hill's Black Sunday, and others), and performances from some of independent hip hop's great up-and-comers. Though it was clearly elders day, younger crews like Slaughterhouse, Big K.R.I.T., Fashawn, Blu & Exile, Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano and others also had the ability to shine on the Paid Dues stage (DOOM, an elder statesman via his days in KMD, was scheduled to play the Paid Dues stage but cancelled his appearance).
What a gorging! What an obligation! It seemed to weigh on the crowd. It meant that listeners weren't in the here and now, where they might be fratty or selfish or mean spirited. They were deep in the been and gone. They weren't just listening to hits, or to sustained works of art, but to their own pasts. The exercise cooled them out. Saturday's audience was truly racially mixed, with a heavy representation of the 30-to-45 age bracket, grown-up New Yorkers at their casual and courteous best. Many of them high, but still. -[New York Times]
In true hip hop fashion, guests abounded. Nas capped the day off with a performance of Illmatic, and he didn't hide the men/women behind the curtain of his first LP; MC Serch, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor (of Main Source), Akinyele, Fatal, AZ and many others who either blessed the LP or were instrumental in his come-up all made appearances (yes, they performed the Main Source classic "Live at the BBQ" featuring Nas's first recorded appearance). Pras of The Fugees joined Lauryn Hill for "Ready of Not", Big Noyd joined Mobb Deep for "Give Up the Goods (Just Step)" and other tracks, and Black Moon brought a full band.
More pictures from the whole day, below...
Lauryn Hill reacts to reviews from her Saturday appearance
at Rock The Bells in Mountain View (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Any music event that pins its hopes on Lauryn Hill -- one of the most maddeningly disappointing performers of recent years -- is fighting an uphill battle right from the very start.I'm guessing he didn't like Lauryn Hill. Judge for yourself when she headlines the upcoming Rock The Bells date in NYC this weekend (9/3). The shows goes down on Governors Island (may the weather gods be nicer to hip hop than they were to Dave Matthews) Tickets are still available and set times have been announced, though NOTE:
Fortunately, the 2011 Rock the Bells festival tour, which stopped Saturday (8/27) at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, has so many other things going for it -- so many, in fact, that it's a shame to have to even bring up the headliner. But organizers made their bed, by picking Ms. Hill for the prime time slot, and now they have to sleep in it.
What's ironic, however, is that this was arguably the best performance locals have seen from Hill in many a moon. And it still sent thousands scurrying for the exits, with some complaining loudly about the 36-year-old soul singer's poor outing, midway through the set.
That's how low Hill has set the bar -- basically at ground level -- and anything greater than a complete train wreck will clear it. That fans weren't demanding refunds, like they had when Hill performed a 2007 show at Oakland's Paramount Theatre, can be seen as a kind of victory for this troubled performer.
Still, it was disappointing, especially for those die-hard fans hoping against all reason that Hill can someday return to the heights she reached in the '90s. And it was the only disappointment during an otherwise splendid day of hip-hop, which ran some 12 hours.
"DOOM will no longer perform on the remaining scheduled festival dates. He extends his apologizes to fans for not being able to make the US shows but looks forward to performing on Rock The Bells soon."Curren$y also had to cancel the 8/27 show in California due to a broken ankle sustained at the 8/20 California date.
In related news, Erykah Badu (who is on board for Rock The Bells) will be in NYC early to spin at Le Poisson Rouge on September 1st with Adrian Younge. The event is FREE with RSVP (send to email@example.com..Please include date of show in subject line). The event is one of two FREE Wax Poetics/Skullcandy events at the venue, with the second taking place on 9/29 with DJ Premier and Kendra Morris. RSVP with the same email to that show as well.
Check out some videos/interviews from California below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
...When Rage Against the Machine lead singer-provocateur Zack de la Rocha stood before 60,000 people, raised his fist, barked out wicked smart, superbly flowed calls to action, pointed out the disparity between rich and poor, spit venom at the billionaires and wondered on their power, the sense of no future that has ignited unrest throughout the world in 2011 felt shockingly, palpably present.The L.A. Rising Festival, which took place on July 30th in Los Angeles at the LA Memorial Coliseum, was organized by the Rage Against The Machine crew. The nine-hour festival featured the band's first appearance in Los Angeles in ten years, as well as sets from Muse, Rise Against, Immortal Technique, El Gran Silencio, and Lauryn Hill, who welcomed her sixth child just last week(!). More pictures from the LA event are below.
...Throughout the hour-and-15-minute set, Rage pulled its weight, proved itself to be one of the only rock bands on Earth able to captivate such a large space. Its conquest was so assured, in fact, that it jumped back in time to render an earlier set moot....
Though singer-guitarist-pianist Matthew Bellamy knows his way around a riff -- he quoted Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, the Animals and others during breaks between songs -- [Muse] makes form-over-function rock, these architecturally grandiose musical structures that are as perfectly crafted as they are grooveless. Muse's fan base no doubt disagrees; The thousands sang along to every lyrical cliché and gymnastic bridge, followed the band down every meandering path; when huge balloons were floated out into the crowd as the band meandered on, they bounced throughout the Coliseum until they exploded and dropped confetti.
-[Pop & Hiss]
Havoc of Mobb Deep @ the kick-off in LA (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
In addition to initially announced Rock The Bells lineup (Nas playing Illmatic? Mobb Deep on The Infamous detail? wow), the festival has made some interesting additions like Erykah Badu performing all of Baduism (on select dates), Common performing all of Be (on select dates), Killah Priest performing all of Heavy Mental, Slaughterhouse, and DOOM. More lineup details are below.
The NYC show on 9/3 at Governor's Island gets the Erykah Badu appearance, and tickets are on presale, password is "ILLMATIC". General sale begins Saturday, 6/11, at 10:00 AM.
In other Hip Hop festival news, Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest's lineup has expanded too adding MOP (!), Torae, Random Axe (Sean Price + Black Milk + Guilty Simpson), eLZhi, Marley Marl, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Grand Wizzard Theodore and Twilite Tone. Tickets are on sale for all Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival events, including an after-party at Southpaw on July 16th which proclaims to have "special guests invited including the entire BHF '11 lineup".
Full Rock The Bells details, alongside some videos, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Cypress Hill @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip - 5/24/2011
The line-up for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES--presented by Boost Mobile in association with GUERILLA UNION and powered by BlackBerry--will feature an array of seminal and up-and-coming hip-hop artists on three stages. Headliners include Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas,Erykah Baduand Cypress Hill. See the current line-up below and look for more performers to be announced soon.The Guerilla Union pre-sale for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES will go from June 3 at 10am PST - 10pm PST. The general on-sale starts on June 4.
This year's festival will head to four major North American markets. Kicking off in the Los Angeles-area on August 20 at the San Manuel Amphitheater, ROCK THE BELLS will then head to San Francisco on August 27 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The festival moves to the east coast for a show in New York on September 3 at Governor's Island (co-promoted with Bowery Presents, Highline, Mad Dog Presents) before wrapping in [a TBA venue in] Boston on September 10.
ROCK THE BELLS featured a number of headliners performing their most influential albums in their entirety for the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment last summer. The tradition continues this year with Ms. Lauryn Hill performing her landmark, multi-platinum selling, multi-GRAMMY winning album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and Nas performing his breakthrough debut album Illmatic with special guests AZ, Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Nas says about performing Illmatic this summer, "For years people have been asking me to do Illmatic in so many ways, from stage plays to movies to books, but the time wasn't right. Where music is going now, the time is right. This will be my biggest production and it only makes sense to do it on the best rap tour which also happens to be a brand I've built and am a partner in. Can't wait to kill it with my comrades AZ, Premo & Pete Rock!"
Full album sets can also be expected from: Cypress Hill performing their 1993 multi-platinum album Black Sunday, featuring modern rock radio mainstay "Insane In The Membrane"; Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star performing their 1998 self-titled debut album; Raekwon & Ghostface teaming up for critically acclaimed, platinum selling Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and more.
"I am excited that this year's Rock The Bells will continue its rich history and tradition by presenting the best and most ambitious festival programming in Hip Hop," says festival co-founder and Guerilla Union head Chang Weisberg. "The bar has been set high and this year's line-up will certainly stake its claim. With ten of the biggest records in the history of the genre and the freshest new talent bubbling from the underground, this summer's Rock The Bells is another dream come true."
ROCK THE BELLS will feature three main stages this year. The two returning stages are the ROCK THE BELLS STAGE and the PAID DUES STAGE, which will feature independent hip-hop acts that performed at the Paid Dues Festival this past April in San Bernardino and new artists-on-the-rise. Paid Dues Festival creator Murs says, "I am excited that I once again have the privilege of hosting the Paid Dues Stage. We will have the honor of showcasing some of the best talent in independent hip hop as part of the worlds largest and longest running hip hop festival... the Paid Dues stage is gonna be the one to watch this year."
The 36 CHAMBERS STAGE is a new addition to the festival and will primarily feature members of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as artists selected by stage curator and Wu-Tang Clan mainstay RZA. A fourth stage that will also be added to most markets is the GRINDTIME NOW STAGE, which will feature battle-style performances.
The lineup was announced last night at a show at House of Blues in LA. Mobb Deep, Souls of Mischief and Cypress Hill all played and pictures to prove it are in this post. More of them below.
The full lineup is also below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"Lauryn Hill at Wellmont Theater in NJ. She's only 3.5hrs late so far. I predict 2 more hrs till she comes on." - Jeff Staple
"There's only a few artists that get a pass for being this late: Lauryn. Prince. Sade. Stevie." - Jeff Staple
"At least the DJ is legit" - Mark Anthony
"People are leaving this Lauryn hill waiting game.... The row behind us just cleared. Oh yea, it's hot as hell in here too Wellmont..." - Julia Winn
"Lauryn: u can be 5hrs late, but u better have a perfect show--not what u did 2nite. Tip: if u show up on time, I won't expect perfection." - Jeff Staple
"Lauryn Hill was great last night. But only when playing Fugees songs the way they were recorded. Not a rendition fan" - ryeguy_24
"I'm still buzzing of Ms. Lauryn Hill's concert last nite!! READY OR NOT, HERE I COME!!!" - Carheem CookeColeman
After a run of shows that started in Vermont and included NYC-area gigs at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Bowery Ballroom, Blue Note (times 3), Highline Ballroom (after being postponed due to weather), and even House of Blues in Atlantic City, Lauryn Hill (eventually) played Wellmont Theater in her home state of NJ last night (2/4). More pictures from the Wellmont show, and a few more tour dates that were added since the last time we posted her tour dates (including Coachella - hopefully someone gets her on stage on time there!), below...
photos by Natalia Moena
Prince and Janelle Monae (both playing MSG tonight), were among those in attendance at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (12/28), though it's not clear what time those notable attendees got there. If they got there at 9pm, they would have waited just over three hours for Lauryn Hill to take the stage while a DJ played to a restless crowd who braved the snow and paid $75 a ticket to be there. Realizing he was the enemy by that point, the keyboard player put a sign on his keyboard that said "I was on time." Lauryn later took it down after telling the audience she was sorry. She apparently knows what people say about her because she also explained that she reworks her songs to keep them fresh.
That all aside, Lauryn played a 14-song set. One friend in attendance said she sounded great, though another brought up the previously-mentioned issue of the band overpowering her. Lauryn continues her tour at Bowery Ballroom and then the Blue Note in January. She later returns to NYC and NJ for shows in Atlantic City (1/29), Highline Ballroom (2/1 due to being postponed), and Wellmont Theatre (2/4). Updated dates, and videos, more pictures and the setlist from last night's show, below...