The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, marked a career turning point that ultimately drove Lauryn Hill into seclusion. Regardless of the sheer magnificence of her 1998 solo debut, the critical acclaim, or the five Grammys won in a single night, the spotlight sharpened on the former Fugees' member, forcing her away from the politics of fame.
Almost two decades later, a follow-up album may be on the way. According to The Fader, Hill’s current producer and Ruffhouse Records founder Phil Nicolo described the new album as “much more musical.”
Working on the soundtrack for What Happened, Miss Nina Simone? inspired Hill, notes the documentary’s producer, Jayson Jackson. Hill and Jackson first collaborated back in her Fuguees days. “The Nina Simone experience pushed her hand in a way,” Jackson explained. “I can say this: I know creating makes her very happy. I couldn’t see her doing as much as she did [on the Simone project] in any state other than happiness.”
Nothing is confirmed from Hill's yet. She declined an interview for The Fader story, and Nas didn’t even want to participate without her approval. With or without album confirmation, the very idea sounds like a dream come true for fans.
Hill has been on the touring circuit for around five years now, though most would agree that her comeback kicked off to a rocky start. The live shows weren’t the best representation of Hill’s artistic character, as she became infamous for showing up extremely late to perform, and even arguing with audience members.
Nonetheless, the album delay has nothing to do with ego, it’s about work ethic. “It’s not that she feels like, ‘You can wait for me!’” added Nicolo. “She wants to be right. She wants to be perfect.”
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