Lauryn Hill is iconic. There is no other way to describe her. Her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which was released in 1998, was one of the very first neo-soul, R&B, hip hop inspired albums I was exposed to as a child (I was 10 years old when the album came out).
Revisiting the album after a few years, upon hearing she was returning to Australia’s shores after 4 years, the music and the songs’ subject matter is timeless. Though stories of love, heartbreak and everything in between are common themes in many solo female artists’ music, The Miseducation was introspective and highly personal making it so relatable to many women of all ages.
One of the things I love about Lauryn is her ability to sing and rap. Something that is still an anomaly in hip hop today. Nicki Minaj is a current artist who has a handle on both styles but she doesn’t have the same class or demand the same respect that Lauryn does. And it’s obvious why.
Lauryn Hill will be performing in Perth for the first time in 4 years – she last performed at Raggamuffin 2010 – at Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday 24th May. Tickets are still availale through Oztix. For information on the show, visit the Facebook event page.
Surprisingly the show has not yet sold out, but with only 2 weeks until the show I’m sure it will. All I know is that I’ve got my ticket and I cannot wait for her to sing Ex-Factor.
By Kylie de Vos