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The Decline Of Lauryn Hill


Lauryn Hill Has Been Shortchanging Her Fans At Recent Shows

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the aptly named title of the 1998 debut LP from the former Fugee member that propelled her to win Grammy awards, gain superstardom and obtain fans across the globe.

However, Lauryn seems to be miseducated when it comes to her knowledge of how to treat those fans that paid money to support her sold-out show at Atlanta’s Center Stage last Friday.

The heavily made-up, somewhat clown-faced Lauryn arrived three hours late, just as she did for her tour’s kick-off performance at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, where she stated she was “worth the wait.”

Then she decided to remix her classic music increasing the tempo making it impossible to follow. Mrs. Hill claimed that she was tired of “playing the same music night after night” but strongly encouraged crowd participation.

Someone should have informed the 35-year-old singer what a tour involves and how difficult it may be for patrons to follow a song they have never heard. The audience stood with their arms folded, some booed and most stomped out of the concert area.

Media outlets are labeling Lauryn a narcissist that has lost touch with her supporters.  At The Pageant Concert Nightclub in St. Louis on Sunday, (January 16th) she once again showed up after midnight and announced she would be adding a twist to her music.

She then went on to sing unrecognizable versions of records that cemented her place in the hearts of many.  A performance slated to begin at 9PM went well passed 1AM, causing most audience members to exit before she finished. The 17-date tour is still selling out although the buzz has been more about the antics than the artistry.

However, before a packed crowd in Minneapolis on Tuesday, (January 18th) there was some reports of redemption as Lauryn crooned a tear-jerking rendition of “Ex-Factor” and poured her heart out during covers of Bob Marley’s “Forever Loving Jah” and “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”

This time, showtime was 11PM and she was only an hour late, and even though she begged her band to pick up the pace, the crowd was still able to distinguish most of the music.

Maybe someone is slowly educating the once heralded songstress about concert etiquette or maybe fans that buy tickets should prepare to hear techno revamps and a 3-hour DJ set before the show starts.



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  • leave her alone yea shes’s worth wait for die hard fans let her evolve into something new you can tell she’s trying to prepare them for something if they are ready for it, but lol I do agree she should do the old songs and then go into the new versions or remixes half & half it.

  • brian

    If people want to hear her sing over instrumentals from her album go see Rihanna in concert. Since the days of the Fugees, Lauryn has been playing with a band and improvising to make her old music more fresh But because we are not used that for artists that fit into a hip hop category this is unacceptable. Unfortunately in today’s music industry people only want to hear what they are used too. When she releases a new album i’m sure the writer of this article will be the first to buy it.

  • jhsting32

    I agree with both of you…I went to the Charlotte show and her new renditions were great. I loved all of them except for the new version of “To Zion” bc that song in it’s original form is sacred to me. The Bandwagon fan might leave her alone, but us “true fans” will stick with her. She is not your typical artist, musicianship is actually important to her. I’m kind of tired of people making articles off of hearsay, how about go to the concerts and experience Ms. Hill in person and then comment about it. Her voice is still on point and she can still rock the crowd. In Charlotte we were able to sing-along so I don’t know what the problem was in Atlanta.

  • ~~prb

    Lauryn is free to do whatever she want with her music and her it or not.SHE’S NOT THE FIRST ARTIST TO SHOW UP LATE..OTHER ARTIST BOOK SHOWS AND DON’T even SHOW UP AT patient and uplift a sister..not put her down.

  • Chy

    I disagree with you all…You have to respect your position and respect your artistry and she is doing the complete opposite to her fans the people who supported her and rooted for her…She doesnt appreciate the people who worked overtime or borrowed a couple hundred just to see someone they grow up admirring just for the artist to come up once she was good and ready and midnight knowing your voice just isn’t the same at that hour so she’s not even at her best vocally…that my friends is taking your position for granted…

  • getogoin

    paleeze I would and will wait HOURS to see MZ hill perform and dont give a fuk what anyone else thinks. She is just like anyone else who is gettting back to wrk, she is working the kinks out and getting better as she goes along. Its not easy being one of the GREATEST in the game so this WOMAN who is HUMAN deserves a break!! I’m buying tickets when she comes here….

  • getogoin

    Yes i say do u Lauryn!!

  • speaksthetruth

    She should have more respect for her fans, if it weren’t for the fans, Lauryn Hill would not be who she is today…….I am, however, NOT a fan, never was. I find her to be pretentious and arrogant.

  • getatme