Lauryn Hill is one of the few artists for whom my affection has never waned. I saw her in her mainstream prime in 1998. Recently, I caught up with Ms. Hill again. Her voice is as honest as ever. Sure, her rearrangements of older material display distinct signs of mania. She relies a little too heavily on the Bob Marley box set to fill out her 2.5 + hour show, but I don’t care because there’s nobody alive I would rather hear singing Bob Marley covers than Ms. Lauryn Hill. She fusses at her band, the lighting guy, and the sound tech. She’s a true artist and has the temperament to match. She makes the best stanky faces when the going gets good. Yeah, she’s late to start, but she’s also late to finish. We didn’t get out of there until 1:30 am. Ms. Lauryn Hill doesn’t come cheap, but she gives you your money’s worth. Catch her if you can because she’s blessed with rare genius.
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