NPR has added another one of my favorites to their 50 Great Voices series. Mrs. L Boogie! Oops my bad, she only answers to Mrs. Hill now.
I don't think I know anyone who does not like her music. She transcends generations. Gloria the Guru (mommy) still
sings tries to sing her songs. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is a classic and has been in the dics changer in my trunk since I got my car in 2000 along with The Score. I've made sure she has her own playlist on all my ipods. I think I'm one of the few who actually appreciated her MTV Unplugged album. I miss her voice. Hurry up and come back quick Mrs. Hill. We miss you!
Read the entire article after the jump. It's long but good.
courtesy of the Harmony Festival
by Zoe Chace
I interviewed a lot of people for my story about Lauryn Hill's voice. I had to, because I didn't know if I'd be able to speak to her myself. The singer and rapper last released a recording eight years ago. She rarely performs in the U.S., and she almost never gives interviews. But her fans haven't forgotten her — they're still pleading for her to come back. Hill is a fantastic singer, as well as one of the greatest MCs of all time, and the story of her voice is the story of a generation.
It doesn't take much for a group of 30-somethings to get nostalgic about Hill. Put her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, on at a bar, and it takes the crowd right back to college days or high-school summers. I met Daryl Lutz while he was hanging out with a group of friends on the deck of Marvin's Bar in downtown Washington, D.C."We went to school in Hampton, Va., and she came to do a show," he said. "It was one of the best times in my life — I mean, she spoke to me! We snuck backstage and I got her to sign my meal card. She said, 'This is your meal card, brother, you know?' I said, 'That's all I got.' She signed it, 'Eat well — L. Boogie.' That's something I'll never forget. I love her. I love her to death."
I heard tons of stories like Lutz's that night — mostly closed with this plea: "Come back, Lauryn. We need you. Come back!" People spoke directly into the microphone, as if it were a telephone line.