Lauryn Hill Performs

Lauryn Hill Performs

Lauryn Hill attends Kenzo La Collection Momento N°1 event at Kenzo Headquarters on March 1, 2017 in Paris.

Marking the end of the hotel’s 10th season, the concert was the kick-off to a celebratory weekend that also included a Sunday performance by Ben Harper. Hill took the waterfront stage at sunset, performing both iconic Miseducation tracks, among them “Everything is Everything,” “Ex-Factor” and “Lost Ones,” and favorites from her days with the Fugees, including “Ready or Not,” “Killing Me Softly” and “Fu-Gee-La.” Hill’s absence from recording (her last full-length recording was released in 2002) and performing, and the intrigue surrounding that, heightened the packed crowd’s energetic response to her appearance.

The passionate reaction from the Montauk audience underscored the fact that her absences haven’t made her any less of a source of fascination and respect among her fans and the music industry. (“Ex-Factor” was recently remixed by A Boogie wit da Hoodie and PnB Rock, two artists that had barely reached school age when the song was originally release.) Recent months have suggested that the world might get to see more of Hill. Last weekend she joined Dave Chapelle on stage at Radio City Music Hall, where she played with Common in February. On September 7, she’ll embark on a North American tour with Nas, with whom she toured in 2012 after the release of his album Life is Good.

The desire to offer a singular performance led Surf Lodge owner Jayma Cardosoto pursue Hill. “What really drew me to the idea of having her perform is that Lauryn hardly ever does performances. She’s very selective. And even so, her fans have not and will not forget what she has given the world musically,” Cardoso tells Billboard. “I wanted someone to perform that could evoke a feeling. There was a vibe and it was a moment. And Lauryn Hill delivered.”



August 28th, 2017

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