Lauryn Hill Performs At London’s Brooklyn Bowl
Despite strong opinions on the last show, the legendary singer puts on a great performance...
Lauryn Hill had her loyal fanbase elated with the announcement of several live shows taking place in the UK this month. However, as any music lover with a Twitter account knows, her show at Brixton Academy received some strong criticism following reports of her arriving late and remixing her classics beyond recognition.
Just days later, Ms Hill turned the criticism around with an intimate performance at the Dover Street Arts Club in front of a star-studded audience including the likes of will.i.am, Cara Delevingne and Nicole Scherzinger, who later tweeted: “Unbelievable. It was one of the greatest shows I've ever experienced #church #faith #joy #truth #everythingiseverything.”
The next evening, The Wrap Up headed down to the O2’s Brooklyn Bowl (Sunday 28) to check out another intimate show from the neo-soul legend. Coming on stage close to 22.30pm, the star was confidently laidback when it came to the crowd asking to explain her lateness.
‘I’m human, I’m not a robot,’ she said as she explained that performances, imaginably, require a large gathering of mental energy prior. The audience seemed to appreciate the candidness.
Yes, when L Boogie performed her best known songs, they were different to the recorded version. But the band and backing vocalists were having a good time on stage, and so were we - it felt spontaneous, and that was fun. Hill’s effortless flow from singing to rapping is still as razor sharp as it was when she was in her twenties; it was captivating and something I haven’t seen in some time.
In the age of the internet the term ‘classic’ has lost its meaning, or is at least, the definition is open to debate. We’re constantly on to the next one - are artists more concerned with creating something that will trend or creating something timeless?
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA said to VH1 around the release date of her debut solo album: “What Lauryn is doing is opening doors for female artists who aren’t materialistic and flashing their t***ies... She represents a beauty and a wholesomeness that’s more down-to-earth. She makes music that people can relate to, which is why she’s done so well.”
Say no more.
Words: Maz Khan