The track, which will be released this fall, is described by Ms. Hill as a juxtaposition to the statement “life is good,” which she believes can only be so when these long standing issues are addressed and resolved.
“I use the performance platform as an opportunity to express the energy of that moment, and the intention behind it,” said Ms. Hill. “I've been a long standing rebel against the stale, over commoditization. As artists we have opportunity to help the public evolve, raise consciousness and awareness, teach, heal, enlighten and inspire in ways the democratic process may not be able to touch. So we keep it moving.”
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Fri., Sept. 21) at 10 a.m. for their Nov. 2 Atlanta date at the Tabernacle.
Fans got a preview of the tour to come when Nas brought Ms. Hill out during his set at New York's Hot 97 Summer Jam earlier this year. The tour concert announcement comes the same week that Nas happens to be celebrating certified gold sales of Life Is Good — which is a good thing considering the recent hullabaloo about him using ghostwriters and all on his Untitled album.
Of course, Ms. Lauryn Hill has been back in the headlines herself. First, there's the ongoing issue of all those fed/state back taxes she owes. Then, this week former Fugees collaborator Wyclef Jean aired out the details of the romantic affair he and Hill shared during the trio's heyday. In his new autobiography, Jean even claims Hill initially led him to believe he was the daddy of her first son, Zion:
"I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn't forgive that," an excerpt from the book reads. "She could no longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken."
Nas is in the process of mourning/celebrating the demise of his own recent relationship with ex-wife Kelis, courtesy the song "Bye Baby," which has helped push his album to 500,000 sales.
Ms. Hill will only be joining Nas for 11 dates of the 18-city tour. Thankfully, Atlanta will be honored with her presence — and despite the tepid reception her return to the stage has received in recent years, it's an honor indeed. In a sense, her reputation for demanding respect — whatever you do don't boo Ms. Lauryn Hill (which is how the Live Nation press release refers to her) if she takes the stage hours after the advertised show time — has only added to her legend.
Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill. $59.50-$69.50. 8:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2. Tabernacle. Tickets on sale Fri., Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Buy tickets.
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