Lauryn Hill brought her blend of soulful hip-hop to Chicago’s House of Blues.
Lauryn Hill may have garnered herself a reputation for appearing late for her shows, sometimes by several hours, but much to the Chicago audience’s delight and surprise, she took to the stage slightly early on Monday night.
Hill performed a reimagined array of songs from both her days with the Fugees as well as her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She may not have released a follow-up to her 1998 album, but is still drawing audiences and clearly still has the necessary pull based on the turnout for this show. Although not sold out, it was a respectable-sized crowd who had flocked to see her on a Monday night. Donning sunglasses on the dimly lit stage, she looked every bit the star some twenty years on.
Hill’s voice still packs a soulful yet powerful punch as she effortlessly glided between funky afrobeat to hip-hop rapping. It’s a shame someone as talented and gifted as Hill has fallen prey to such a tardiness stigma, one that she is struggling to shake. Whilst her recent three-hour delay was the result of inclement weather, her past behavior has hurt ticket sales with many fans tweeting they would love to see her but weren’t prepared to wait several hours on a Monday night for her to take to the stage.
Judging by the reaction and enthusiasm of the crowd in attendance, this Grammy winner has an avid fanbase. It is easy to see why when you hear her sing. Whether or not she ever releases a follow-up solo album, the way she reworks the old favorites breathes new life into her ever popular back catalog.
Event Date: 06-Feb-2017