Exclusive: Lyfe Jennings Welcomes D'Angelo & Lauryn Hill's Music Comebacks
Friday, Jul 9, 2010 2:00PM
With the recent buzz surrounding Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo making music comebacks, SOHH reached out to soon-to-be retired singer Lyfe Jennings to get his reaction.
Although he plans on retiring from album-making, Jennings said he was still excited about the two R&B icons coming back at a critical time.
"I think it's great, man," Jennings told SOHH about Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo making music comebacks. "And I really hope they get the opportunity to come back because music is so finicky right now and when you look at the hope scope of where music has gone, it's really gotten away from the real messages and people, and you know, enabling people and their growth. This music should be right now. So with [them] coming back, I'm glad, I'm really glad, actually." (SOHH)
Last month, Hill talked about taking an 11-year break from the music industry.
"There were a number of different reasons (why I left)," she says in the interview. "But partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it. In fact, as musicians and artists, it's important we have an environment -- and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the (music) industry, that really nurtures these gifts." (USA Today)
Recently, D'Angelo confirmed reports of being in the process of working on a comeback album.
"I think [originality] is out there, but there's a lot of folks, people in power, record executives or what have you, that are less willing to take chances on s**t that might be different," he explained in an interview. "But I think there's an underground bubbling up under. A lot of Black folks are trying to do different s**t or they wanna do different s**t. I don't know the condition of what's going on in the business right now, but they're having a hard time cracking through...I'm really just focusing on getting this album together...I just want them to know that I'm coming. That's all. I'm in the kitchen and I'm cooking up something real nice." (The Urban Daily)
Lyfe Jennings recently spoke with SOHH about why he was retiring from album-making after the release of his new album I Still Believe.
"I had actually read an article about that and that was actually my first-time I ever heard about [him retiring too]," Jennings told SOHH referring to Dream's recent decision to retire. "[I've been thinking of retirement] for about a year or something like that especially when I took my two and a half years off and then coming back after having been there, correcting some different things, it just started to feel a little different to me, you know, the whole run around that has to be done to promote an album started getting to me." (SOHH)
Lyfe Jennings' I Still Believe is set to drop Tuesday, August 31st.
Listen to Lyfe Jennings' recent "Statistics" hit below: