Grammy-winning emcee/singer Lauryn Hill has implied plans to finally release a follow-up to her 1998 solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
According to Hill, she is more concerned with reacquainting her fans with her voice rather than focusing on guest collaboration for a possible comeback LP.
“We’re getting closer,” Hill said about a new album. “We’re getting closer. That’s all I can say. I have respect for what people do. I also like to hear the eclectics, I like to hear the mixture. There’s a lot of different creative energies out there right now. I respect the different sounds that I’m hearing. It’s been such a long time since I’ve gotten my voice and my ideas [out]. In terms of collaborations, that’s not even something I’ve been thinking about per se. I’m happy that people are still making music. Thatwe still have a platform with which to make music. It’s gonna be interesting to see what the future holds.” (MTV)
Last June, 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)
Following the news of her comeback, R&B singer Lyfe Jennings shared his reaction to SOHH about the famed singer returning to music.
“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)
The singer’s biggest album to date is her 1998 solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
The momentum finally culminated at the February 1999 Grammy awards, during which Hill took home five trophies from her 11 nominations, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album; the most ever for a woman. In an interesting twist, Hill’s album proved to be such a commercial and critical success that it shed doubt on the Fugees‘ future. Their in-fighting became common knowledge, and matters were complicated when many fans interpreted Miseducation’s various anti-stardom rants as a public dissing of co-Fugee Wyclef Jean. (All Music)
Check out some past Lauryn Hill footage down below: