Classic, classic, classic. UK soul-stress, Harleighblu has been championed by many in this latest wave of ingenues sporting the stylings of the ‘full-voiced classic soul songstress.’ Just a hair’s breath shy of 21, there is a quality in her voice that belies her age which easily draws similar comparisons to her cited influences of Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Floetry. We aren’t the only ones to have noticed this, the lead track, Enough Now, off of her upcoming debut on Tru Thoughts, Forget Me Not, created such a fervor on Mistajam’s BBC 1XTRA show, that it carried the rare feat of being played back to back, and Mistajam declaring, “The new queen of hip hop soul. Every time I play this one it goes off!”
Hip-hop fans rejoice, two of the greatest MCs of all time, Nas and Lauryn Hill have announced a joint tour of North America running October thru November. The two were onstage together at Hot 97 Summer Jam, where they tore through “Ready Or Not,” “Lost Ones” and “If I Ruled The World.” The tour is called the Life Is Good/Black Rage tour, which references both Nas’ recent album and Hill’s upcoming single. Check the full dates after the jump. …MORE
With triumphs by Nas and Erykah Badu, let downs from Black Star and Lauryn Hill, and missing pieces with Wu-Tang Clan, Rock the Bells 2011 was as exciting, confusing and controversial as the hip-hop generation that it celebrates.
Remember just a few years ago when Ms. Lauryn Hill was an enigma? Now she’s everywhere, rocking out Coachella, doing a full U.S. tour, and dropping in on Jimmy Fallon to perform a revved up version of her classic, “Doo Wop (That Thing).”
Fallon has really been kicking late-night ass on the music guests. I guess having ?uestlove in your corner has a serious advantage. Too bad The Roots didn’t actually join Ms. Hill for this jam. Coulda used some tuba.
Rock The Bells this year has announced that they will be will be kicking off in Los Angeles, CA (August 20, 2011); making it’s way to San Francisco, CA; New York City, NY and wrapping up in Boston, MA. I’m personally super excited because Lauryn Hill will be performing- in its entirety, The MiseducationOfLauryn Hill. Other headliners include Nas, Erykah Baduand Cypress Hill. According to the press release: “Full album sets can also be expected from: Cypress Hill performing their 1993 multi-platinum album Black Sunday, featuring modern rock radio mainstay “Insane In The Membrane”; Mos Def &TalibKweli Are Black Star performing their 1998 self-titled debut album; Raekwon & Ghostface teaming up for critically acclaimed, platinum selling Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and more.” Sooo, exciting? Umm, yes — very much so. Check out full lineup after the jump… …MORE