Posts tagged "Lauryn Hill"

Iggy Azalea Dressed As ‘White Chicks’ For Halloween: Morning Mix

Oh So Fancy

Did You Hear?

:: Iggy Azalea and her friend dressed up as White Chicks for Halloween. Take note, Snoop Dogg. [BuzzFeed]

:: BenZel, the production duo that is Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch, dropped a song with Cashmere Cat and Juicy J. “Four” will appear on BenZel’s Men EP, out November 10. [Twitter]

:: Kanye West crashed an open mic night in Jersey City, N.J., to support family friend and 17-year-old rapper Jay Hype. West was “quiet, cool and collected.” [E!]

:: Lauryn Hill‘s set at the Voodoo Fest in New Orleans was cut short after the singer entered the stage 30 minutes late. The mic was cut off, Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean” came on and the lights were dimmed, to Hill’s frustration. [Billboard]

:: Naviyd Ely Raymond, age 6, does not think that his father Usher is a great singer. “He doesn’t care about what I do as much,” Usher says. “He’s like, ‘I’m the star. Who are you? You sing?’” [Page Six]

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Drake Brings Out Usher, Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent & More At 5th Annual OVO Fest: Watch

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Drake Loves Lauryn
Drake‘s annual OVO Fest is essentially one massive surprise party — and last night’s set was certainly no exception.

Like last year‘s show, Drake brought out a multitude of special guests during his headlining set last night at the Molson Amiptheater in Toronto, including Usher, Lauryn Hill,Trey Songz, YG, DJ Khaled, PartyNextDoor, and even our girl Tinashe, who came out to get “2 On” with Drizzy.

Before each act, Drake supplied glowing praise for each of his superstar guests. “I want to bring people to you that changed all of our lives and shaped my career,” he hyped before introducing 50 Cent. “This is probably going to be one of the best moments in OVO Fest history,” he gushed before Usher arrived to the stage to croon “Climax.” As an added bonus, Drake even hopped back out for a quick dance battle with the Confessions king!

Watch some of the highlights from OVO Fest after the jump, including the Drizzy-Ursher dance-off. More »

Pitbull’s Pants Steal The Show At World Cup Opening Ceremony: Morning Mix

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:: Pitbull stole the spotlight from Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte during the World Cup opening ceremony. It’s not for being an electrifying performer, though – his high-waisted white capris, what one viewer called “diaper pants,” became the talk of social media. [ABC]

:: Beyonce and Jay Z announced the first European dates of their joint On the Run tour. The hip-hop royal couple will perform in Paris on September 12 and 13. Tickets go on sale June 19. [Digital Spy]

:: Skrillex‘s two-hour Superjam set at Bonnaroo was filled with surprises: Janelle Monae covered Michael Jackson (“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”) and James Brown (“I Feel Good”), Mystikal popped up and Lauryn Hill showed up unannounced to close with the Fugees‘ “Ready or Not.” [Billboard]

:: Lana Del Rey first wrote the Lou Reed-referencing “Brooklyn Baby” to feature the rock legend himself. She tried to meet with him, too. “I took the red eye [to New York], touched down at 7 a.m. … and two minutes later, he died,” she says. [The Guardian]

:: Eve married British fashion designer Maxmillion Cooper in Ibiza, Spain, over the weekend. “I’m so happy to make Eve my wife,” Cooper says. “The whole experience has been amazing and we are both so happy to have tied the knot.” [E!]

:: Sky Ferreira recently stopped by a Brazilian TV show, to be asked whether fans like her debut Night Time, My Time for the music, the cover art or “because of the tits, of course.” Her answer was flawless: “I’m pretty sure it’s because of the work, but I guess it helps if you’re a pervert.” [DIY]

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Sia Criticizes Lauryn Hill For Being Late: Morning Mix

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:: “Hey look! It’s @LaurynHill NOT performing!” Sia tweeted on May 17, after waiting an hour and a half for Hill’s show to start. This has been a common complaint throughout Hill’s tour, although fans should check out what Fabolous recently said of why rap shows tend to start late, period. [Twitter]

:: Saturday Night Live offered its own explanation of the Solange-Jay Z elevator fight: Solange was hitting a spider that had landed on Jay, because he has arachnophobia. There’s audio. [Stereogum]

:: Chris Brown has written three songs from jail with R&B singer James Barge, who found success in Motown sibling group DeBarge and was briefly married to Janet Jackson. [Billboard]

:: Brazilian listeners aren’t too pleased with Pitbull‘s “We Are One (Ole Ola).” One critic called it “a big pile of cliches,” one fan pointed out that it actually uses a Carribean beat. Another fan asked FIFA to re-use Shakira‘s “Waka Waka” instead. [Los Angeles Times]

:: The Black Keys urged fans to buy its new album Turn Blue at the 2014 Hangout Festival, with calls to knock Michael Jackson‘s Xscape out of its way. “We want to have a No. 1 album, but [he] releases something from the grave and cockblocks us,” Patrick Carney later said. [MTV]

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‘Glee’s Amber Riley & Naya Rivera Cover Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)”: Idolator Premiere

Girls, You know You Better Watch Out
Last year Idolator celebrated the 15-year anniversary of Lauryn Hill‘s seminal LP, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. Now we’re premiering a Glee cast cover of said album’s lead single, 1998′s chart-topping “Doo Wop (That Thing)”.

Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Santana (Naya Rivera) take on Hill’s R&B-pop classic in tomorrow night’s (April 29) episode, “Back-Up Plan.” In the episode, which boasts a guest appearance by Shirley MacLaine, rising star Mercedes tries to help Santana secure a recording contract of her own, while Rachel (Lea Michele) puts her Broadway role in Funny Girl in jeopardy when she auditions for a part in a TV pilot.

Head below to hear Glee‘s take on Lauryn Hill’s #1 hit, and, as always, check back Wednesday morning for our weekly recap of all that went down on the show. More »

Coachella 2014: Kid Cudi & Nas Perform Star-Studded Sets, Arcade Fire Brings Out Fake Daft Punk

A week ago, Arcade Fire brought out Blondie‘s Debbie Harry to perform “Heart of Glass” for the band’s first headlining set at Coachella, adding to the number of high-profile guests at this year’s festival. During the second weekend, though, a duo dressed as Daft Punk crashed the Montreal band’s set for a slo-mo version of their comeback single “Get Lucky.” Frontman Win Butler stormed the stage. “What the fuck is happening? What is this? What is this guys, seriously?” he said.

Of course, Beck would actually join Arcade Fire later to cover Prince‘s 1981 single “Controversy.”

Before Arcade Fire teased the crowd, and as Butler likely figured, Coachella saw a slew of surprise guests. A giddy Kid Cudi invited Haim and favorite band MGMT to help perform songs like “Pursuit of Happyness.” Later, Nas continued to celebrate his legacy (his iconic debut Illmatic just turned 20) with help from Lauryn Hill. Hill’s return to music may have been drawn-out and frustrating at times, but she seemed to stop time with her fiery performance in “Ready or Not” alone, proving that she’s still in fighting shape.

Surprise guests may be now totally expected at Coachella, but they’re always welcome. See clips from Arcade Fire, Nas and Kid Cudi’s performances after the jump. More »

Drake’s New Song “Draft Day” Samples Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”: Listen

Drake late last night (April 1) dropped new song “Draft Day,” an odd little nugget that features a loooped sample of Lauryn Hill‘s 1998 hit “Doo-Wop (That Thing).” The playful, boastful track contains a host of references to young celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Chance The Rapper and his pal NFL prospect Johnny Manziel, and in addition to a line about Drizzy trying raw oysters for the first time, it also might contain his response to a recent diss.

In Jay Z and Jay Electronica‘s “We Made It” remix, Hov of course rapped, “Sorry Mrs. Drizzy, for so much art talk / Silly me rappin’ ’bout shit that I really bought / Why these rappers rap about guns they ain’t shot? / And a bunch of other silly shit that they ain’t got?” In this new song, Drake may be offering up a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rejoinder, saying, “Just hits, no misses/That’s for the married folks.”

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Lauryn Hill Covers The Beatles’ “Something” For ‘Letterman’: Watch

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The Way She Moves
Lauryn Hill covered The Beatles‘ “Something” to close out Late Show with David Letterman‘s “Beatles Week” last night (February 8). Two guitarists and a trio of backup singers helped flesh out the George Harrison-penned pop standard into a bluesier rendition, as a familiar side to Hill resurfaced for the first time in years.

The songs that bracketed Hill’s 2013 prison term, “Neurotic Society Compulsory Mix” and “Consumerism,” were dissonant, rapidfire, free-form raps taking aim at greed, materialism and a “vampire paradigm,” jarring reminders of her talents and need to say something. The Miseducation icon hasn’t tackled a song as straightforward and sentimental as “Something” since, well, her debut. Breakout hit “Doo Wop (That Thing)” comes to mind, despite even the muted vocals, if only because she appears at ease. More »

Beyonce Was Terrified To Release ‘Beyonce’: Morning Mix

:: Beyonce confessed of her initial doubts leading up to her new album’s surprise release, during a screening hosted at New York’s School of Visual Arts. “I just got off the stage, I had a glass of wine and my cousin Angie was like, ‘Are you alright?’ because I was talking to myself and I was terrified,” she said. [Rap-Up]

:: For undisclosed reasons, Lauryn Hill has rescheduled the New York and New Jersey shows of her current tour, as she adds dates in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. [Billboard]

:: 2NE1 will start recording its next album in January. The K-pop heavyweights had released three singles (including “Falling In Love”) this past year but failed to deliver an album, as YG Entertainment initially promised in 2012. [Popdust]

:: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian‘s wedding will be huge, Kris Jenner says. Given that West hired an orchestra to perform Lana Del Rey‘s “Young & Beautiful” at a stadium, and in front of a screen that read “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!!” to propose, her news must have surprised everyone. [PEOPLE]

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Lauryn Hill Announces East Coast “Homecoming” Shows: See The Dates

Lauryn Hill is back in action after being released from prison in October. While she still has three months of house arrest and nine months of supervised release to serve out, she’ll be going on a small tour at the end of the year, meaning her house arrest has officially been postponed and her parole officer has approved the touring itinerary.

After announcing she’d be doing a doubleheader at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on November 27 earlier this week, the singer has unveiled five more dates comprising “Homecoming, a string of intimate shows for her fans, in and around New York City.” According to the press release, “Ms. Hill finds herself in a place where she can once again live and breathe the art that has brought her to the forefront of our psyches, and has earned her place as being one of the most prolific and thought provoking artists of our time.”

While we double check the definition of “prolific,” you can find the dates below and head to her website for ticket information. More »