Lauryn Hill Covers Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”

Carl Williott | June 18, 2015 8:03 am

Ever since Nina Simone‘s standard-setting 1965 rendition of “Feeling Good,” everyone from Muse to The Pussycat Dolls has taken a stab at it. The latest cover of the classic from Ms. Lauryn Hill, whose take serves as the first single off Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone. The compilation is being released in conjunction with Netflix’s Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, and in addition to Hill it features Usher, Mary J. Blige, Common, Simone’s daughter Lisa and more.

In the wake of Hill’s rap-centric post-prison material, “Feeling Good” is refreshingly lush and full-bodied. It’s the best she has sounded in years, which is probably no coincidence.

“Because I fed on this music, both [Nina’s] and lovers like her, like my basic food, I believed I always had a right to have a voice,” Hill said in a statement. “Her example is clearly a form of sustenance to a generation needing to find theirs. What a gift.”

According to Rolling Stone, Hill was only supposed to contribute two songs to the album, but all that inspiration led to her providing six tracks and serving as a co-producer.

Hear Lauryn’s lovely cover below.

What Happened, Miss Simone? is available to stream on Netflix starting June 26 and Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone is out July 10. Here’s the cover art:

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