Is there a New Lauryn Hill ALBUM in the Works?
According to The Fader Lauryn Hill’s producer Nicolo says new music is not so far off. Hill is in the studio with him regularly, working on new music, a process that’s been unpredictable but deeply gratifying. “She has to be given the space and ability to try things,” he says. “Sometimes your immediate impression is: ‘You want to do what?’ But I enjoy working with her more than every other artist.” He says she’s already built up enough material to release a new album, and that musically, it will harken back to Miseducation. Whereas the few tracks she’s released in recent years feature a stream-of-consciousness that is harsh at times, Nicolo describes this work as “much more musical.” It is political, but also deeply personal, he says. She is drawing “from all of her inputs.”
Nicolo describes Hill’s life these days as calm. Zion, the oldest of her six children, recently graduated high school. Fabolous, DJ Clue, and Jadakiss helped celebrate his 18th birthday. Nicolo says Hill devotes most of her life to being a mom: going to her son’s basketball games and carting her daughter to and from preschool. She likes to venture into the city from her home in South Orange, New Jersey—“she likes the vibe of the city,” says Nicolo—to take meetings.
While Nicolo has been skeptical about Hill’s return in the past, today he sounds confident. “When she was first getting back into it, there were times when she wasn’t as positive,” he remembers. “But I think she’s in the best place I’ve ever seen her. She seems happy and very centered. When I see her, her face lights up.” When Hill performed a Nina Simone cover on Fallon recently, she was beaming. As a result of her prominence on the documentary, Miseducation recently began climbing the charts again. The soundtrack received positive reviews—a crucial reminder that her work still resonates. It’s a sign that her thorny reputation hasn’t obscured her art—today, in fact, it might allow us to see her more clearly.
I guess we will wait to hear this new music from Miss Hill!