India Arie Releases New Soulful Song “That Magic”

I get super excited when one of the Earths debuts new soulful music. Im up 4:30 am writing this post cause I accidently clicked on social media and saw this India Arie post

Among the Hottest neo-classic soul artists to emerge in the early 2000s following the success of artists like D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill, Atlanta’s India.Arie was poised to make a major impact. A studied songwriter and guitar player rooted in the soul and blues of the past, as well as in positive-minded contemporary hip-hop, Arie debuted with Acoustic Soul. Rich with resonant hooks and mature lyrics — impressive, considering she had been writing songs for only five years — the album established a remarkable career that has entailed four Grammy Awards and five consecutive placements in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200.

For Full Song Peep This Video

It sounds so good. Im going to download it now , are you?

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“You Steal Music , Those Songs Were Written By Other People.” Robert Glasper Blasts Lauryn Hill’s Years Of Shady Behavior

By now im sure we’ve all heard about the rumors surrounding Lauryn Hill and her strange shady behavior. I even sold my show ticket for the Las Vegas show ( Sept 7) because of all her unprofessionalism. Thats nothing compared to those working closely with the legendary rapper/songstress, those who have worked side by side with her, have kept quiet…until now. Multi-Grammy and Emmy award-winning jazz musician Robert Glasper has had ENOUGH and got some things off his chest.

He spoke on quite a bit of the rumors, the allegations that she steal music and whether or not you can look her in the eye(wth??). See what he had to say below. When he sat down with The Mad Hatta Morning Show on 97.9, the host asked if there were artists who were known for their rude and reckless behavior

I’ll say a name. You ready? Lauryn Hill.

Host: Why you do Lauryn Hill like that?

No. Why she do me like that? I did a show with Lauryn…this was 2008, I guess. It was for Montblanc Jewelry Corporation. She’s getting half a million dollars for this show. It’s a 20 minute show. My friend was the MD (musical director). He said ‘Rob, we’re doing a show in LA. You want to do this show?’ Mind you, two years prior she had been calling me trying to get me to come to her house to audition. I’m already a signed artist. I’m traveling the world doing my own thing. I don’t do auditions. So I was like ‘Sorry, I don’t do auditions. If you want me, you can listen to my album.’

She was calling me talking about ‘Can you play for me over the phone?’ No I’m not doing that. I’m like, ‘No but I do have albums out. Number one Jazz albums on the charts. If you like, you can check those out. I’m not auditioning. I’m not.

So then my boy’s like, ‘Yo Lauryn has a show in New York, do you want to play?’ So I said, ‘What’s the deal?’ He’s like, ‘We’re rehearsing for one week for a 20 minute show.’ So we rehearse a whole week, like 10 hours a day. Every day she comes in and changes the show, changes what she wants to do. Completely.The last rehearsal, she doesn’t show up. Her manager comes in and says, ‘Lauryn’s not really feeling the way you guys have been learning the music so we’re going to cut your pay in half. The last rehearsal. The day before the show. First of all, we weren’t getting paid that much anyway but understand she’s getting half a million dollars. So seriously? You’re going to take these five musicians and cut their pay in half.

Host: Do you feel like y’all were messing up though?

Not at all. It was a superband.
She has a thing of—she likes to fire bands. I can name you—I can rattle off 15 guys off the top of my head. She will go on tour with a band and in the city that they’re doing a show, she’ll hold auditions for her band. One of my boys flew to Japan to do shows in Japan. While she’s in Japan, she’s holding auditions in the hotel, in the ballroom for her band. That’s super gangsta! And nothing’s wrong. The bands are good. She gets the best musicians. She just has a thing.

Anyway, the last rehearsal they go around to everybody, basically like ‘If you’re not cool, you can leave.’ I didn’t need that gig. I’m making money of my own. I have my own career at that time. I was eating a beef patty, I’ll never forget it. And I said, ‘When I finish my beef patty, I’m going home so y’all can do what y’all need to do.’

But look, I’m the principle piano player. I know they need me. The gig’s tomorrow. So I’m like, I’m going home. I walk out. The manager runs— first of all, before she even came in, the MD, my friend said, ‘Just so you know, don’t look her in the eye and you have to call her Ms. Hill.

Host: So those rumors be true?

That’s 100 percent true.
One of the days at rehearsal, she said, ‘Robert, I need you to…’ and I said, ‘Ok Lauryn.’ Respect, I respect. You can’t come into a situation especially when you’ve already stolen all of my friends’ music. Miseducation was made by great musicians and producers that I know, personally. So you got a big hand off of music that you didn’t even write. You feel me though?

Host: Robert, you know she gon’ hear this?

100 percent. I’m ready. I don’t care because nothing I’m saying is a lie. Point to me where the lie is, then we can have a conversation. But if she looks at it, it’s 100 percent true— that’s why they got their money.

Host: That’s why she rearranges the music on the tour, right?

Yes! All kinds of stuff. I went into it knowing, ‘Okay, you steal music.’

Host: Who steals music?

Lauryn Hill. I’ve met Stevie Wonder and hung out with Stevie Wonder. I’ve met Quincy Jones and hung out with Quincy Jones. I’ve met Herbie Hancock, hung out with Herbie Hancock. If those three people can be cool, Lauryn Hill should be able to be cool. You haven’t done enough to be the way you are. The one thing you did that was great, you didn’t do… I’m out here.

She took the credit for making the classic album. Those songs were written by other people and they did not get their credit. She likes to take credit so she can become this super person. If you’re a super person and you’re that talented…

Host: …Do it again.

Do it! You feel me? She couldn’t tune her guitar in rehearsal. We were in rehearsal, she had my boy Benji tune her guitar.

She would come into rehearsal and say, ‘Benji, guitar.’ And just hold it out like this. And he would run and tune her guitar.

So anyway I leave rehearsal, I’m eating my beef patty, they run after me to the middle of the street. And they said, ‘What can we do?’ I said ‘ Before 4 o’clock you can wire all of my money into my account because now I don’t trust y’all. So if you want me to do this gig, you need to wire my money into my account within 30 minutes. That’s what you can do.’ So I waited. They wired the money into my account and then I went home. I didn’t do the other rehearsal because they already disrespected to me. But I came back for the show the next day.

Host: How did the show go?

It was great. It was 20 minutes.

But I will say this, there was one joyous moment that week. There’s a song called “Doo Wop.” So one day, she was just being a real…you know. So instead of doing “Doo Wop,” I went [opening chords for “Joyful, Joyful.”] She looked at me and sang a verse and a chorus of “Joyful, Joyful.” And then she looked at me and said, ‘Okay back to the…’ So for a minute and a half, we got the Lauryn…she normalized and became—so it’s in there. I really feel like she’s in there.

Something happened. People can change. I’m not sh*tting on her forever. But that’s the stuff that really happened and you’re going to have to take accountability for it at some point and then you’re good.

People can change. I hope she does change. She disrespected a lot of people. A lot of people. A lot of musicians with families.

You can watch this portion of the interview in the video below.

Lauryn Hill Cancels and Postpones Several Tour Dates

Lauryn Hill has recently started her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th anniversary tour this month and the singer has already cancelled and postponed several dates.

via Hip-Hop DX:

According to The Virginian-Pilot, Hill canceled her performance on August 16 in Virginia Beach as well as North Carolina concerts in Charlotte and Raleigh and St. Petersburg, Florida scheduled for this week. A Miami show, which was originally planned for July 31, was also postponed until October 15.

A statement from Live Nation cited “unforeseen production issues” as the reason for the cancellations.

Hill has a long history (which is getting longer by the day) of showing up late to her shows or canceling them altogether. Fans at the Toronto concert were left waiting for nearly an hour for Hill to show up. When she finally did turn up, she only performed a 45 minute set.

If you’re supporting Lauryn Hill’s bad behavior in 2018 by wasting your coins…. Just Donate to Eccentric GLOW — Im just saying.

SZA WINS The BET Best New Artist Award

After having a little bad luck as the Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards, she was able to snag a major Win last night. At the BET Awards ceremony held on June 24, the TDE singer-songwriter took home the Best New Artist award, one of the four awards she was nominated for.

Informing us that it was the first award she’s ever won in public, SZA expressed some words of wisdom in her brief acceptance speech – “Follow your passion, ignore everyone.”

Peep SZA’s full acceptance speech below.

Afrocentric Prom Dress Praises Erykah Badu, Angela Davis, and Lauryn Hill

Aishamanne Williams wore a one of kind
gown to prom that praised those who inspire her to be who she is: Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Angela Davis.

The 17-year-old high school senior collaborated with her friend’s mother, Donna Weekes, and schoolmate, Nyiesha Mallett, to create her vision. The white gown with illustrations of Hill, Badu, and Davis won Williams, “Best Dressed” at prom. Williams told Teen Vogue, “Honoring inspirational, radical, unapologetically honest black women was important to me.”

Prom is a major part of senior year in high school, the pictures last forever, and there isn’t a better moment to celebrate who you’ve became and salute those that you look up too — which is exactly what Williams did. And her ability to do so in a creative way is inspiring.

Williams is definitely pushing the envelope when it comes to the views of a traditional prom dress. This also guarantees that no one else will show up to the dance with the same dress. 

Lauryn Hill Announces ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ 20th Anniversary Tour

Lauryn Hill has announced she will embark on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour to celebrate her iconic album released on August 25, 1998.

The 29-date tour will kick off on July 5 in Virginia Beach and will wrap on October 5 in St. Louis.

Concertgoers will have the pleasure of watching Ms. Hill perform the 19x platinum-selling album (worldwide) in its entirety.

You can head over to Ticketmaster right now and get ready to secure your ticket to see Lauryn Hill live, and if you live outside one of the cities on her tour, maybe plan road trip.

IF I RULED THE WORLD: Nas & Lauryn Hill Announce Tour

Nas & Lauryn Hill Announce Tour

Days after Lauryn Hill celebrated her birthday with Nas, the 21st anniversary of their hit song ” If I Ruled The World”…. the iconic artists announced they are joining forces to embark on a tour this fall.

This will be the second tour for the dear friends who hit the road together in 2012 for 10 dates following the release of Nas’ Life Is Good album.

See the full list of dates for the Queenbridge Representer and L Boogie Tour below:

September 7 – Chicago, IL @ HuntingtonBank Pavilion at Northerly Island
September 8 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre
September 10 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
September 12 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 14 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
September 15 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
September 20 – Raleigh, NC @ Red HatAmphitheater
September 22 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
September 23 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
September 27 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
September 28 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilionat Irving Music Factory
September 30 – Austin, TX @ Austin360Amphitheater
October 3 – San Diego, CA @ Cal CoastCredit Union Open Air Theatre
October 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
October 7 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 10 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
October 11 – Vancouver, BC @ PacificColiseum

Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 2nd at 10 a.m.

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