RCA is gearing to release a Nina Simone tribute album in conjunction with the upcoming Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? — six of whose tracks will be performed by Lauryn Hill. (Basically, it’ll be what everyone wants: a third Lauryn Hill album). According to Rolling Stone, Hill initially meant to come on to only record two songs, but became increasingly passionate about the project and performed four more, alongside taking on the role of producer. Hill said, in a statement:
Because I fed on this music, both hers and lovers like her, like my basic food, I believed I always had a right to have a voice. Her example is clearly a form of sustenance to a generation needing to find theirs. What a gift.
The first of the album’s singles — “Feeling Good” — has been released, and features Hill singing a sped-up, invigorated version of the already exuberant song.
Mary J. Blige, Usher, Common, Gregory Porter, Jazmine Sullivan, and Nina Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone have all also contributed to the album, which is out July 10.