Lauryn Hill

Some Odalisques Are Only About That Thing: Amazing Tumblr Juxtaposes Hip Hop Lyrics and Classic Artworks

In the grand Tumblr tradition of mashing up seemingly unrelated art forms (see also: the eternally relevant Slaughterhouse 90210) — and perhaps in tribute to the increasing overlap between the worlds of hip hop and high art — comes a delightful project called Fly Art. Billed as “an homage to the finer things in life: art and hip hop,” Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano’s Tumblr superimposes lyrics from the likes of Kanye West and Lauryn Hill on complementary artworks by Renaissance and Modernist masters alike. Click through to see some of our favorite juxtapositions from Fly Art, which we spotted via Beautiful/Decay. … Read More

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Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae, Warpaint, and More Joined Skrillex Onstage for Bonnaroo “Superjam”

Well, I never thought I’d want to see Skrillex in concert, but word of his Bonnaroo “Superjam” last night is really… Read More

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10 Completely Untrue Pop Culture Urban Legends

Slate put a preemptive pin on all those 75th-anniversary posts commemorating Orson Welles’s broadcast of War of the Worlds by reminding readers that, contrary to popular belief, almost no one believed aliens were actually invading the earth at the time. Yet the urban legend will no doubt persist. Which brings us to our brief survey of rumors from around pop culture that never seem to die despite not having much in the way of truth to them. Read on for all kinds of fascinating non-facts about musicians, movies, actors, and pop cultural icons, reminding us that while truth may be stranger than fiction, fiction’s often plenty… Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Lauryn Hill, Dean Wareham

An abridged version of our best new songs this week, because the world is a cold, harsh place wherein there is no love and no God. But never fear, because the incendiary new track from Lauryn Hill is worth the price of admission on its own, and there’s also new stuff from Dean Wareham and Juana Molina, Widowspeak getting all Lynchian, and a Swearin’ song that channels all the good bits of ’90s alt-rock. And as ever, streaming all this action will cost you precisely nothing, so click through and have a listen. Happy Friday. … Read More

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Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé: Black Femininity and The Politics of Persona

Much can be said, and has been said, about the relationship between art and social identity. An artist’s race, his or her sexuality — perceived, performed, and even private — as well as his or her politics, become tools that can elucidate the motivation behind their work, as well as its broader social and cultural significance. In making a celebrity’s private life public, their personal characteristics social, and their individuality a token of universal characteristics of an era, pop culture icons become in equal measure sources of power and vulnerable subjects to media distortion, scandal, and exaggeration. … Read More

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25 Great Songwriters on the Art of Songwriting

Thomas Edison’s famous and oft-abused quote about genius being 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration is one of the great truisms of our time. But is it actually, y’know, true? How creativity actually works — in terms of the nuts and bolts of actually getting things down on the page/tape/canvas/etc. — is perhaps the most mysterious aspect of art, a process that’s both romanticized and often misunderstood. And in view of this, we thought it might be interesting to see what some of our favorite songwriters had to say about how they approach the process of writing. Click through to read opinions from Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Björk, Patti Smith and a whole heap more. We hope they provide some measure of inspiration, interest, or insight. … Read More

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10 Criminally Underrated ’90s Songs

In typical NME fashion, the magazine has caught on to ’90s nostalgia a few years after the rest of the music media and released its list of the top 100 songs of the decade. Aside from a few unmistakably British flourishes (Pulp’s “Common People” edging Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” out of the #1 spot, McAlmont & Butler’s “Yes” in the top 10), there are few surprises. No one can deny the excellence of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” or Daft Punk’s “Da Funk,” but we’re getting sick of seeing the same songs honored over and over when there are so many other equally great tracks to celebrate. We’ve done just that below, rounding up a handful of criminally underrated ’90s songs that you may have forgotten over the years. Since there are literally thousands of tracks that also deserve a place on this list, we hope you’ll add your suggestions in the comments. … Read More

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‘Greatest Women in Music’ Picks VH1 Will Surely Come to Regret

As you may have noticed, we do a lot of a list-making here at Flavorpill. So we’re particularly sensitive to the idea that anything purporting to be a definitive countdown of the 100 Greatest Women in Music had better be pretty freaking solid. Now, VH1 has already narrowed the field somewhat for this five-part series, specifying that it will only celebrate acts that have made significant contributions in the past 20 years. In a way, that’s good news — we won’t have to freak out about Katy Perry outranking Janis Joplin. But that doesn’t mean the network has managed to entirely steer clear of choices that are somewhat embarrassing now and will undoubtedly be utterly humiliating in a decade or so. After the jump, we round up their silliest selections and most questionable rankings. … Read More

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Watch Lauryn Hill and Pras Reunite at Rock the Bells

This year’s Rock the Bells tour landed at Governors Island over the weekend, and the award for most talked about artist goes to headliner Lauryn Hill — and for once, it’s not because she did something completely crazy! Hill, who performed her classic 1998 album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill in its entirety, was joined on stage by Pras at the end of her set; a Wyclef-free version of the Fugees went on to perform a few songs, namely “Killing Me Softly” and “Ready or Not,” suggesting that maybe they don’t hate each other’s guts after all. While the audio in the footage after the jump might not be the best, click through to get the gist of what it was like to be there. … Read More

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