Lauryn Hill

‘OK Computer’ and ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ to Be Archived in Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is a funny, oftentimes confounding thing. It’s one of those governmental institutes whose name we… Read More

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The 25 Best Song Lyrics of 2014

More end-of-year lists! Never enough end-of-year lists! But seriously, end-of-year list-making season does provide an opportunity to revisit the best aspects of the year gone by, and one of our favorites to make here at Flavorwire is this one: the year’s best lyrics. It’s been a year in which, let’s be honest, a whole lot of terrible things have happened in the US and around the world — which, if nothing else, means there’s been plenty of subject matter to address directly, or to inspire more oblique takes on the world in which we live. Here are our 25 favorites. … Read More

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124 Songs You Need to Hear Before 2014 Ends

Music is personal. It’s something that I’m never more aware of than I am at the end of every year, when best-of lists dominate the coverage at cultural publications, but the idea of “best” is one that I’ve never quite been comfortable with. It seems too objective to take into account personal taste, not to mention the reality that there’s too much music out there for even the most ambitious listener to have heard everything, or even close to everything. So let’s not use the word “best.” Instead, here are 124 songs released in 2014 that I would recommend to any music lover. Its goal is to highlight not only the year’s biggest hits, both commercially and critically, but also songs that commented on what happened in our world this year, and songs you may not have heard but that you’ll hopefully love as much as we… Read More

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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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