Lauryn Hill: Khulami Phase [ep/mix]

Khulami Phase (download it)

This isn't an official Lauryn Hill release, rather a compilation of a few tracks you've probably never heard before (like, "Take Too Much", "Music", and "The Passion"), a few old tracks (like Santana's "You Like The Way"), rehearsals, live performances, covers (like Stevie's "As"!, and "Blame It On The Sun" performed by The Fugees, also written by Stevie Wonder), and brief interviews. I usually just can't seem to find time for projects like this, but it was Lauryn, so I listened.

And I was not disappointed; I don't think you will be. If you're still asking yourself, "whatever happened to Lauryn Hill?", like this Guardian article below, this album should answer it for you -- if you give it a chance and listen. {thanks Nat}

Whatever happened to Lauryn Hill?
(SOURCE: The Guardian)

[...] Since Unplugged, Hill embarked on a short-lived reunion with the Fugees, beginning with a 2004 open-air concert filmed in Brooklyn for Dave Chappelle's Block Party movie, and yielding one poorly received new single – Take It Easy – before the group dissolved again, in even more acrimonious circumstances than before. "At this point I really think it will take an act of God to change [Lauryn]," Pras told in 2007, "because she is that far out there." Friend and former tour-mate Talib Kweli took a more sympathetic line on his track Ms Hill, from 2005 album Right About Now: "The industry was beating her up / Then those demons started eating her up / She need a saviour."

Her record label, Columbia, claims to have spent millions on sessions for her unfinished, unreleased second solo album, which supposedly features collaborations with soul legend Ronald Isley and similarly troubled and AWOL neo-soul auteur D'Angelo. In this vacuum, New York label Think Differently has released an unofficial compilation of highlights from her decade of inactivity, Khulami Phase, currently available via Amazon.

The gem among these scraps is Lose Myself, cut for the soundtrack to 2007 kids' cartoon Surf's Up. It boasts a synth-pop fizz with autobiographical lyrics Hill wrote in the shower, describing her anguish these past years as a trial she's having to endure to discover true peace and self-love. It's a powerfully moving track, both bleak and hopeful, suggesting the serenity Hill has been searching for is finally within her reach. But Lose Myself was released three years ago, and still Hill's sophomore album has yet to materialise. And those rumours about Rock the Bells were, sadly, unsubstantiated.

"How did this thing that I love so much so easily and so quickly turn into something I loathe and hate?" she asked rhetorically, in one lucid moment during her 2001 Unplugged performance [...] (source)