This January, Ms. Lauryn Hill sold out a show at Atlanta’s Center Stage. She came out after midnight, three hours after the announced start time, then instructed her band to speed up, making her golden oldies unrecognizable. Fans booed and left en masse.
Now, the 35 year old mother-of-many is back in Atlanta and wants people to come again. She released a modern-love apology via twitpic, promising the debacle can/will be “easily rectified” and invoking Nicki Minaj to evidence her mettle and sincerity:
Nicki’s Pink Friday sold 375,000 copies the first week out, the most copies a female rappers sold in one week since Lauryn Hill moved 422,624 units of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill during it’s debut week in 1998. Minaj’s record is platinum now and still climbing—as of 3/20, 1,239,000 copies sold in the US alone. How gnarly is it that it took 12 years for Minaj to join Ms. Hill and diversify the canon of great, well-received feminist rap records? Nice that Lauryn now so warmly acknowledges her.