Last week news broke that Lauryn Hill had a fit at the House Of Blues in Chicago when a fan was disgruntled with the R&B singer showing up late to the show. Last night (July 28) at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, Ms. Hill was indeed late again—original set time was 9:45 p.m. but she didn’t come on stage until 10:20 p.m.—however fans waited patiently to see the once in a lifetime performer do what she does best and she did not disappoint.
With a lively band backing her, Hill’s performance was well worth the money and more. Brooklyn Bowl was packed as fans stood shoulder-to-shoulder. However, no one cared as soon as L. Boogie started singing. She did a Reggae-inspired version of “Killing Me Softly” then followed up with “Everything is Everything” and “Zion” sending the audience into a frenzy. She continued with “Lost One” and “Ex-Factor,” which was a crowd favorite as they sang the song word-for-word. At 11:15 p.m. she walked backstage while the stage crew set up part two of her performance.
Out came Hill ten minutes later, now with acoustic guitar. She hypnotized the crowd as she sang “Mr. Intentional,” “Adam Lives In Theory,” “Jerusalem,” “I Get Out,” “Just Like Water” and “Turn Your Lights Down Low.” In remembrance of her time with The Fugees, Hill performed hits from their iconic album The Score like ”Zealots,” “How Many Mics,” “Fu-Gee-La” and “Ready Or Not.” It was a sight to see. She paid tribute to Bob Marley and performed his hits such as “Jammin’” and ”Is This Love” to the enjoyment of the crowd.
Two hours later, with 80% of the crowd still present, Lauryn Hill thanked Brooklyn again for coming out and her band for performing with her. Hill’s final song was “Doo Wop (That Thing).” She even spliced in a freestyle over Drake’s “Draft Day” in the middle of her performance. Fans roared as she left the stage, applauding for over five minutes. Ms. Lauryn Hill, thank you for an unforgettable experience.