Hear the Greatness of Nina Simone as Interpreted by Lauryn Hill, Common, Mary J. Blige & More (Album Stream)
Later this week (7/10), RCA will release Nina Revisited…A Tribute to Nina Simone, celebrating one of the most enigmatic and acclaimed voices of the last century. Ahead of the album, NPR has made a full stream of the album available, via its First Listen series.
Ms. Simone’s reach extended to Hip-Hop, with her music having been sampled by several artists, including Common and Kanye West. Lauryn Hill also credits her as one of her biggest influences, and Ms. Hill is featured on six songs from the album. Other artists who participated on the project include Usher, Common, Jazmine Sullivan, Mary J. Blige and Lalah Hathaway. Producers Robert Glasper and Peter Edge are also among those who contributed to the compilation.
As was the case with Simone’s music, the album is a collection of both some of the love songs and protest songs that embodied her catalog. For a full review of the album, take a look at NPR’s comprehensive examination.