Pusha-T & Lauryn Hill Show What Hip-Hop Sounds Like If They Rule The World

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During the 1990s, outside of her work with The Fugees and a solo career, Lauryn Hill lent her voice to enhance songs by a few elite Rap peers. Nas famously made “If I Ruled The World” with some crooning from Ms. Hill. A year later, Common released one of his most personal songs, “Retrospect For Life,” with Lauryn. In 2006, she made a rare return for Method Man on “Say.”

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However, in the more than 20 years since The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, the singer/MC has been far more private about releasing music. While Drake may have sampled her for a 2018 hit, “Nice For What,” Ms. Hill’s recent collaborations have been few and very far between.

Lauryn recently put in work with one of the most respected MCs of late: Pusha-T. Recently, a song believed to be titled “Coming Home” released between the onetime member of The Fugees and the co-founder of the Clipse.

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Like Lauryn’s handful of ’90s collaborations, “Coming Home” has substance and style. Push’ raps about a lavish lifestyle and a legal double-standard. “Ah, f*ck it, we all poor / Even if you got money, still lookin’ for more / Why am I buyin’ Rollies? I got 20 for sure / Still connect wit’chu, it’s still hid in the drawer / With no J’s on, I’m still lookin’ to score / You see they game is crack, then started wagin’ a w*r / All these lies, they steady tellin’ me / Before Obama, we had Eric B. / Or Tony Lewis out in D.C. / The ’80s kingpin, got it free’d in / All these faces, they ain’t believe in / If no child’s left, then how can we leave them?

In the second verse, Pusha raps with the flare and swagger that was razor sharp on 2018’s Grammy-nominated DAYTONA (named one of Ambrosia For Heads‘ top albums of the year). “I do it for my big Benz drivers / For my street-corner survivors / For my ni**as that miss The Wire / And throwback mommies, that won’t retire / Reminiscin’ on the days / When the trips was Cancun, and the bottles got sprayed / You can’t relate, ’cause you wasn’t there / Nah, you wasn’t hot, let me make it clear / Y’all was breakin’ into cars, we was Breakin’ Bad / When y’all was fightin’ dogs, we was racin’ Jags / This the life for the fast / Ain’t no future, ain’t no past, we won’t worry ’bout the crash.

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Lauryn provides a resonant chorus about the power of love. Push’, who has dismissed choruses on some songs like these, benefits from the evocative lyrics and soulful voice.

In the third verse, Pusha fights for his brand of Rap music. “I’m speakin’ to the soul of my Black native bro’s / Who ain’t get to go to school, like a J. Cole / Who ain’t have a silver spoon, or a bankroll / Who weren’t taught the golden rule, but they made due.” Lauryn closes the song with an expanded sung verse that differs from the chorus.

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This song first leaked in June. Now, G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam Records formally release the song produced by Kanye West, Mike Dean, and Charlie Heat.

In addition to new music from Pusha-T and Lauryn Hill, the official AFH playlist includes songs from Pete Rock’s recent instrumental album (Return Of The SP1200), as well as tracks from Rapsody & Queen Latifah, Little Brother, Nas, Big K.R.I.T., Rick Ross, YBN Cordae, J. Cole, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Duckwrth, Joyner Lucas, Anderson .Paak & André 3000, Billy Danze, Tobe Nwigwe, Conway The Machine, Aaron May, 2 Chainz, Ghostface Killah, Casey Veggies, Westside Gunn, Boogie, Erick Sermon, Eminem, Pharoahe Monch, Che Noir, 38 Spesh, Big Sean, Denzel Curry, GoldLink, Benny The Butcher, Lute, Atmosphere, Masta Ace & Marco Polo, Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz, Drake, Omen, AZ, Wu-Tang Clan, Evidence, and others.