Lauryn Hill Shows She’s Somebody To Nas & The World
Last night (August 11), Hip-Hop culture took over Yankee Stadium. There, a host of legends performed songs in the same Bronx borough that is credited with birthing Hip-Hop as Heads know it, 50 years ago this weekend. Kool Herc and his sister Cynthia Campbell were part of the festivities. It was Herc’s August 11, 1973 back to school jam in the rec center of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue that marks the milestone for the culture.
In addition to Herc and Cindy, Public Enemy, EPMD, Grandmaster Flash, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Slick Rick, Doug. E Fresh, Lil Wayne, Common, Kid Capri, Roxanne Shanté, Too Short, Lupe Fiasco, Method Man, T.I., Grandmaster Caz, Rev Run, Jermaine Dupri, Jaz-O, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Wiz Khalifa, Mysonne, Trina, and Clark Kent, and Chuck Chillout were among attendees. Yankees Derek Jeter was also in attendance.
Ambrosia For Heads attended the event. During the concert, Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill reunited on stage to perform “Nobody.” The song from 2021’s Grammy-nominated King’s Disease II album by Nas and Hit-Boy marked a true return to rapping for L-Boogie. At the time, AFH contended Hill’s verse to be the best of that year—25 calendars after “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That),” the pair’s It Was Written, collaboration.
Lauryn and Nas have toured together in the last decade. Fresh off of his and Hit’s Magic 2 album, Nas honored all aspects of his legacy. Mass Appeal was a producer of the Hip Hop 50 event at Yankees Stadium. In June, Lauryn headlined The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. AFH was in attendance as she brought out surprise guests Wyclef Jean and Pras for what many expect to be the final Fugees concert for decades.
#BonusBeat: New music by Nas and Hit-Boy currently appears on the AFH playlist: