The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time. The LP made Lauryn Hill into a musical icon, and it was the first Hip Hop album to win a Grammy for "Album of the Year." Could a long-awaited official follow-up to the classic 1998 project be on the way?
Music producer Phil Nicolo spoke with The Fader. He revealed Lauryn's recent work on Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone is pushing the star closer to a comeback. The compilation album was an accompanying piece to the Netflix Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?
Nicolo has been working with Ms. Hill, and he says the rapper/singer's new work is musical, political, and personal. After a stint in prison and five years of touring, it appears the former Fugees member is in a constructive and creative mind state.
"When she was first getting back into it, there were times when she wasn't as positive," stated Nicolo. "But I think she's in the best place I've ever seen her. She seems happy and very centered. When I see her, her face lights up."
What Happened, Miss Simone? film producer Jayson Jackson echoed Nicolo's current assessment of Ms. Hill. Jackson played a big role in getting the reclusive artist to contribute six songs to Nina Revisited.
"I can say this: I know creating makes her very happy," said Jackson. "I couldn't see her doing as much as she did [on the Simone project] in any state other than happiness."