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As part of their 100th issue celebration, Fader just published a story about Lauryn Hill and the necessity in 2015 for a new body of work from the Fugees legend following her classic 1998 solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Buried in that story is information from Hill’s current producer Phil Nicolo, suggesting that new music could actually be a possibility:
She began touring again five years ago as a way of exercising artistic muscle and financing her recording plans, says Phil Nicolo, one of her current producers and a founder of Ruffhouse, the Fugees’ original label. According to Nicolo, she is closer than ever to finishing the follow-up to Miseducation… He says she’s already built up enough material to release a new album, and that musically, it will harken back to Miseducation. Whereas the few tracks she’s released in recent years feature a stream-of-consciousness that is harsh at times, Nicolo describes this work as “much more musical.” It is political, but also deeply personal, he says. She is drawing “from all of her inputs.”
Of her comeback, Nicolo goes on:
It’s not that she feels like, ‘You can wait for me!’ She wants to be right. She wants to be perfect… I can say this: I know creating makes her very happy.
Though that’s obviously nothing conclusive, it’s always nice to hear that one of a generation’s most influential musicians is working on something new. All we can do now is wait — as we’ve been doing for quite some time.