July 2

Lauryn Hill Gets Boos In Oakland

Posted by Brian

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According to San Francisco Chronicle, the public meltdown of Lauryn Hill, which has been apparent for five years, moved further into the realm of the bizarre Wednesday night during a sold out show that began more than two hours late at Oakland‘s Paramount Theatre.

Aural audience response was divided between cheers and boos. Others sat and stood in silence, their mouths agape at what they were hearing and seeing. At one point during the show, the singer tripped and fell, landing flat on her backside. “That’s what I get for wearing high heels,” she said as she rose to her feet. For more on this story click here.

Now I know there was some disucssion on openentrance.com about Lauryn Hill before. What are people’s thoughts now? I’m hoping that sister girl was just having a bad day and this is just the start of her climb back to greatness. That’s my hope. My gut tells me that Ms. Hill’s best days have come and gone.

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6 comments...What do you think?

  1. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by JUstMYwOrD 3rd July, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Hey Rod, whatever happened to objective journalism? I mean if you’re only going to report a third of the story then what’s the point, it’s nothing more than here-say man. You should have more respect for your word than that, this site should be better than that. On the other hand, you’d fit right in at FOX News—selective journalism, gotta love it. Here’s the thing, I’m not going to waste my time explaining the difference between real artists and their fans and industry whores with fair weather groupees, because, judging by the manner in which this story was presented, I’d get better comprehension from a brick wall. I will say this though…Lauryn is accepted and loved abraod, so why are the states so harsh on her music,have our standards changed?..The states gave unplugged a bad reveiw, oversees it was adored and praised, just like her album Miseducation. Now the same fickle bunch who’s been asking and whinning “When is Lauryn gonna make her come back” welcomes her with harsh criticism and misconstrued her words of late and disrespected her when she finally came out of her self proclaimed exile. Ridiculous.

    Granted, the concert didn’t start on time and that was the initial reason for the boos, although there were some others who weren’t happy with the audibility and some of Hill’s comments… I heard the comments she made about her hiatus and can’t understand what everyone was angry about. I agreed totally with what she had to say and wouldn’t have been insulted in the least. I put a link to her explanation below. Tell me if you think what she said was offensive.

    Seems like there were a lot of sound and technical difficulties, and it also seemed like Lauryn’s voice had to warm up a bit, but she was still Lauryn true to form, and I thought that’s what people loved about her music, seems people wouldn’t be expecting perfection as much as they would authenticity—but maybe I’m wrong. In this synthetic, materialistic society, we aren’t looking for artists these days, we don’t want people to be real with us and give us the truth, we merely want a piped piper who will captivate or seduce us with a catchy tune, forget the message, forget the motive, forget the means,…it seems to me that most of you who claim to be so loyal to Hip Hop and understand the whole movement or phenomenon are really a bunch of hypocrites and are also the very reason why Hip Hop has lost it’s positive message. Those of you who think Hip Hop wasn’t about a positive message and a creative way of letting our otherwise muffled voice be heard in society, need to take a second look at it’s origin. Hip Hop was about us as a people, being real, and Lauryn wants to remain real, she’s not going to conform to any other image that someone trys to project for her just for the sake of glitz and glamour, I don’t blame her for moving away from hip hop and doing new things–I have respect for her as an artist, and wish the rest of the industry whores and their like minded fans would grow up, get a clue, and have some integrity when it comes to what we call music and who we call an artist.

    Here’s that link I mentioned on the Oakland concert and some of the comments I saw from people who were at the concert….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhMbs3H4p7A

    In response to what Lauryn said about her leave..) “Hill had drawn a line in the sand. With many of the disgruntled customers now gone, she continued on to no further boos…”

    Another commentator–
    “..I would be pissed too if I had paid $100 to see the show..but it wound up being very good..her voice warmed up and she connected with the audience. She sang a new song, Fugee La, How Many Mics, Killing Me Softly. By the end, we were all up front dancing and singing with Ms. Hill…too bad ya didn’t stay..”

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  2. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by Pras Rips Lauryn Hill In Billboard Magazine - www.openentrance.com - What’s Really Going On 20th July, 2007 at 5:01 am

    [...] not just us that thinks Lauryn Hill has totally lost it, her former group member is saying the same thing. There was a lot of hype and [...]

  3. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by kathy 15th April, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I don’t care what neone says….Lauryn Hill is still the greatest female rapper/singer there ever was. People think that because she left the scene and maybe had a couple bad days that she’s crazy. If you listen to the Unplugged ablum you would see that she has changed for the better, and has given her life to christ. I’m tired of hearing peopl edown talk her. She’s down with the foolishness of the music industry. I respecter so much and I always will. Get off her back!

  4. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by kathy 15th April, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    done with the foolishness*

  5. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by eduardo 28th July, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    te amo eres la negrita mas linda que e visto en mi vida un beso para ti.