Lalah Hathaway on 'The Real': 'Ghetto Boy' Snoop Dogg Performance & Fraternity Hat Details
When you blend the soulful sounds of Lalah Hathaway with the West Coast, laid-back vibe of Snoop Dogg, you get a song that speaks to the heart of the streets, and tells the story of survival. That song is "Ghetto Boy" and the two recently performed it live on the FOX daytime talk show The Real.
On Monday, May 23, the hosts of The Real -- Loni Love; Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Baillon, Jeannie Mai and Tamar Braxton -- sat back along with their live studio audience to witness the performance of Hathaway, Snoop and Terrace Martin on saxaphone, as reported by EUR. The trio took center stage to deliver the smooth and soulful cover of "Ghetto Boy," a single off of Hathaways's latest album, Lalah Hathaway Live; and an original of her late father's, Donny Hathaway.
The album, which is available now, features 15 live covers of Hathaway's most memorable and adored songs from the very beginning of her career. The music beautifully reveals how much a great of vocalist she is on singles like, the Anita Baker cover of "Angel" and "Mirror." Hathaway is set to take the stage at the 2016 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans to perform some of these great classics off of her album, and will undoubtedly cover some of her father's classics as well, whom she credits for inspiring the live album, according to BET.
Donny Hathaway died in 1979 while Lalah was only a child but, she hangs on to his memory and legacy through his music and other belongings of his that she still has. One of his items recently caused a bit of a stir for Hathaway, after posing in one of her father's hats, and posting it on Instagram. During her interview on The Real, Hathaway explained why that photo of her wearing her father's hat was so frowned upon.
"...Clearly I'm not in a fraternity," explained Hathaway of the photo posted to Instagram of her wearing an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hat, that was given to her mother in memory of her father. "He loved this thing so much that I put it on my head and took a picture of it and I had no idea the scandal that it would cause."
Hathaway caused so much of a commotion within the fraternity for wearing a hat that only her father, as a member, had rights to wear. One comment from an Alpha fraternity member put it all in perspective for Hathaway and non-members when he wrote, "I'm sorry Lalah, but this isn't yours to choose to wear. Bro. Hathaway belonged to a fraternity, something we all took oaths to uphold, and regardless of anyone's connection to it, if you're not a member, you don't have a right to the privileges."
Hathaway expressed her sincerest apologies to all who were offended by how she chose to express her love for her father. But, one thing she never has to apologize for, and that's her rendition of his music. Watch the performance below and purchase the album here.