The music world has been waiting on a new Lauryn Hill album for a long time; ever since her smash solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was released in 1998 and went on to win five Grammys in one night. In the Fader 100th celebration issue both her producer and an associate promise a follow-up album in the feature on Hill.
She is touted as one of the generation's most influential artists and fans would die at the prospect of a complete collection of new material. However, the enormous success of her first album ultimately turned the singer-songwriter into a recluse and away from the spotlight.
Lauryn Hill recently participated in the tribute album Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone and is a featured artist on six tracks. The tribute album was released alongside What Happened Miss Simone?, which is a Netflix documentary about the infamous soul singer. Nina Simone is often labeled the "High Priestess of Soul" and was a civil rights activist as well as a singer and pianist.
"The Nina Simone experience pushed her hand in a way," the documentary's producer Jayson Jackson said according to Fader, "I can say this: I know creating makes her very happy. I couldn't see her doing as much as she did on the Simone project in any state other than happiness."
In the Fader story on Hill, Ruffhouse Records founder and producer Phil Nicolo described her new album as "Much more musical, it's deeply personal. It's not like she feels 'You can wait for me! She wants it to be right. She wants it to be perfect."