As of late Lauryn Hill has been in the hot seat due to her lack of compassion and selfish needs when it comes to her fans.
At the top of the month many Houstonians crowded the Revention Music Center floor, where the artist gave an exceptional performance. Considering that I had attended a set of hers two years prior, I expected Lauryn Hill to be late; however I knew she would make-up for it by putting on a kick-ass show. Per usual, Ms. Hill was indeed a couple of hours late as I expected. What calmed me, was this time she saw fit for an opener to serenade the audience. A local musician by the name of Kristal Cherelle assisted in introducing fans to a magical evening. Her lyrics told stories of current/past soul mates and the reality of temptation most of us know to well.
The songstress performed several records and closed the night with a track entitled, “Garden of Eden.” This song illustrates the journey one can take when falling into temptation while being tied to someone else. Her acoustic performance was the perfect segue to opening for the Queen of Educated Rap.
Lauryn opened with a sit down performance, singing “Ex-factor.” Throughout the set she used African and Jamaican style beats that completely altered the tempo of her songs. Coming from an artist such as herself, I thoroughly enjoyed the remixing of classic hits. However, at the closing of the concert I did feel cheated. The sound engineers lack of preparation did trigger an attitude within the entertainer, and she was late, and yes she did open sitting down, ALL things I had over-looked. How she closed, was what pissed me off. As a fan who waited hours for her, I felt disrespected. Instead of properly closing the set, she said a few words, and ran off stage. I was unimpressed with her antics and shocked that she literally ran off the stage. There was no proper closing.
Comparing her overall performance, and exit from the last time, I did feel cheated. How dare you just leave without making sure your fans are satisfied? After we waited so long for you. Days following the concert I read articles of her arriving hours late to a show and for one city not even attending. Ma’am -_-! What’s the big idea here, like seriously? It just boils my blood. Consider that the concert here in Houston was held on a Sunday night, a work night and I waited. That’s dedication! I couldn’t imagine attending a show and she just decides not to show up at all.
And to that post on Facebook, sharing the reasoning to your past actions for arriving late, save it. I am over celebrities who feel entitled and put themselves on the highest of pedestals. Calm down, it’s never that deep. I understand work can be tiresome and audio may fail, but as a entertainer your job is never finished until your fans have been fulfilled from your commitment. From one creative to another, that was a terrible stunt to pull Ms. Hill. Not only did fans not receive what they paid for, but the set was short lived or never happened. Disappointed and heart-broken is an understatement.
To think one of the soul reasons I feel in love with her music was because my aunt blasted her record daily for me as child. To put out ONE solo album and be able to tour off the success of it is monumental. However, not honoring and respecting your fans enough to give them a grand show is upsetting.