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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: A Closer Look at Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

Earworm Weekly: A Closer Look at Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

In 1998, Lauryn Hill released her first solo album, one that would become a landmark in both the hip-hop and neo-soul genres. She also unleashed a gigantic earworm that reverberates to this day. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” was the…
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Music, All Shook Down High Five: A Handful of New Songs From Danny Brown, Lauryn Hill, and More That You Need To Hear

High Five: A Handful of New Songs From Danny Brown, Lauryn Hill, and More That You Need To Hear

There's a teetering combustibility inherent in this week's selections. Consider the impending virality of Mapei's stunning "Don't Wait;" the brooding melodicism of Papa; and Danny Brown's well-grounded boasts. Each artist, in his or her own way, appears on the brink…
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Music, All Shook Down Nas Outshines Lauryn Hill at the Fox Oakland, 11/19/12

Nas Outshines Lauryn Hill at the Fox Oakland, 11/19/12

Lauryn Hill Nas Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: An actual meltdown. Lauryn Hill doesn't have the best track record in Oakland. In 2007 she came to the Paramount Theatre with a band that included some of…
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Music, All Shook Down Lauryn Hill Announces Intimate Show This Weekend at the Independent

Lauryn Hill Announces Intimate Show This Weekend at the Independent

Gotta love Lauryn Hill's penchant for last-minute announcements. The beloved and mercurial R&B singer will be in town next week for a show Nov. 19 at the Fox Oakland with Nas, but that won't be her only local appearance: Hill…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 8/25/12: The '80s Babies and Their New Faves Rule Rock The Bells

Live Review, 8/25/12: The '80s Babies and Their New Faves Rule Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 Shoreline Amphitheatre Better than: Partying with your own demographic Rock The Bells is the only annual hip-hop festival to manage the difficult feat of attracting a truly diverse and multi-generational crowd. In its…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/16/12: Lauryn Hill Leads a Rollercoaster of a Night at the Warfield

Live Review, 2/16/12: Lauryn Hill Leads a Rollercoaster of a Night at the Warfield

Lauryn Hill Feb. 16, 2012 The Warfield Better than: Almost anyone else who had a hit record in 1998 performing it in 2012, probably. For the last decade, loving Lauryn Hill has been a little like being in an emotionally…
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Music, All Shook Down Bump & Grind: The Top Five Pregnant Performances

Bump & Grind: The Top Five Pregnant Performances

What the hell is up with the tabloids and pregnancies? Usually when a lady celebrity has so much as a big lunch, or gets photographed from a bad angle, they announce that an offspring is probably imminent. And here's Beyonce…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Lauryn Hill might have delivered the encore of the summer at the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival this weekend: After performing all of her 1998 debut, she came back to do a bunch of great old Fugees songs.…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Lauryn Hill Delivers the Encore of the Summer at Rock The Bells

Saturday: Lauryn Hill Delivers the Encore of the Summer at Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells August 27, 2011 @Shoreline Ampitheatre Better than: Not getting to wander among four stages of music. Live hip-hop festival Rock the Bells returned to the Bay Area for the fourth time this past Saturday. This year's…
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Music, All Shook Down Rock the Bells Brings Classic Debuts from Lauryn Hill, Souls of Mischief, Nas, and More to the Stage

Rock the Bells Brings Classic Debuts from Lauryn Hill, Souls of Mischief, Nas, and More to the Stage

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Rock the Bells: Among the more than 30 musical acts appearing across four stages at the annual Rock the Bells Festival this weekend, nearly one-third are seasoned artists who plan to perform their…
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Music, Rock the Bells Brings Classic Hip-Hop Debuts to the Stage

Rock the Bells Brings Classic Hip-Hop Debuts to the Stage

Among the more than 30 musical acts appearing across four stages at the annual Rock the Bells Festival this weekend, nearly one-third are seasoned artists who plan to perform their debut albums in their entirety. Most of these records were…
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Music, All Shook Down Lauryn Hill Is Playing a One-Off Tribute to Bob Marley In S.F. Next Week

Lauryn Hill Is Playing a One-Off Tribute to Bob Marley In S.F. Next Week

Last month it was a regular ol' concert at the Warfield, followed a day later by a crazy last-minute late-night show with Dave Chappelle in Oakland. And next week Lauryn Hill comes back to the Bay Area for something…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Duran Duran caused an epic line at the Fillmore for its pre-Coachella show Saturday night. Inside the estrogen bath, amid howling fans, we remembered how amazing the band's Thatcher-era pop is. Reasons we're glad we missed Coachella: Pretentiousness, snotty…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night's Lauryn Hill and Dave Chappelle Show Was Every Bit the Crazy Last-Minute Idea it Seemed

Last Night's Lauryn Hill and Dave Chappelle Show Was Every Bit the Crazy Last-Minute Idea it Seemed

Everyone's been asking us today: How is it that a Lauryn Hill/Dave Chappelle show actually happened last night, anyway? And, frankly we wondered ourselves -- all we saw beforehand were the announcement Tweets like the rest of you. Being the…
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Music, All Shook Down Lauryn Hill and Dave Chappelle Drop a Surprise Late-Night Show on Oakland

Lauryn Hill and Dave Chappelle Drop a Surprise Late-Night Show on Oakland

Lauryn Hill and Dave Chappelle April 13, 2011 (Actually April 14) @ The New Parish, Oakland Better than: A good night's sleep When the news hit Twitter Wednesday afternoon, it seemed like a prank: Lauryn Hill and Dave Chappelle had…
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Music, All Shook Down The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

Don't want to travel south for the three-day festival of the sunburn? Well, fine: Most of the biggest and best draws at Coachella are hitting the Bay Area over the next few weeks anyway. Here's a guide to whom to…
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Music, All Shook Down Photos: Rock the Bells at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Photos: Rock the Bells at Shoreline Amphitheatre

It was quite a helluva lineup at yesterday's Rock the Bells concert at Shoreline: Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, and other hip-hop titans, with many performing classic albums in their entirety. Photographer Christopher Victorio was there for the party,…
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Music, All Shook Down Hey DJ! Friday Q&A w/  DJ D Sharp (Lyrics Born, Lauryn Hill, Quannum)

Hey DJ! Friday Q&A w/ DJ D Sharp (Lyrics Born, Lauryn Hill, Quannum)

DJ D Sharp can hang with the big names--spinning at Dwayne Wade's birthday party, or as part of Kanye West's and Lauryn Hill's performances. But when he's not keeping the celebs happy at home or touring the world, he also…
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Calendar, Night&Day Softly, Sweetly

Softly, Sweetly

You can have "Killing Me Softly with His Song." Roberta Flack's most famous song is a grand treasure, a thing of beauty, and an artwork that makes us proud to be American. And maybe it's blasphemy to say anything even…
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Music, MF Doom: Echoes of Lauryn Hill

MF Doom: Echoes of Lauryn Hill

Will the real MF Doom please show up? That was the prevailing sentiment about the indie rap star after his scheduled Sept. 18 appearance at the Independent. At 8:30 that evening, staffers say, they were informed Doom never even got…
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