Inspired Hip-Hop

Lauryn Hill, Nas, and friends to flow at The Greek on Nov. 4.


The Greek Theatre will be alive with hip-hop when Lauryn Hill, Nas, Seun Kuti, and Kehlani perform on Nov. 4.

Hip-hop musician, songwriter, and actress Lauryn Hill is known for her smooth-flow rhymes, Afro-Caribbean influenced melodies, and raw honesty. Her one studio album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, touched a chord with listeners with its unvarnished take on Hill’s experience as a woman in the music industry while also reflecting on wider themes of faith and love. In August, Hill began her MLH Caravan Tour: Diaspora Calling!, in which she performs with diverse artists of African descent from Africa, the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. Hill wanted to bring these unique voices together on the stage to celebrate the art and culture created throughout the African diaspora even during an increasingly fractured and tumultuous period in history.

At the Greek Theatre, Hill takes to the stage with platinum-selling hip-hop artist and occasional collaborator Nas. A force in his own right, Nas is known for his outsized personality and highly publicized feud with rapper Jay Z, but also for his evocative, biting lyricism and straight talk about life on the street. 

Together, these two worked together in 1993 to create the catchy but deceptively poignant tune “If I Ruled The World.”  See what they have cooked up this time, when they will also be performing with friends Nigerian afrobeat great Seun Kuti (the youngest son of Fela Kuti) and Kehlani, Oakland’s own R&B and hip-hop singer-songwriter.

Nov. 4, 6 p.m. $150-$588.  The Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley.

Published online on Oct. 31, 2016 at 8 a.m.

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