Lauryn Hill – Unplugged 2.0 (2002)

This is one of those performances that leaves me utterly speechless. But, really, what can I say? Lauryn Hill was completely barenaked in this piece, exposed and open for the world to see. She wasn’t the pop star or R&B starlet that sold over a million copies of her debut. She was simply Lauryn, a woman with a guitar and a voice, creaking and rocking with heartache and honesty.

The performance was so powerful, her emotion so raw, it prompted Kanye West to actually sample a never before released song, “The Mystery of Iniquity.” With words as mighty as weapons, Lauryn Hill went on an emotional tirade and released her soul on to the audience, providing them an experience I’m sure they’d never had before… and probably not ever since. Truly, this is one of the most incredible performances it’s ever been my pleasure to witness.


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