Lauryn Hill silenced critics with her performance on Tuesday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn ahead of a three-month jail stint for tax evasion.
After an opening DJ set by artist Q-Tip, who spun songs by artists such as LL Cool J and Drake, the soulful 37-year-old Grammy Award-winner sang most of her groundbreaking album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," which debuted 15 years ago.
From “Doo Wop (That Thing)" to “Lost Ones,” Hill wowed the audience and had them in a frenzy, while backed by a ten-piece band, belting out such hits as "Ready or Not" from the Fugee's second album called “The Score,” released in 1996.
On her Facebook page, Hill said on May 10 that she decided to do the last-minute show to peform live her new song “NS (Neurotic Society).” The single, which she debuted toward the end of the show, was seemingly a hit with her core fans.
The evening's most poignant moment, however, may have been when she started to sing about her upcoming jail sentence. “I don’t fear” she sang repeatedly as the crowd screamed in support of the talented superstar, who cried before continuing her performance.
The show may have been Hill’s last concert before she heads to jail for failing to pay taxes on $2.3 million in income over a five-year period. Hill is to report to prison by July 8.