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Season 2 Teaser: Ms. Lauryn Hill

February 2, 2022

Season 2 Teaser: Ms. Lauryn Hill

Ms. Lauryn Hill, the singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, poet, actress, mother, and social activist. Her music and life have been imbued with a spiritual foundation founded on love. Love for Lauryn is the place where her own justice and freedom have blossomed and love is what drives her to fight for the salvation and emancipation of all people. Join the hosts, Lauryn Hill scholar, Krystal Roberts, and Hip Hop scholar, Matt Linder, as well as hip hop academics and musicians as they explore the spiritual underpinnings of Lauryn Hill’s music.

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Transcript:

Lauryn Hill 00:00

God showed me I can sing songs about love. I can sing songs about me and those people enjoy those songs. But when they're desperately, desperately in need of help. What will my music do? How will it help them? Will it redeem them, save them, will it fight that battle for them. You know, it's just a song.

Lauryn Hill 00:25 

Ultimately, I had to lose myself in order to love me better, in order to love others better. As far as I'm concerned, I'm crazy and deranged. As for all y'all know, I'm crazy and deranged. We could look at, uh, you know, one human being, but it's about the spirit of freedom being taken out and how it's taken out in all of us.

Lauryn Hill 00:48

And that's what all these songs about this problem, cause, and solution. Free your mind. 

Transcript
Lauryn Hill:

God showed me I can sing songs about love. I can sing songs about me and those people enjoy those songs. But when they're desperately, desperately in need of help. What will my music do? How will it help them? Will it redeem them, save them, will it fight that battle for them. You know, it's just a song.

Lauryn Hill:

Ultimately, I had to lose myself in order to love me better, in order to love others better. As far as I'm concerned, I'm crazy and deranged. As for all y'all know, I'm crazy and deranged. We could look at, uh, you know, one human being, but it's about the spirit of freedom being taken out and how it's taken out in all of us.

Lauryn Hill:

And that's what all these songs about this problem, cause, and solution. Free your mind.

About the Podcast

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Thematic explorations of the spiritual in music.

About your hosts

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Krystal Roberts

I'm Krystal. I'm in love with language, artistic expression, and opportunities to learn and grow while helping others do the same. I've been a spoken word artist, graduated from art school, published poetry in Educational Psychology, deeply pondered and written about Lauryn Hill, taught college freshmen how to write, and worked in corporate America on and off for the last 17 years to put my business degree to use. It's been a journey. Fun. Scary. Dark. Exhilarating. Confusing. In short, it's been everything.
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Matthew Linder

I'm Matt. I am obsessed with music and especially hip hop. I love exploring the intersections of race and religion in rap. I have a Masters in Music History and Literature and I have several published academic articles exploring musicians such as Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and early Christian Hip Hop pioneers, Gospel Gangstaz. I also do work as a freelance podcast producer/editor, co-producing Christianity Today's Quick to Listen podcast with Morgan Lee, and worked as a podcast engineer/editor for We Wonder, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, and Prayer Amid Pandemic. The latter podcast won a first-place award from the Evangelical Press Association.