As a member of crossover rap trio the Fugees, Lauryn Hill probably grabbed more than her fair share of attention at the time, striking quivers in the hearts of music-lovers everywhere with her achingly beautiful rendition of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly." But it wasn't until her 1998 solo effort The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill that Hill's remarkable talent for meshing hip-hop, R&B, and classic soul fully came to light. Blessed with a velvety, honeyed voice and an instinctive feel for catchy, soulful grooves, Miseducation had a hit hiding in every track. While not as musically complex as some other contemporary R&B, the album struck a chord with millions of listeners. Urban themes and female empowerment met middle-class nostalgia head-on amidst equal parts Stevie Wonder, Coasters, and original, fresh hip-hop flows. No wonder a raft of talented colleagues couldn't wait to collaborate with Hill: Miseducation sees duets with Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo, and guitar licks by the likes of Carlos Santana on the heartbreaking ballad "Zion."
Lauryn Hill Concert Films
In Session Soundcheck 2006
Runtime: 19 minKeyshia Cole grew up listening to her mentor Tupac Shakur and Mary J. Blige as her greatest musical inspirations. In this intimate live performance we get the chance to go behind the curtains and enjoy the most appreciated songs performed live.
The Making of a Legend
Runtime: 48 minThis film features the story this incredibly talented artist who, at just 28 years of age, has taken the world by storm. With five Grammy awards, two studio albums and a new label, the amazing musician is living up to his name. A composer, singer, and song-writer, Legend is an all around musician. With the help of an Award winning hip-hop producer Kanye West, Legend has risen from the background musical scene to a multi-platinum selling music career, as a front man for entertainers such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, Jay Z, Britney Spears, Eve, Common, the Black Eyed Peas and many others. Get to know Mr. Legend from his place of birth, his family, and his relationships to his controversy. He is an artist, a businessman; it would be safe to say he is a legend in the making. This is an in depth look into the life that is John Legend's.
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 29 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
Live at Roseland: Elements of 4
Runtime: 2 hr 13 minThis live concert performance from international superstar Beyonce features an extensive set list including fan favorites Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), Survivor, Bootylicious, and much more.
The Final Goodbye
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minThe Last Goodbye is an intimate look into the life and times of Amy Winehouse. This in-depth program chronicles her rise to pop superstardom and also offers a sensitive portrayal of a transformative star and the inner demons that inspired her work and eventually caused her untimely death. Her battle with addiction and her courtship with self destruction were well documented through the press. Even her troubled relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil was played out in front of British Media. But despite this backdrop, Amy Winehouse will be remembered for her unique song writing style fusing R & B, soul and jazz influences sang through a deep contralto vocal. The 'Back to Black' album symbolised her huge success at this time which led to an astonishing 5 Grammy awards- 'the most wins by a female artist in a single night'. This insightful programme is a definitive testimonial to an incredible music icon covering the start of her career up until her death.
Live From the Kennedy Center
Runtime: 52 minWhen Nas was just 19 years old, he composed what would become one of hip-hop’s defining masterpieces, Illmatic. To mark its 20th anniversary, Nas delivers a standout performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. With conductor Steven Reineke taking the orchestra through arrangements of beats by DJ Premier and Large Professor, Nas delivers impassioned renditions of tracks like “N.Y. State of Mind”, “The World Is Yours”, and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)”. Between songs, the program cuts away to both archival and new interview footage to document Nas’ rise from Queensbridge upstart to influential rap icon.
Live in Atlanta
Runtime: 2 hr 35 minDestiny's Child's Live In Atlanta serves as a dazzling chronicle of their final tour together. See the hits-"Survivor," "Say My Name," "Lose My Breath"-alongside killer solo performances by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Live at the Gramercy Theater 2014
Runtime: 60 minLonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer. He maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. This intimate live performance gives the fans the chance to see him perform live at Gramercy Theater.
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minAfter two concept albums and a string of roles in Hollywood blockbusters, one of music’s fiercest visionaries sheds her alter egos and steps out as herself. Buckle up: Human Monáe wields twice the power of any sci-fi character. In this confessional, far-reaching triumph, she dreams of a world in which love wins (“Pynk") and women of color have agency (“Django Jane”). Featuring guest appearances from Brian Wilson, Grimes, and Pharrell—and bearing the clear influence of Prince, Monae’s late mentor—Dirty Computer is as uncompromising and mighty as it is graceful and fun. “I’m the venom and the antidote,” she wails in “I Like That,” a song about embracing these very contradictions. “Take a different type of girl to keep the whole world afloat.”
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minAlicia Keys: Unplugged captures the singer performing without the benefit of electric instruments. The setlist includes "If I Was Your Woman," "If I Ain't Got You," "Heartburn," and "Unbreakable," "Wild Horses," "You Don't Know My Name," and "How Come You Don't Call Me."
In Session Soundcheck 2009
Runtime: 32 minAward-winning singer/songwriter India Arie marries romance and politics in her fourth album. This amazing live performance at Soundcheck mesmerizes with a stirring set, that includes the singles 'Chocolate High,' 'Therapy,' and a stunning Sade cover.