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
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minSinger-songwriter-performer Macy Grays unique voice is instantly recognizable as one of the most distinctive in all of pop music. Gray earned a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her 1999 hit single, I Try, which also received nominations for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Her debut album On How Life Is went on to sell more than 7 million copies worldwide.
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.
Runtime: 52 minRecorded in 1992, this unforgettable performance features Mariah backed by an all-star band in the most intimate of settings. Included are the #1 hits “Emotions,” “Someday” and the Jackson 5 classic “I’ll Be There” featuring Trey Lorenz.
Live From Philadelphia
Runtime: 2 hr 10 minLive from Philadelphia further cements John Legend's reputation as a great live performer. The album features 19 soulful performances including tracks from Legend’s first two albums and a duet with Corinne Bailey Rae on "Where Is The Love."
Live in the USA
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minThis DVD features En Vogue - Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis & Amanda Cole - in a concert they gave in Birmingham, Alabama in December of 2002 during which they performed their most popular songs, including their six US Top Ten hits. These include Hold On, My Lovin' and Don't Let Go - each of which made #2 in the U.S. charts, as well as an eleven-minute version of Giving Him Something He Can Feel. Sophisticated, stylish, sultry and sexy, En Vogue were the most successful girl group of the Nineties, notching up a string of hit singles around the world and amassing album sales in excess of eight million. Carrying on the girl group tradition popularized by such Sixties groups as The Supremes and The Ronettes, En Vogue owe a lot of their success to their skilful blending of contemporary R & B with elements of hip-hop, which gave them credibility with hip club and dance audiences. This DVD is perfect evidence of their raw talent to entertain.
Bring Me Home: Live 2011
Runtime: 2 hr 32 minThis musical release from exotic siren Sade captures a live performance by the songstress, recorded in 2011. Some of the songs featured in the release include "Soldier of Love," "Your Love is King," "Love Is Stronger Than Pride," "All About Our Love," and more.
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.
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.
The Day She Came to Dingle
Runtime: 59 minRecorded in December 2006 in a tiny church located in the south west corner of Ireland, the town of Dingle played host to Amy whilst she recorded the show for Irish TV music series Other Voices. Amy delivered an electrifying 20 minute live performance to a crowd of 85 in the tiny St James's Church, with acoustic performances of songs from her 'Back To Black' Album. In the revealing interview Amy spoke of her musical influences such as Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles and the Shangri-Las and how she came to love jazz music.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.”