Lauryn Hill’s new album is closer than you think. Yes. That’s right. After nearly 20 years of waiting, hoping and crying ourselves to sleep, it looks like the follow-up to 1998’s amazing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill may actually happening. One of Lauryn’s producers, Phil Nicolo, says that the former Fugees star has recorded enough songs for a new album and what he’s heard is “much more musical.” Comebacks can either be a hit—pun intended—or downright terrible and Lauryn’s track record (and behavior) is unpredictable, to say the least. Before we plan our comeback dance parties, here’s what we definitely hope aren’t on Lauryn Hill’s new album.
We love Lauryn’s social consciousness. It’s what helped propel tracks like The Fugees’ “Ready or Not” and her solo “Doo Wop (That Thing).” But recently, her message has been lost when she performs in rapid-fire stream-of-consciousness like “Neurotic Society.”
2. Wyclef Jean
Yeah. We said it. We don’t want a Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill reunion. We all know they made beautiful music once and he broke her heart (and inspired emo classics like “Ex Factor”) but melding these fiery artists on one track sounds like a bad idea.
3. Rohan Marley
On the topic of famous hookups, when Lauryn linked with Bob Marley’s son, Rohan, she joined a musical family tree of Ziggy, Damian and Julian. We loved her take on Bob’s famous “Redemption Song.” Lauryn and Rohan broke up in 2011 after what she called a “long and complex” relationship, and given their current status, we’d prefer a Marley-free album.
4. Forever Young
When legendary artists make a comeback, they often try to gain relevance by hopping on the hot musical trends of the moment. Usually, the result is a disaster. Do we really want to hear Lauryn Hillwith Auto-Tune or on a trap beat or twerking with Miley Cyrus? Nope, nope and nope-shoot-us-now.
5. Collaboration with Drake
Speaking of trends, in 2015, everyone wants a song with Drake. The kid makes hits and he’s attracted singers like Beyonce and Mary J. Blige for good reason—even Madonna crammed her tongue down his throat--but that doesn’t mean we want to hear Lauryn and 6 God on this album.
6. Overdone Covers
Is it just us or is everyone and their mama covering Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” as of late? Incredible song, but if Lauryn wants to remake a classic we’d prefer something off the beaten path that shows her creativity and unique style.