A New Lauryn Hill Record Might Actually Be Happening After All These Years

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Lauryn Hill performs at One Music Festival (Photo by Victoria Ford for Okayplayer)

It's been a long, long wait, but a brand new Lauryn Hill LP may finally be imminent. Yes, you read that right--completely new, original songs from the Miseducated matron of modern soul is arriving sooner than we could have ever expected.

In a new interview with The Fader, Hill's producer Phil Nicolo, (who's also a co-founder of The Fugees' Ruffhouse label) clarifies that her revitalized touring schedule over recent years has served two vital purposes: inspiring new musical compositions and raising the revenue needed to get back into a proper studio. Nicolo also cites Hill's stellar tribute performances on Nina...Revisited as another wellspring of energy--all of it ups the chances that we'll get a bonafide new record.

But here's the really juicy tidbit that ought to have Lauryn stans clutching their funky R&B pearls:

Nicolo says new music is not so far off. Hill is in the studio with him regularly, working on new music, a process that’s been unpredictable but deeply gratifying. “She has to be given the space and ability to try things,” he says. “Sometimes your immediate impression is: ‘You want to do what?’ But I enjoy working with her more than every other artist.” He says she’s already built up enough material to release a new album, and that musically, it will harken back to Miseducation. Whereas the few tracks she’s released in recent years feature a stream-of-consciousness that is harsh at times, Nicolo describes this work as “much more musical.” It is political, but also deeply personal, he says. She is drawing “from all of her inputs.”

Get all the facts speculations in Fader's full story.