Nicki Minaj Cries, Bows To Her Knees While Praising Ms. Lauryn Hill
Saturday night's Tidal X: 1015 was a huge display of girl power with its woman-heavy lineup. And after the show, Nicki Minaj, the current wearer of the best femcee crown, graciously paid homage to her predecessor, Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Both lyricists performed at Tidal X: 1015, a show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City - and streamed on Tidal - to raise money for the Robin Hood Foundation. Minaj, Hill, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and others rounded out perhaps the best lineup of women in any concert this year. And when Hill was walking toward Minaj backstage, Minaj fell to her knees, overwhelmed with emotion while meeting one of her idols.
"I'm in love with you, with your spirit, your mind, everything about you," she sobbed before hugging Hill. In two Instagram posts, she would speak about her appreciation in even more detail.
"Excuse me while I have an outer body experience. Shaking, crying, a MESS!!!! This lady is the reason. Omg. The QUEEN. Goddess! The epitome! The bar! The *faints*," she wrote. Ms Lauryn Hill told me to keep "spitting dat fire." Is this real life!????"
"I quoted her in my HS YEARBOOK!!!!!" she added in another post, where the two posed for a photo together.
It's been a long time since The Fugees' The Score or The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, but Ms. Hill has come back into the music industry spotlight this year. She's currently on her Diaspora Calling tour around the United States with the likes of Nas, Kehlani, NoName and Little Simz as scattered special guests. Her voice from the Fugees song "Fu-Gee-La" was also sampled on "Nas Album Done," a single from DJ Khaled's new album Major Key.
The video is a special moment, not only for Minaj, but for music fans who appreciate the important role that Hill would have for a generation of woman rappers and musicians that would come after her.