Last month Lauryn Hill made her first late night appearance in years for Bob Marley Week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and she must have had a great experience with the show, because she was back last night to play her classic single “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The very pregnant Hill showed no signs of flagging energy as she and her band (without any need of help from The Roots, even) blasted through a slightly sped-up version of the song. We don’t want to add more weight to the expectations many had (and still have) for Hill as an artist, but we can’t help but note that she remains an extraordinarily talented MC, and her band was right in the pocket.
In January, Hill reportedly arrived hours late for several shows and played her songs faster than usual, though if this was the speed, we’d hardly complain. (Hill would later issued an apology, in connection with the announcement of her sixth pregnancy, for the tour difficulties.) She is scheduled to perform 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety at Rock the Bells shows on four consecutive weekends later this summer.
Update: Rap Radar points out that this performance was actually pre-recorded last month on the same day as her Marley tribute. That makes more sense, considering how far into her pregnancy she now is.
Elsewhere on late night?
Conan: The Airborne Toxic Event, “Changing”
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Randy Travis with Josh Turner, “T.I.M.E.”
The Late Show with David Letterman: Broadway cast of Anything Goes, “Blow, Gabriel, Blow”
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Ice Cube, “I Rep the West”
Lopez Tonight: …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, “Weight of the Sun”
Last Call with Carson Daly: Fitz and the Tantrums (rerun from May 25)