This past Monday I went to the Lauryn Hill concert with my brothers, A-nat, Authentik and Izm.
Had an amazing time! It was cool to be at our second concert within the past two weeks. They came with me to see one of my favorite singers, Gabriel Garzon Montano.
As we sat anxiously awaiting her to hit the stage, in a bit a fear that she would keep us waiting or it just wouldn't be what we truly expected. But when she hit the stage, all doubts were put away.
Lauryn's entrance on the stage was incredible, the big screen playing beautiful footage of kids in school hallways as her intro to her album played in the background. The band, so well rehearsed, with their hits and breaks and moments of trap feels. The lighting, truly setting the mood for the entire show. As she went through this incredible, timeless, body of work, she paused in between set to speak on what the purpose of what she created this music for and how it had been manifested. This manifestation took her around the world. She inspired and brought the old school world to new school ears and Hip Hop, to classic vibes and how it all started in her New Jersey home. Which led to inspiration from these Jersey streets.
Listening to her, reminded me of what I had set out to do, when I first dived into music. It was to spark love and be a beacon of light in a dark world. Listening to her made me realize that I had stuck to this purpose, as the core to my music, and it has touched so many and enabled so much. In that moment, I felt so accomplished and proud of myself.
Before I stepped into the world of R&B, I was singing Gospel. As I moved forward in ministry I felt like I wasn't doing much for people who already knew God. Who already felt God. I kept feeling like the work was outside the church. I also knew, at that age, that gospel didn't rest well on every ear. Then Lauryn's album was birthed and I was so taken by her way of inspiring. Watching how it touched so many, it inspired what I wanted to do. I realized there was a way to ignite love and self worth, to be positive and yet still be fly and own who you are without fear. She embodied everything my heart was screaming to take up, but I needed to do it from a male perspective. I marched in this core purpose for my music and vowed it would always be this. Love.
So many things she spoke and how she spoke them, reflected its self to me and I was pleased. I had forgotten how much she inspired me. But that night I realized how much I was meant to pick up that album. How I was meant to watch every interview. How I was meant to listen deeper to every arrangement. Because her influence was destined for the creation of myself. It's only one piece but it was a major piece.
God will truly set you up for beauty and every step towards it is meant to build you in some way.
It's all so beautiful and powerful to think about.