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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nas and Lauryn Hill at The Electric Factory, Benjamin Gibbard at The Keswick Theatre, The Fleeting Ends at The Fire

New York rapper Nas brings his Life is Good tour to The Electric Factory tonight for a show with Lauryn Hill.  The legendary lyricist released his seventh and critically acclaimed studio album in July, following up 2010′s Distant Relatives collaboration with Damian Marley.  South Jersey’s Lauryn Hill is also sharing some new material on the tour; the influential soul/hop hop artist debuted a new track called “Black Rage”, though the ex-Fugee hasn’t released a solo album since 2002.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Jhene Aiko will open the all-ages show. Below, watch Lauryn Hill’s surprise performance with The Roots on the 4th of July.

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Just Announced: Nas, Lauryn Hill coming to the Electric Factory on Nov. 7

Legendary New York City rapper Nas is bringing the tour in support of his eleventh studio album, Life is Good, to Philadelphia on November 7 for an appearance at The Electric Factory. Opening is soul favorite Lauryn Hill, who last graced the stage in Philadelphia this summer for an impromptu appearance with The Roots at the Welcome America Festival. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday. Below, watch a video of Lauryn Hill jamming with The Roots on the parkway.

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In Case You Missed It: Lauryn Hill joined The Roots at the 4th of July Welcome America Festival

Hometown hip-hop heroes The Roots have been prominently featured in Philly’s 4th of July festivities for five years running, and each time they manage to step up their game. Amid the massive Independence Day heat on the Ben Franklin Parkway during last week’s Welcome America Festivial, the band ushered on a surprise appearance from soul / reggae / hiphop star Lauryn Hill. She performed a half-hour set touching on the hits from her 1998 album The Mis-Education Of Lauryn Hill, some throwbacks from her days with the 90s fusion band The Fugees, and a exuberant cover of Bob Marley’s classic “Could You Be Loved.” Check out a slideshow above care of photographer Brandee Nichols (who was covering the festival for JUMP Philly) and watch video of Hill’s full set below. Continue reading →

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Watch video from the Roots’ 4th of July Jam featuring Darryl Hall, Common, Jazzy Jeff, and Queen Latifah

Wednesday was the Roots’ Fourth of July Jam on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Darryl Hall, Queen Latifah, Common, and Joe Jonas. Lauryn Hill from The Fugees made a guest appearance. Watch some videos from the concert below via YouTube-ist That Guy In Philly.

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