Lauryn Hill Delivers Powerful Nina Simone Cover of ‘I’ve Got Life’
If you were amazed at Lauryn Hill’s tender rendition of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” then you might enjoy her second cover of the late soul icon’s song, “I’ve Got Life.”
The song is from Nina Revisited...a Tribute to Nina Simone, which is the soundtrack of the upcoming Netflix film, What Happened, Miss Simone? It also samples Simone's original tune, "Ain't Got No...I've Got Life," which is actually a cover of two songs from the 1968 Broadway musical Hair.
Over stirring piano, rollicking drums and bass guitars, the former Fugees member spits tongue-twisting rhymes about the black struggle.
"Invisible ink in the constitution / Meant to preserve the institution, unequal distribution / Of wealth, goods and services / Revolvin' door, no floor, just anxiety and nervousness / Trapped in circuses / Herds of us, not understandin' our purposes," she raps.
Although the song cuts off before she dives into her second verse, it sounds as if L-Boogie was about to drops some heavy jewels on us. Nevertheless, it’s good to hear that Hill is recording music again. Hopefully, this will lead her back into the studio and record a full-length album.
In the meantime, Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone -- which features seven Nina Simone covers performed by Ms. Hill, herself -- will hit stores on July 11.
What Happened, Miss Simone? will premiere on Netflix on June 26.