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Lauryn Hill Sells Out Brooklyn Concert After Kicking Out Heckler In Chicago

    July 30, 2014
    Galen Velonis
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Nobody likes a heckler, least of all Lauryn Hill. The way a performer deals with a heckler is an art form in and of itself. Truly great performers deal with hecklers in ways that make the audience remember the experience forever.

Is Lauryn Hill a truly great performer? She threw out a heckler on July 16th, and we are still talking about it two weeks later. TMZ caught the footage, and Radio.com gave us some details.

The place? House of Blues in Chicago. The heckler shouted something, probably in regards to Hill arriving on stage later than expected. Her response? Call over security.

“Excuse me, excuse me, there’s a gentlemen over there who just did something I don’t like. Can you please escort him out and refund him his money?” She said.

But then she addresses the heckler personally:

“I don’t play that. I don’t need to win you over and you don’t need to win me over. …I do this because I love it, not because I owe you anything. You understand that? I do this because I love it. You can get on your blogs and you can tweet and say whatever you want to. I don’t give a rat’s a–.”

Guess what? Just a few days ago, on July 28th, Hill was late again. This time at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York. When she got on stage, XXL Magazine said the crowd went wild. The audience was packed, and there was not a heckler in sight. According to the report it was “an unforgettable experience.”

Too bad the heckler of a few weeks ago couldn’t have been more appreciative of what he had.

Maybe he could have avoided getting thrown out.

Image via Wikimedia Commons


  • derrick

    Lauryn Hill’s vocal skills are in the same universe as Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. As the saying goes, she could sing the phone book and make you weep.
    Her album “The Miseducation” is a masterpiece; pure musical nirvana.

  • jcextra

    I love her. She is always so grounded and always keeps it real. Very disciplined woman who has been through some of life’s greatest challenges. Still she is coming out on top.

  • brion

    She is still beautiful!

  • wilman

    Not too full of yourself are you? If it wasn’t for people buying your music and going to your concerts, you would be playing on the street collecting quarters.

    • Meka

      She is not to full of herself but she does know her worth even when others don’t, that is what makes a strong person. If she happened to play on the street the quarters that she collects would be more that your yearly wages anyway.

    • Global_Warner

      Son, evidently paying attention is not your strong suit.
      Lauryn was still in school when “The Score” dropped. Moreover, the sista is very articulate and far from a ‘hood-rat.’ So, how’s your life going, hater? Don’t bother to answer because it ain’t hard to tell!

      Brick City, Nu Jerulz; 07108

      • wilman

        My life is great. Thank you for asking. Apparently your isn’t since you can’t spell. (Enough of the Ebonics already….)
        If you and Meka want to stroke your idols while they cr*p on you since they’re such big stars, good for you…
        I just think performers are paid to perform. Enough of making the people who support you wait around because you are such a “star.”

        • VerbalFisticuffs

          There is clearly a misunderstanding here. The idiot was heckling her which in most cases will prevent her from being able to perform, and take away from the rest of the crowds experience. She was spot on in having him escorted out and even requested he have his monies refunded. Under normal circumstances he would have not received a dime back for disrupting the show. As far as Ebonics?The culture hip hop s has a certain vernacular that comes with it. Clearly you are ignorant to that as well. Peace!

  • Global_Warner

    Nothing but Luv 4U Lauryn!

    Brick City, Nu Jerulz; 07108

  • reene

    She is a raving racist. She should be heckled.