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Upon transitioning into 'To Zion' -- written about her oldest child -- Hill reminisced with the audience. "It was 13-years ago when I wrote this song," she said. "Zion is 13-years-old [as of] August 3." Hill, who gave birth to her son at the height of her career, noted that the experience was as rewarding but still a "difficult journey." Despite her success, Hill has been out of the public eye for several years, only making spot appearance and performances here and there. Many times these concerts have been met with criticism, pegging Hill as inconsistent and borderline erratic. However, Saturday's set proved otherwise. "The support system that I needed was not necessarily in place," she said of her self-imposed exile, in an interview with NPR. "There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it."
Last month a previously unreleased track from the singer, titled 'Repercussions,' found its way to the Net. The song debuted on the Billboard charts at No. 94, giving Hill her first solo track to land on the charts in 12 years. Her acceptance of a slot on the Rock the Bells tour only further increases speculation that the 35-year-old is making a comeback. Although she was undoubtedly the most anticipated name on the Rock the Bells bill, the concert hosted a slue of other hip-hop acts including Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, and Snoop Dogg who headlined the show.
Lauryn Hill performing 'Ready or Not'
Lauryn Hill performing 'To Zion'