Lauryn Hill is featured on six tracks on the album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone that was released in conjunction with the What Happened, Miss Simone? Netflix documentary about the soul singer.
In a recent feature on The FADER, Jayson Jackson, producer of the film and associate of Hill’s, says that the “Doo Wop (That Thing)” singer has been inspired to create music once again because of her work on the tribute album.
“The Nina Simone experience pushed her hand in a way.” Jackson says.
He explains that it’s hard to determine Hill’s emotions, but her desire to make music is a good indicator.
“I know creating makes her very happy,” he says. “I couldn’t see her doing as much as she did [on the Simone project] in any state other than happiness.”
Phil Nicolo, a producer working with Hill, was a co-founder of Ruffhouse Records, the label that released Fugees’ The Score and Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. He believes she is “closer than ever to finishing the follow-up to Miseducation.”
Nicolo explains the reasoning for the length of time without a second album.
“It’s not that she feels like, ‘You can wait for me.’” he says. “She wants to be right. She wants to be perfect.”