Having kicked off the 20th-anniversary tour in the United States in June, Lauryn Hill drew for local reggae star Protoje to share the stage with her as she celebrated her Grammy album, ‘The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill’.
Earlier this summer, the In.Digg.Nation leader shared the stage with the “Ready Or Not” singer.
“I still can’t believe it actually happened,” Protoje is quoted in an interview with The Gleaner on Tuesday.
Protoje was billed to perform with Hill on September 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, alongside Nas and Iman Omari, then again on September 9 in San Diego, California, alongside Kelela.
“We never actually spoke until after my concert with her. I guess she heard my music and thought it was a good fit,” he revealed.
On September 11, the “Who Knows” singer shared a photograph on his social media with him and Ms. Hill backstage.
The “Like This” singer was introduced to Hill through her work with The Fugees. After listening to the group’s album The Score, Protoje said he became obsessed with the lyricist.
“I thought she was the illest rapper. Then when she did The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, I saw the whole scope of her artistry. She is truly in a class by herself,” he stated.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released to critical acclaim in 1998. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart, and earned the singer Grammies for Album of the Year and Best New Artiste. It remains Hill’s only solo studio album.
This year continues to be a winning one for the reggae artiste, following his bucket-list performance with Hill. Protoje also launched his first Japan tour, which runs from September 15-24.
“When people from a different culture show you so much love, it’s such a feeling. Man, I’m in Tokyo now and the love is crazy,” he tweeted on Sunday.
Protoje’s fourth studio album “A Matter of Time” was recently added to rotation on U.S.-based global pay television sports channel ESPN. This means that viewers of the US Open or Sportscenter are in for a treat as his music will be played.
Protoje is a forefront figurehead of an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica known as The Reggae Revival, but with over 13 million streams last year and over 156 million YouTube views, his popularity has transcended any particular genre.
He has sold out headline UK, US and European tours, and is a firm favourite at festivals throughout the world, performing at the likes of Glastonbury, Coachella and Afropunk. He is the first reggae act to be booked at Reading and Leeds in years, giving yet another indication of his cross cultural, universal appeal.
Protoje will make his way across Japan alongside selector/producer Yaadcore on the ‘A Matter of Time’ Dubwise Tour.