Undercover Presents A Tribute to Miseducation of Lauryn Hill


  • YBCA 701 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States

UnderCover & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Presents: A Tribute To Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill inspired countless souls with the release of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Effortlessly combining soul, hip hop, and reggae, it showcased the confident vision of a young woman dealing with modern life - love, heartbreak, spirituality, racism - with the wisdom and aplomb of an old soul. 18 years later, the album still holds up as a modern classic, and it’s influence can be heard in the next generation of artists like Kehlani and Chance the Rapper.

YBCA and UnderCover present a showcase of local Bay Area artists in a performance that pays homage to the Grammy award–winning artist Ms. Lauryn Hill. Over 75 diverse musical artists each lend their unique creative voices to a song from her iconic soul and hip hop album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Reinterpreting the classic record from start to finish, they create a musical cross-pollination that is unusual to encounter in a single bill. Clas/sick Hip Hop, now in its third iteration, is an artful platform that surfaces questions about the role of hip hop through music, movement, and the politics of freedom. This year YBCA explores gender norms in hip hop culture, highlighting the presence and impact of femininity in a subculture that has historically been undergirded by hyper-masculinity and violence. UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill reflects on gender in unique ways while also responding to ongoing curatorial inquiries into the viability of hip hop at a contemporary arts center. We ask ourselves how we can embrace its rapidly changing form as it takes new shape across the domestic landscape and is transposed within international bodies. Clas/sick Hip Hop is our vehicle.

Meklit, Guest Music Director

Participating Bay Area Bands:
Aima the Dreamer and Femme Deadly Venoms
Babii Cris
Cosa Nostra Strings feat. Lilan Kane
The Dynamic Ms. Faye Carol
Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy
Inspector Gadje Balkan Brass featuring Sandman
Jennifer Johns
Josh Jones Latin Ensemble
Katdelic
Kev Choice
Meklit
Osa Vocal Rush - Oakland School for the Arts
Fr333 (MADlines + Xoa)
Kimiko Joy and the RubaDub Posse

Hosted by Lyz Luke
Projections & Stage Design by Rachel Znerold
Artwork by Rich Black

Admission: $35-45
Doors: 9pm
Show: 9:30pm
All Ages - ADA Accessible

"UnderCover productions have become storied, stylistically encompassing events that maximize the talent pool by limiting each act to a single song." - SF Chronicle

"...there are some performances you'll be talking about for the entire year."- SF Weekly

"...a vast, all-encompassing experience. We watched as the musical territory staked out got larger and larger, and the connection between making music and going to concerts got closer and closer. In short: It was great." - The Bay Bridged

"Beyond the racial and gender divides" - KPFA 94.1 FM

"Building Bridges" - Oakland Magazine

Winner of SF Weekly and San Francisco Bay Guardian "Best of" Awards