Lauryn Hill covers Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” and melts our minds

Whenever Ms. Lauryn Hill, ex-Fugees and the voice behind “Ex-Factor,” drops music, you listen, especially when the music in question is a horn-filled, simmering cover of Nina Simone’s iconic “Feeling Good.” And the best part: There are five more Hill / Simone covers waiting in the wings.

As Netflix gears up to release What Happened, Miss Simone?, a documentary about the late jazz and blues icon, they’ve finally dropped details about a compilation soundtrack to the film. Also featuring covers by Mary J. Blige and Usher, Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone was only supposed to include two Hill contributions, but the singer was so enraptured by the project that she ended up contributing six songs total, including “Wild is the Wind” and “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” and even became a producer on the album.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, Hill explained her connection to Simone, saying “Because I fed on this music, both hers and lovers like her, like my basic food, I believed I always had a right to have a voice. Her example is clearly a form of sustenance to a generation needing to find theirs. What a gift.” And now, Hill’s versions of Simone’s songs will go on to feed another generation seeking soul, gravitas, and raw, real emotion.

What Happened, Miss Simone? will drop on Netflix on June 26th; the compilation album will be released on July 10th. The full track list is at Rolling Stone; listen to “Feeling Good” below, and just try to not feel anything (you’ll fail, and it’ll be great).

(Image via Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone EP)

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