Lauryn HillPop-Ed: Last weekend's Rock The Bells festival on New York's Governors Island saw a compendium of legendary hip-hop acts -- including A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg -- performing their respective landmark albums. But for the nearly 20,000 people who paid $100 or more for the festival, a rare appearance by Lauryn Hill, erstwhile Fugee and the force behind the celebrated 1998 hip-hop classic 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,' was a bigger incentive than any classic album.

Despite -- or maybe because of -- a 45-minute delay, crowd anticipation was palpable when Hill took the stage Saturday evening. For many, though, expectation trumped memory and experience, as Hill rendered her classic tracks nearly unrecognizable, injecting most tracks with an aggressive veneer that stripped away any soulful capital she's earned over the past decade.