As Rock the Bells finished off in New Jersey this year, Ms. Lauryn Hill surprised fans by joining Nas on stage for their song, “If I Ruled the World.” Midway through Nas’ set, he paused for the chorus to the song as Ms. Hill entered the stage to roaring applause from fans at the festival. 

Once Hill’s hook was done, she remained on stage to assist Nas with the verses, finishing off some of of the QB emcee’s lines. Nas then responded by thanking her and others who assisted in his set via Twitter, including Large Professor and Scarface.

According to, Lauryn Hill also spoke to the crowd to say, “I have been gone for a long time but I’m back again.” 

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