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Jill Scott

Soulful singer Jill Scott was born and raised in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From English school teacher, to insightful poet, to successful songwriter and singer, Scott has opened her heart up for all to see. While performing poetry locally in Philadelphia, Scott was invited by the legendary hip-hop group The Roots to perform on their Grammy award-winning single You Got Me. This song, which also featured Erykah Badu, put Scott on the map and earned her the nickname the “new Erykah.” 

Scott was eventually signed to Hidden Beach Records in 2000. She released her debut album Words and Sounds Vol. 1. This album included the hit single A Long Walk in which Scott uses a fresh neo-soul sound to speak eloquently of love and life. 

Following her first album, Jill took a couple years off to enjoy her new marriage to husband, Lyzel. She then began work on her next album, Beautifully Human, which was released in August 2004. This second album focuses on love and features intelligent prose on family, faith and community and more jazzy and hip-hop grooves. Anyone who appreciates poetry and enjoys this sultry style of music would love either of Jill Scott’s albums. Listening to her can remind young women of their beauty and independence in a very re-affirming and inspirational way.

My Petition from the Beautifully Human album, is a different type of love song. In this song, Scott expresses dismay and frustration with the U.S. government which, just as lovers do, falls short on its promises to its citizens. 

                   I want to, I want to have faith in you
                   I really do but you keep lying to me
                   It hurts
                   I believe, I believe you owe it me
                   Give it to me like you said you would
                   (© 2004 Sony Records; From:

I believe that Scott uses this song to speak about her frustrations as an African-American woman in our society. Our nation’s anthem, referenced in this song, proclaims everything that America has to offer. However, Scott argues that there are many people in our country who are lied to and to whom these promises are not extended. It is a politically-motivated, yet beautifully poetic, song that I recommend to all. 


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