Apparently Lauryn Hill was late getting the memo that she got put on blast finally responding to claims that she “stole” the music on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album as well as mistreating her band while on tour.
“I apologize for the delay in getting this posted, I was late in hearing about it. I understand this is long, but my last interview was over a decade ago…,”
In case you missed it…..
Earlier this month, jazz musician Robert Glasper did an interview with a Houston radio station where he claimed Hill had “stolen all of [his] friends’ music” while making her breakout album; This is no surprise to us however thinking back to the collective of musicians who worked on Miseducation later suing her over writing credit. The lawsuit was settled in 2001.
Hill responded in a very long post with Medium shooting down Glasper’s accusations.
“The Miseducation was the first time I worked with musicians outside of the Fugees [whose] report and working relationship was clear. In an effort to create the same level of comfort, I may not have established the necessary boundaries and may have been more inviting than I should have been.”
“In hindsight, I would have handled it differently for the removal of any confusion. And I have handled it differently since, I’m clear and I make clear before someone walks in the door what I am and am not looking for. I may have been inclusive, but these are my songs.”
Glasper had also accused Hill of being notoriously harsh on her band members back in 2008:
“Every day she comes in and changes the show, changes what she wants to do. The last rehearsal, she doesn’t show up. Her manager comes in and says, ‘Lauryn’s not really feeling the way you guys have been learning the music, so we’re gonna cut your pay in half.’”
“Don’t have the details or recollection of cutting the band’s pay in half. If fees had been negotiated and confirmed without my knowledge, I may have asked for them to be adjusted. But I would never just cut a musician’s pay arbitrarily unless I had a legitimate reason. There are artists who do cut pay though, James Brown was notorious for docking musicians if they did something he didn’t like, I’m sure there are others.”
Glasper named Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock as three iconic artists as:
“If those three people can be cool, Lauryn Hill should be able to be cool. You haven’t done enough to be the way you are. You just have not. The one thing you did that was great [Miseducation], you didn’t do.”
“I adore Stevie, and honor Herbie and Quincy, who are our forebears, but they’re not women. Men often can say ‘I want it done like this’ and not be challenged. The same rules don’t always apply for women who may be met with resistance. When this happens you replace that player with someone who respects you and the office you hold.”
And as for her stealing the music and taking all the credit for 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album she wrote:
“It wouldn’t have existed the way that it did without the involvement, skill, hard work, and talents of the artists/musicians and technicians who were a part of it, but it still required my vision, my passion, my faith, my will, my soul, my heart, and my story.”
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
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