On Monday night, Lauryn Hill shared an essay responding to accusations from musician Robert Glasper that she “stole music” for her album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The eight-time Grammy Award winner also addressed the treatment of her band, her notorious lateness.
In the essay titled, “Addressing Robert Glasper and other common misconceptions about me (in no particular order),'” Ms. Hill wrote:
The Miseducation was the first time I worked with musicians outside of the Fugees who’s 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.
The former Fugee also talked about the rumors surrounding the remixing of songs from her magnum opus. She was adamant that she could perform the original works if she wanted to.
“I remix my songs live because I haven’t released an album in several years,” Ms. Hill wrote. “There’s a ton of backstory as to why, but there’s no way I could continue to play the same songs over and over as long as I’ve been performing them without some variation and exploration. I’m not a robot. If I’d had additional music out, perhaps I would have kept them as they were. I didn’t, so I revise and rearrange them according to what I’m feeling in that moment. This way, my performances are heartfelt and authentic, not me just going through the motions. I can’t imagine why that would be a foreign concept to anyone who appreciates jazz.”
She also credited her lateness to shows to caring too much about performing and wanting to give her fans the greatest experience possible. “Me being late to shows isn’t because I don’t respect my fans or their time, but the contrary, It can be argued that I care too much, and insist on things being right,” Ms. Hill proclaimed.
“I like to switch my show up regularly, change arrangements, add new songs, etc. This often leads to long sound checks, which leads to doors opening late, which leads to the show getting a late start. This element of perfectionism is about wanting the audience to experience the very best and most authentic musical experience they can from what I do.”
The 20th anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was on Aug. 25.
I chose to wait until after the anniversary to post this. Thank you everyone for the Love! I’d like to clear a few things up.
Full statement available here: https://t.co/kbtvoOWD2R
— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) August 28, 2018
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