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From Black Voices
Lauryn Hill fans will receive an early Thanksgiving treat next week, as the singer-songwriter is scheduled to embark on her first performance since serving a three month federal prison sentence for tax evasion charges.
The New York Daily News reports, that Hill will perform a pair of shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on Nov. 27 as part of her post-prison tour.
As previously reported, a judge has postponed the eight-time Grammy Award-winner’s three month home confinement mandate to January 1 in order for Hill to go on tour spanning from November 15 through December 31.
As part of the agreement, the 38-year-old New Jersey native is required to provide tour details, including dates, cities and hotels to her probation officer.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Some of us were shocked to hear that Lauryn Hill went to jail for tax evasion, but Lauryn’s stint in jail was just part of a bumpy ride to the bottom of the charts. From her Fugees days to her bizarre new single, here are 15 things we bet you didn’t know about Ms. Hill.
Lauryn Hill is officially a free woman — except for the time on house arrest that she’ll have to make up — but for now the soulful singer is relishing in her freedom and thanking those who were instrumental in it. In a note to her fans on her tumblr page, Lauryn posted a letter of recognition, acknowledging the fans who offered her support during her three-month sentence in jail due to failure to pay taxes. She wrote:
Underneath the letter were the names of hundreds of such fans and supporters who encouraged Lauryn during her time behind bars, and apparently helped her see her punishment was worth it if she could be an example for someone else.
As we reported yesterday, Lauryn is slated to go on tour from November 15 to December 31, after which she will have to complete a three-month sentence on house arrest. Let’s hope all of L-Boogie’s fans make it to one of her shows next month.
What do you think about Lauryn Hill’s letter?
How long do we have to go along with the facade that Lauryn Hill is still trying to make good music – or any real music at all?
Yeah I’m talking about the rapid-fire gibberish disguised as social critique called “Consumerism.” The song is so bad, I want to run up a couple of credit cards out of spite. Or As Funky Dineva brilliantly said of the track, “If Lauryn wanted us to wake up and stop buying sh!t, she accomplished it with this.”
If you haven’t heard the track; don’t bother. Seriously, you’ve already heard it. It was called “Neurotic Society.” Right before Ms. Hill went into the clink, she released what could be best described as a pseudo-intellectual game of lyrical Boggle as a protest against the record company. The record company, who after 10 got-damn years of waiting for something including the Euterpe, the Greek muse of music, to finally move Ms. Hill’s spirit to create something, had the audacity to request that she release some new music. However after three months in prison and finally a free woman, my question is who is she protesting now with “Consumerism,” which sounds exactly like Neurotic Society? Matter of fact, how do we know this ain’t the same song with a different beat? It ain’t like you can memorize that Shyte and sing along…
I swear folks have been getting over for years with this cheap Scrabble board-style of word play, which relies heavily on using highly inflammatory yet vague words to imply controversy without really having to say anything – at all – in particular. Billy Joel did it. So did Beck. And as a friend reminded me yesterday, the alternative rock group R.E.M made an entire career out of Hooked-on-incendiary-words-Phonics scheme. But at least, they had catchy hooks. All Ms. Hill gave us to transition from one verse of explosive diarrhea of words to another is some damn wind chimes. Now I am in no way trying to stunt or disrespect Ms. Hill’s metamorphosis as an artist. But I need her to show some actual substance to go along with the Oswald Bates-style of rhyme delivery she has been spitting as of late.
Imagine if tomorrow you clicked an article on MadameNoire called “Suprematism” and in it, was one of those slide shows you all claim to despise of individuals words like: ageism, sexism, racism, objectivism, colonialism, separatism, revisionism, primitivism, etc…And you clicked through all 27 of those lone words just to get to the final slide, which says, “We Got to Stop That!” written five times in Times New Roman, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica and Comic Sans font? Y’all would be telling MadameNoire where they could go with all that pretentious egotism. Not to mention the futility and aimlessness of yelling out random words with little to no context! Like I can say ‘gentrification’ and have two people nodding in agreement for two completely different reasons. One of them could be thinking gentrification is bad while the someone else could be thinking, “Mmh, finally a place to get cronuts and a Starbucks’ iced caramel macchiato in the neighborhood…”
A friend of mine recently felt confident enough to express his longstanding feelings that Hill was an overrated artist, living off the momentum of the one good album she made years ago. I have been stubbornly resisting the urge to agree with him. But as a fan, who is increasingly growing disenchanted of Hill, I have to admit that I have traveled with her down some less musically traveled roads and have yet to understand the journey or the destination. I ignored the talk about the influence that her alleged mental illness and her sorted relationship with Rohan Marley might have on her ability to make music. I even made excuses for her during the 2010 Rock The Bells, when I sat under the hot-A$$ August sun just to see Hill, who came to perform late, sang off-key to long “re-conceptualized” (putting it nicely)versions of many of her hits. But now I am ready to face the crazy-sounding music and all of it’s ugly -ism and tell Ms. Hill to go have a seat, preferably away from a studio. As clearly, she is just not feeling making music anymore. Do what everyone else does with contractual issues and release a couple of remix albums. But despite what has been a disastrous attempt at a musical comeback, I think that Hill’s reputation as an artist is enough that she doesn’t ever have to make another song again and we would still give her status as a legend.
Less than one week ago, we told you that R&B songstress Lauryn Hill had been released after serving a three-month prison stint for tax evasion. Upon her release, the mother of six released a new track titled “Consumerism.” As if that weren’t enough, we hear Ms. Hill is also gearing up to go on tour.
According to TMZ, the “Ex-Factor” singer was supposed to begin a three-month home detention sentence immediately following her release, but requested that a judge postpone the start date of her house arrest sentence until after she goes on tour. Surprisingly, the judge granted her request. The New Jersey native will begin her tour on November 15th and it will conclude on December 31st. According to reports, Lauryn can now sign on to perform at specific venues for the tour; however, there is one catch. She will still be required to check in with her probation officer and have all venue dates, cities and hotels approved. Once New Year’s Day hits, Lauryn will be required to return to her New Jersey home and begin her home detention sentence.
Well, you certainly can’t keep a good woman down. We’re glad Lauryn hasn’t allowed prison to kill her spirits. We can’t wait to witness all of the amazing things that she’s going to accomplish now that she is a free woman.
Are you excited about Lauryn going on tour? Will you be purchasing tickets when they go on sale?
The last time we were really talking about Lauryn Hill, she was on her way to federal prison for tax evasion. She had been sentenced in May to three months in jail at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, as well as three months of house arrest (which she will report to next). She was originally looking at 36 months in jail, but was able to evade all that because of her lack of a prior criminal record, the six young children she takes care of, and the fact that she was able to repay the back taxes she owed (though she did so late). She went in on July 8, and today, she is reportedly scheduled to be released.
To help celebrate her release from jail, Hill has released a new song called “Consumerism” for her fans. In it, Hill raps at lightning speed about greed, both from corporations and everyday people, as well as a “laundry list of social ills,” as Rolling Stone described it. If you’re hoping that the song will sound like something from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill or her MTV Unplugged effort, you should know by now that she’s not trying to reproduce that sound and is instead focusing on rapid raps about political and societal issues. But who knows, this one could be your cup of tea. Check it out for yourself below and let us know what you think!
Welcome back Ms. Hill!
Has anyone else noticed that when it comes to today’s R&B singer, people only speak on Beyoncé and Rihanna? And when they do, a majority of the time, it’s to have a debate about which diva is better. Somebody has to be ‘on top.’ In the year 2013, women in the R&B game (if not all of music) can’t seem to co-exist to fans; they have to be at the top, or they need to find a new job. Only one can be the head you-know-what in charge, and it’s not based on actual talent anymore, but who sells the most songs, albums and tickets for their tour, and who has a wealth of outside projects bringing them money. Being a successful brand has trumped being an-all around gifted singer/musician. It absolutely sucks.
I miss the days when singers and female rappers hopped on each other’s tracks. I miss when they made cameos in each other’s videos. I miss when they could show the world their talent and sell records with their clothes on, and in the case of someone like Aaliyah, with baggy clothes on at that. And most of all, I miss the days of R&B singers actually dropping R&B tracks and not going completely pop and electronic dance to sell some singles. The day of the talented R&B singer and her soulful music has shifted drastically, and instead of showing solidarity, half of the time, folks are beefing with each other on Twitter over frivolous drama. It’s sad when you consider the bevvy of singers that were around making moves in the ’80s and ’90s by themselves and in groups.
This realization came, not after watching yet another twerk-filled video, but after having a conversation with a co-worker who came to the conclusion that the R&B game is getting smaller and weaker. We were talking about a particular artist who despite some light buzz, still hadn’t had an album released by her label, and was somewhat “famous” for just being seen. My colleague wound up saying, “I just don’t care about R&B singers anymore,” and that kind of made me sad.
In my mind, I thought about how geeked up folks would get about a new Mary J album back in the day. I thought about people’s excitement over Jill Scott and her sound, singing in unison “I’m getting tiiiiiired of yo s**t” to Erykah Badu, blasting Lauryn Hill (though she was also Hip-Hop), jamming to Zhané, dancing to a Janet track, trying to do the Toni voice, and cooling out to Sade. Now, as previously stated, it’s either Bey or Rih. Anybody else gets limited love because for one, everybody’s trying to do MORE than just sing (they want to be on TV and act and take forever to put out new albums). It’s also because we, the media, give a majority of shine to the women only on top, and also because these big names won’t take a break from the spotlight because of fears of fading out of importance and getting a tad bit irrelevant. How long was Bey really on maternity leave? And I think we’ve all come to expect an album a year from Rihanna (she’s got three months left to drop something).
But another big part of it is that the singers looking for shine are lacking star power. They might be able to sing their behinds off, but their label won’t drop their album and would rather let them resort to mixtape after mixtape because they don’t have the “It” factor that singers from back in the day had. Most R&B singers and female lyricists had their own unique style and sound years ago (though in the ’80s everybody and their mom had to do big curly hair). Today, everyone looks the same (you either have a cascading weave or a short cut shaved on the sides with a lot of hair at the crown), everyone’s dressing the same and then blaming each other for stealing old styles, and the tracks don’t necessarily stand out (everybody’s writing angry love songs or boring ones). So the women, in turn, don’t stand out.
Aside from gifted singers who don’t receive as much shine as they should (Janelle Monae, Elle Varner, Melanie Fiona, etc.), R&B is on struggle mode. And if it wasn’t hard enough, some folks doing well who should be considered R&B are trying to act like they’re more rock or dance so they won’t be stuck in a box. The sound has changed with the times, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not all that impressed. I want that old thing back…
While some may argue that some of today’s female hip hop acts have already greatly surpassed the lady emcees of yesteryears, if you ask actress and media personality Queen Latifah, she’ll more than likely tell you that women in hip hop from the 90s have yet to be outdone. At least that’s what she told Ricky Smiley while out promoting her new daytime talk show, The Queen Latifah Show.
“I still think some of the best ones that have done it have yet to be topped. I still don’t think anybody has topped the whole era of Foxy, Kim, Missy, Eve, me on the tail end kinda things,” the hip hop icon said.
She went on to say that although she believes Nicki Minaj is doing her thing, she looks forward to seeing more than just one woman be successful in the hip hop genre.
“I’m still looking forward to it not just being a one-at-a-time female rapper thing. I mean, I think Nicki Minaj is great, but I think we definitely need to blow up some of the other females that are out there.”
The television producer also discussed working with Will and Jada for her upcoming talk show, which is scheduled to premiere on September 16th.
“It took Will and Jada to be involved in this for me to really do it, to be honest with you. Because I have done a talk show before and I learned a lot doing that show, but I knew then—what I learned then was that I really had to make it me. It had to be something that was really, really me in order for me to love going in there and working that hard and making it happen. And doing it every day. But I’ve known Will and Jada since I was a teenager. We’ve grown up together… Will has helped me out with various things throughout the years.”
Would you agree with her?
In the year 2013, Lauryn Hill is an umarried mother of six children, and currently serving time in prison for tax evasion. But years ago, she was one of the biggest stars on the planet. And along with the success and money she garnered, she made some very famous friends, including Cee Lo Green. He was still a member of Goodie Mob around the time Hill was making major moves, and after meeting her and forming a friendship with the former Fugees singer, Cee Lo says he fell in love with Hill.
In his new memoir, Everybody’s Brother, the singer opens up about his criminal past, including holding people up by gunpoint, losing his father, and having low self-esteem for many years. According to the Daily Mail, he also opens up about Hill and his love for her in the past. In the book he says that he met the singer right before he met his now ex-wife, Christina Johnson. He wanted to marry her as he felt she was made “just for me.” It’s not clear if Hill actually felt anything for Green or if he even told her about his feelings, but in the end, he married Johnson, and after her torrid relationship with Wyclef Jean, Hill started a family with Rohan Marley.
But when speaking of their bond, Green says in his memoir that even though their love connection didn’t happen, “…we still got to have a great friendship that ended up making a big difference in my life.” They had a tight friendship and the two even did a song together with Carlos Santana called “Do You Like The Way” in 1999, which Hill produced. I couldn’t see these two making a love connection happen, but it’s definitely interesting to hear that he wanted to be more than “just friends.”
Could you see it?