Lauryn Hill

Oct
4
Lauryn Hill Released From Prison

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is a free woman once again. The Fugees frontwoman was released from federal prison after serving her 3-month sentence for tax evasion.

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Oct
3
New Music: Ms. Lauryn Hill – ‘Consumerism’

Consumerism

On the eve of her release from prison, Ms. Lauryn Hill liberates a new song entitled “Consumerism.” The powerful track, which was recorded pre-prison and mixed while she was behind bars, was inspired by her recent experiences and will appear on her upcoming project Letters From Exile.

She released the song with the following statement.

“‘Consumerism’ is a track coming out on the eve of Ms. Hill’s release. She wanted to get this music out while she was incarcerated, as it is a product of the space she was in while she was going through some of the challenges she has been faced with recently.”

You can stream the song and read her letter below.

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Jul
19
Lauryn Hill Sends Message From Prison

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill reported to prison earlier this month, where she is currently serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion. She took the time to check in with her fans and update them on her progress.

In a letter on her Tumblr page, the Fugees frontwoman said that although it took her some time to adjust, she is doing well. She has been treated favorably and has been getting along with her fellow inmates.

“Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them,” said Ms. Hill.

In the short time that she’s been behind bars, she has received a lot of mail and expressed her gratitude to those who took the time to send their words of encouragement. She also thanked individual fans who wrote her letters.

Lauryn is serving her time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, described as a “minimum security type facility” where inmates live in “barracks type” housing.

Read her note below.

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Jul
8
Lauryn Hill Begins 3-Month Prison Sentence

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill has checked into a federal prison in Connecticut to start serving her three-month sentence for tax evasion.

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Jun
27
Lauryn Hill Speaks Out on Racism

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is using her platform to spark a conversation on racism. Following her song “Neurotic Society,” the Fugees frontwoman has penned a lengthy letter on her Tumblr page in which she calls reverse racism “absolutely ridiculous” and cries out for the injustice in America.

She relates it back to her tax evasion case, where she was sentenced to three months behind bars.

“The prosecutor, who was a woman, made a statement during sentencing about me not doing any charity work for a number of years during my ‘exile,’” she writes. “Even the judge had to comment that she, meaning I, was both having and raising children during this period. As if that was not challenging enough to do. She sounded like the echo of the grotesque slave master, who expected women to give birth while in the field, scoop the Baby up, and then continue to work. Disgusting.”

Hill has until July 8 to report to prison.

Read Lauryn’s strongly-worded letter below.

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May
31
Lauryn Hill Shares Meaning Behind ‘Neurotic Society’

Lauryn Hill

When she released her new song “Neurotic Society” earlier this month, Lauryn Hill had some listeners dissecting her lyrics while others were left scratching their heads. Now she breaks down the message behind the song. In a letter posted on her Tumblr page, Ms. Hill provides us with the CliffsNotes. She states that the record is not about anyone in particular.

“I am not targeting any particular group of people, but rather targeting everyone in our society who hides behind neurotic behavior, rather than deal with it,” writes the 37-year-old Fugees frontwoman, who launched her own label, Obverse Creation Music, with Sony.

She hopes her music will encourage change. “The overarching message of my music is to get up and stop compromising! And hopefully it will stimulate and motivate the changes that our society needs.”

Ms. Hill was sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1.8 million in earnings. She has until July 8 to surrender.

Read her full explanation below.

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May
16
Melanie Fiona Expresses Gratitude to Lauryn Hill in Open Letter

Melanie Fiona and Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill has influenced many of today’s artists, but few have been more inspired by her than Melanie Fiona. After meeting her after her show in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, the Canadian singer was compelled to write an open letter to the Fugees frontwoman.

She expressed her gratitude and appreciation, while crediting Hill for breaking down barriers and making her the artist she is today.

“My life will never be the same… It will be better… For what I received last night in energy and inspiration will most definitely make me a better artist and woman in this industry,” wrote a humbled Melanie.

Read her heartfelt words below.

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