Lauryn Hill

Sep
5
Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, and Diddy Attend Chris Lighty’s Funeral

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Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, Diddy, and Nick Cannon gathered to pay their respects to Chris Lighty at a memorial service in New York City on Wednesday.

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Aug
20
Lauryn Hill Turns Down Oprah Interview

Lauryn Hill and Oprah

Oprah has interviewed everyone from Michael Jackson to President Obama, but there’s one celebrity who has evaded her. According to the media mogul, Lauryn Hill turned down an offer to sit down with her.

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Jul
13
Rap-Up TV: Leah LaBelle Gets Props from Jay-Z, Inspiration from Lauryn Hill

Pharrell discovered her on YouTube. Jermaine Dupri co-signed her. And now Leah LaBelle is gearing up for the release of her i am OTHER/So So Def/Epic Records debut, due later this year. The Seattle songstress sat down with Rap-Up TV in Beverly Hills to chat about her album, love for Lauryn Hill, and her encounter with Jay-Z.

“The album is just a really good, feel-good album,” said the “Sexify” singer, who got her first taste of stardom on “American Idol.” “It makes you happy, it makes you want to dance. It’s gonna remind you of the good times.”

The project was produced entirely by her superstar mentors, who both rap on the J.D.-produced “100%.” “It’s a real talk song, a lady talking about I’m gonna love you and I’m down for you,” explained Leah, who cites Lauryn Hill as her “biggest inspiration.”

“She really set the road for me for who I wanted to be as an artist,” said Leah of the Fugees frontwoman. “Even to this day, I’m still Lauryn Hill all day.”

While she doesn’t get starstruck easily, she was in awe while meeting Jay-Z during his studio session with Pharrell. She witnessed the hip-hop icon record a song and even got his feedback on her music. “He shook my hand and he was like, ‘Congratulations, this is some good stuff.’”

Jul
8
Nas Brings Out Lauryn Hill at Openair Festival in Switzerland

Nas and Lauryn Hill

Over 40 hip-hop acts and DJs including 50 Cent, Drake, Ludacris, and Rick Ross were on the bill at the Openair Frauenfeld festival in Switzerland, but it was Nas who got one of the biggest reactions when he brought out Lauryn Hill. Wearing a “Life Is Good” tank top in honor of his new album, the rap veteran performed a set full of his classics before L Boogie joined him on their timeless record “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).”

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Jul
5
Lauryn Hill Surprises at The Roots’ 4th of July Jam

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Before the actual fireworks went off, Lauryn Hill lit up the stage with a surprise set at The Roots’ 4th of July Jam in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Fugees frontwoman, who recently plead guilty to tax evasion, worked up a sweat as she performed her hits including “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Ex-Factor” in a short white dress with red and python platform heels. Common, Queen Latifah, and Joe Jonas were also on the bill.

Watch Ms. Hill set off sparks with her spirited set.

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Jun
29
Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion, Faces Prison Time

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Lauryn Hill is facing three years behind bars after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

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Jun
8
Lauryn Hill Addresses Tax Evasion Charges

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Lauryn Hill has turned to the Internet once again to express her thoughts. After sharing her support for Nicki Minaj following her Summer Jam cancellation, the former Fugees member is addressing tax evasion reports.

Earlier this week, TMZ reported that Hill had failed to file federal tax returns in 2005, 2006, and 2007 when she earned more than $1.8 million. She is being charged with three counts of misdemeanor failure to file taxes and could face up to one year in prison for each count and $300,000 in fines.

But Ms. Hill is firing back. In a lengthy letter posted on her Tumblr page, the 37-year-old singer claims to have removed herself and her family from society during those three years in order to “keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger.” Read her explanation below.

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