Remember her? A Jersey native. She embodied cool from jump. The essence of Black beauty, talent, and a seer-like wisdom way beyond her years. She is naturally beautiful, photogenic, interesting, and the camera loves her. Even Dr. Dre wanted to work with her in the beginning of her career–he saw it too.
We were first introduced to Lauren Hill, via The Fugees, and she killed us softly. We were never the same. She then furthered the punch with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and 10 million copies later; Ms. Lauryn Hill became her generations Nina Simone. Singing about every social issue affecting the new millennium, her album pulled no punches. She stood for the truth and would not compromise that.
The record executives at all of the record labels are all part of a cabal that is backed by the elilte and its sole purpose is to make money from the talent of the young, hungry, naive artists, who are literally forced to sign contracts that enslaved and controlled them.
For the last 7 years, there has been a lot of talk about the Illuminati’s takeover of the music industry–Hip Hop in particular. It’s been talked about in barber shops, beauty shops, chat rooms, Youtube, Twitter, facebook; even DVD’s created discussing it. The countless famous names that have been dropped as either being part of or damaged by the Illuminati reads like a Who’s Who. Whatever the arguments, there’s no denying that this corruption or takeover literally played a part in the downfall in one of Hip Hop’s brightest and gifted artists.
When Lauryn started with the Fugees, she stood out as the talent of the group. People knew she was a star that was meant to shine. Their first album, Blunted on Reality, was a nice debut of the group but it wasn’t until they released the smash album, The Score (selling over 2 million copies worldwide) giving them superstar status. Back to back popular singles, Fugee-lah and Killing Me Softly (radio couldn’t get enough) that took the group to the next level but the primary focus was on Lauryn, given her natural presence being the attraction of the group. The Score would reach multi-platinum status, becoming one of the highest selling albums of 1996–even earning the group a Grammy nomination, but this would mark the end of the group and the beginning of their solo careers.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 1998
Lauryn was working on her solo album around this time. She was taking a different direct for her music. There was tension between the Fugees crew, mainly between Wyclef and Lauryn. He was noticeably absent from her new album. Some of the songs on the album obviously hinted at the tension. In addition, Lauryn was battling her label over her new sound and where she wanted to take her album. They wanted her to to take another route but Lauren had a vision for her album and wanted it another way. She felt the label’s idea would throw off the concept of her album so she stuck to her guns. The album went on to becoming a critical and commercial success. Lauryn had won. She became a mega solo act overnight. Big doors were opening up for her; larger ones than with the Fugees. She became the first woman to be nominated for 10 Grammy’s in one year and win 5 in one night. The album would remain as one of the greatest albums to come out in a decade. Had everything worked right, Lauryn would have become a successful artist but a positive spokesperson for young Black women and sex symbol in her own right. Agreed.
So what happened?
The first issue was being sued by the group New Ark who claimed to have written over 95% of her album. This was a serious accusation, giving the impression that Lauryn was a fraud and was not writing her songs. The label settled for 5 million. Fame started to become too much for her. She despised having to maintain a “perfect” image all the time.
She felt that label heads had too much power over her. Then her relationship with Rohan Marley was on the rocks. She had to make some changes. She fired her entire management team. Stopped watching television, doing interviews, and became a mystery all together and vanishing from the industry all together. In her own words: “I had to step away when I realized that for the sake of the machine, I was being way too compromised. I felt uncomfortable about having to smile in someone’s face when I really didn’t like them or even know them well enough to like them.”
The rumors would swarm of her going crazy, doing drugs, joining a cult and having a nervous breakdown. The answers to those question would be revealed in an MTV unplugged special where Lauryn made her first appearance in years. This was a different Lauryn. She sat on a stool with a guitar, no make-up, her trademark locks gone–replaced with a baseball cap and headband. She seemed depressed, looking for a way out of the life she had chosen.
To this day, I refuse to watch that performance.
She would vanish again only to appear in the 2004 Dave Chappelle Block Party, reuniting with Clef and Pras, fueling rumors of a reunion, but that would not be. As before, egos would clash. Wyclef accused Lauryn of diva tactics, claiming her insistence on being called, “Ms. Hill.” Her behavior would extend also in not showing up for rehearsals or showing up late for performances. Her erratic behavior would continue over the years, wearing bizarre costumes when performing shows. Her fans would become extremely angry at her behavior, particularly showing up almost an hour late for shows. Going as far as to show up in clown wigs, bad make-up, and circus outfits. The memes were unforgivable.
Lauryn was clearly battling something or just trying to figure out how to get out of the rabbit hole. This would seem to end when she had to do 3 months for tax evasion in 2013.
Entering Into The Light
Looking at the Big Picture, perhaps everything that happened to Lauryn was her way of not selling her soul to the record labels that wanted to control her. She found out the truth and like Dave Chappelle, she walked away, rather than end up like Whitney Houston.
Today, people like Jay-Z, Swizz Beats, and Beyonce have reached out but some see it as a trick of the elite to use these known Illuminati pawns to draw her back to the evil. They hate it when people reject them or leave (they won’t let you leave).
She’s made surprise appearance on albums by Kanye West, Method Man and had a song dedicated to her from Talib Kweli. In May of this year, The Fugees front-woman received the Golden Note Award at ASCAP’s 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.
Lauryn Hill has been through a lot in the course of 20 years, including birthing 5 children. She is a magnificent artist and deserves to be happy. I can only wish her the best.
One of her best performances (2013)