Friday, April 26, 2013

Lauryn Hill Explains New Record Deal


After she was given two weeks to come up with half a million dollars in back taxes it was announced that Lauryn Hill had signed a record deal with Sony [click here if you missed that].

Ms. Hill details her new deal and refutes claims it has anything to do with her current legal problems...

It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.
I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.
It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs. I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.
The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).
Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything. I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.
MLH

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lauren please, you could have saved yourself 20 minutes and just told the truth. You signed a deal with Sony so that you could pay the IRS and stay out of jail. Anyone with common sence would do the same.

Anonymous said...

She has gorgeous skin. Work it but don't twerk it Lauryn.

Anonymous said...

^^^So yeah... she just said the OPPOSITE of all that. If that was the truth, why would she feel the need to address the rumor directly denying it? She could have left it alone. I'm not saying there isn't any ulterior motives, but you don't know this woman's financial story.

Bee Gee said...

Just pay dem taxes, guh

Either way it's good to see her with a plan for more music under her own control. The industry graveyard is filled with the skeletal remains of artists that would still be "alive" if they had operated on some independent shit, or something similar..

Anonymous said...

UNPLUGGED 2.0... the sequel

Anonymous said...

R IN NYC SAYS:

Today I'm offering up free seats and I'm gonna give Lauryn 456,734,289 of them!

Chile please.....does she really think the public is dumb enough to believe this didn't have anything to do with her little tax problem?

It's still way too early for this foolishness.

Anonymous said...

Her financial story is that she is broke. Duh!!!! Laying up with a broke baby daddy is not getting her anywhere. Why didn't he come up with money to help her pay her taxes. He is bob marley son, has a business and he couldn't help her out. She has more excuses for everything just like a negro avoiding jail. That miseducation didn't teach her anything but running her mouth

Anonymous said...

I can't really read btween the lines and decipher all this. Just sang girl!

Anonymous said...

Well I all can say is that I hope Lauryn really gets herself together and come out with that follow up album we've been waiting on since forever.

Anonymous said...

Riiiiight... anyhoo, get that money girl and keep it real.

Lauryns been away for a minute and it seems as if shes anti mainstream, with that being said, 2013 Lauryn seems like the type to have her own label, ijs.

Anonymous said...

She farts out nutty schizo-friendly psychobabble and her fans just eat it up. The woman needs help.

AST said...

R IN NYC your dumb ass just used the same seats line in another post today. Try again or take one of your own lame ass seats.

Anyway, even if Lauryn does comes back it's not like there's a market for her today, she's actually talented. How would that sell?

Anonymous said...

Lauryn......just sing......do not talk or write.

Anonymous said...

9:07 basically... Lmbo

Anonymous said...

In conclusion,
her ass is down on her luck and she has to sign her soul away to get "Dhatt Paper"....
Lauryn, ya ass talk to motherfucking much!!!!

Anonymous said...

can't wait to hear her new stuff. can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Lauryn seems to stil be on her "Unplugged" isht. I can't wait to hear her new music.

Labels swindle artists out of millions of dollars, then in order to recoup their loss the label binds them to a contract which comprimises and stunts their creativity. That's why a majority of the artists making music today are making that "dumb-down" music. In order for an artist to do them and express their creativity and artistry they have to start up their own labels and go independent. Like Eve. I'm looking forward to her new album also.

SN: Lauryn's skin in the above pic is absolutely beautiful. Flawless.

Anonymous said...

Anyway, even if Lauryn does comes back it's not like there's a market for her today, she's actually talented. How would that sell?
9:53 AM

Exactly. This is a Beyonce and Rihanna world (gag me), who will be here for Lauryn? I'm a stan so i'll be here for her, but most these kids never even heard "Miseducation". They wont be able to relate and Lauryn will be back to where she started, struggling to pay off the devil(Sony). I guess she'll aim for the Adult contemporary audience, I.E. Adele

Anonymous said...

and after all of that being said lauryn, you STILL choose to sign with sony. just remember what MJ said.

Anonymous said...

Translation: Rohan won't help me raise dem babies

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your new material Lauryn, you can do it!!
Preach the raw truth and sick it to the machine!!

IAINTMADATCHA said...

LOL @ 9:53. I believe Lauren has always been an intelligent and talented woman; I just think good dack made her ass goes crazy, and the music became secondary.

And I agree Bee Gee, that industry graveyard you speak of is quite large. SMH

Anonymous said...

That was articulate and eloquent but really Lauren we know the real truth. Lauren has always been an intelligent woman and she's doing what she has to do now. She left the matrix now she has no other choice but to enter back into it. I dont know how she's going to survive in this new era. She has her stans, I'm not one of them, so maybe she can go the Eryka Badu route or something. We'll see how successful she is. It sounds like she saying she has her own indie label but distribution by Sony, but I SERIOUSLY doubt that.

Anonymous said...

I can't lie, I miss the woman's voice in music. I'll be supporting her music no matter what her personal business is. I heart Lauryn.

I telz it likes it iz said...


who is she trying to convince with this 'it was just a coincidence' ish cuz I'm damn sure not buying it! But whatever, just hoping we get some quality music out of all of this

Anonymous said...

I can't really read btween the lines and decipher all this. Just sang girl!
9:08 AM


What she really means is this:

"See, what had happened was... I was so busy trying to be anti-establishment that I thought I could make a political statement by not paying my taxes. I didn't realize that I would not be immune to the repercussions from skipping out on my tax debts, because who would put a mother of 7 small children in jail? Really?

"So now I have to go back to the slave master and beg for forgiveness for all of the bad things I have said about the industry. I am beggin' massa to put me back on that chain gang so I can truly repent (and get my taxes paid off real quick)".

Anonymous said...

There are some foolish people in here, they can barely comprehend her writing so in frustration they point to her past and claim she's lying. Lol don't you know that God forgives? You just have to repent and humble yourself. God also prepares a table in the midst of your enemies if you serve him. This deal is an example of just that.

Lauryn has fans, there are also still plenty of mature individuals out there craving for stimulating conscious music. Not everyone's brain has been turned to mush that can only be filled with sexually charged, excessive material flaunting and drunken drugged up in the strip club "music".

Anonymous said...

L-Boog your music is long awaited! We know you will not disappoint. People are just now getting Unplugged because they are waking up and becoming aware of society's ills ie the mind control, psychological locks and boxes they place us in.

I GET OUT!

IAINTMADATCHA said...

"Not everyone's brain has been turned to mush that can only be filled with sexually charged, excessive material flaunting and drunken drugged up in the strip club "music"."
_________________________________
My brain is close to mush when I hear this:

I heard your boo was talking lip.
I told my crew to smack that chick
Smack that chick, Smack that chick
Guess what they did, smack that chick

Dumb ass fucking music today.....

zeeedeee said...

The fact that she suddenly felt compelled to speaj on this is suspect....imma give her a chance to speak thru her music...we who wanna know will hear her...they think we stupid...if that shit aint legit im tuned out...great artist do have to fight for creative control but they dont go back once they win..do they? anyway L we know it got to do with $.....just fuckin work it out and dont sell out for it....girl the struggle lives on....drop that science

Anonymous said...

Ms Hill ain't not slave. You think a woman of such intelligence and insight would allow herself to be taken advantage of? You best believe this contract is on her terms just like Prince made them do. Not all the artist in the industry are slaves and puppets. She called them out on Unplugged so they put out a smear campaign on her and got you all believing she's crazy and what not. People comment and mock her personal life and don't even know her, just going of what gossip blogs put out like they credible sources. Let her be. At least she ain't putting out destructive music that's leading young girls astray and focused on shallow things that don't define the heart and soul.

"They've got, heh, so much things to say right now
They've got so, so much things to say
But let them keep talking, oh let them keep talking
'cause non of them walking, oh non of them walking, no
And while they still talking, see I'ma be walking
I'ma be walking, so let them keep talking
Said I never forget no way, how they crucified Jesus Christ
And I, I'll never forget, how they sold Marcus Garvey for rice
Said I, never forget, how they turned their backs on Paul Bogle
So non of you, non of you forget...
Who you are, and where you stand in the struggle
'cause when this rain, 'cause when this rain, rain, rain, rain, rain falls
It don't fall on one man's house, I'm telling you the rain...
I'm telling you the rain, rain, rain, rain, rain don't fall
It don't fall... they...
They've got, they've got, so many very things to say about me
I'm telling you: lie
They, and they, and they will have so many things
They'll have so many things to say about you... to say about you
'cause they don't know me, know me
They don't know me, oh they don't know me, oh they don't know me
Oh they don't know me well
They, they, they, they, they, they, they don't know my Father
'cause if they did, if they did... hey ey... theeey... heh.."

So Much Things to Say
-Lauryn Hill-

Anonymous said...

"I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings."

Now i know she crazy

Anonymous said...

@1:58p

She's not crazy, you're just simple and lack understanding and knowledge. What she said, which you clearly don't understand, is what artists like George Michael, Prince and Michael Jackson, just to name a few stood up and fought for. They are true artists that did not want to be controlled by a repressive system and have their artistic voices muffled.

Anyone who doesn't understand that is mentally challenged and needs to go back to listening to Gucci Man and Beyonce. Smh

Anonymous said...

1:58

"What's got 'em drunk off the spirits?
Truth comes, we can hear it
And you've been programmed to fear it"

That line just got so real. Lauryn is genius. No wonder Kanye, before selling out, sampled 'I Get Out' and tried to drop a little consciousness. She inspires other rappers.

If you can't make your case for why you think that statement deems her as "crazy" without name calling and belittling her then don't speak or else you just sound disgruntled and angry for no reason.

Anonymous said...

"Now I know she crazy"

Sounds like something that should be said in a slave accent ending in "massa".

Slave: "Nows I knowed she crazy massa, youz is always rite!" I lub my massa fo keepin deez here blindfolds on meh, da troof iz sho nuff scurry massa".

Slave Master: And that's why I keeps you from reading, and knowledge, it keeps yo black animal ass in the dark boi!

Anonymous said...

Sooooo if I cut all my hair off, burn incense,start playing the guitar and starve myself during pregnancies will I become labeled "conscious?"

Anonymous said...

^As long as you know what "conscious" means.

Anonymous said...

This Sister is deep, Lauren will always be okay cause she is really talented. May the wind always be at your back Lauren.

Anonymous said...

@2:18PM Everyone has their lane and Beyonce has hers just as Lauren has hers. Beyonce is an impeccable entertainer; Lauren is a remarkable grio, a truth teller, please do not compare the two they are akin to comparing apples to oranges. You are setting up a competition (or a beef) where there is none. Both are brilliant in their genres. I love both of these Sisters.

Anonymous said...

@3:47

You are somewhat correct. Forgive me, bad example. Beyonce is talented however her image is questionable as it pertains to impressionable youth. I used her as an example because of the generic mindless music she sings. Also, her fans are hypnotized by her image that they are blind to everything else she promotes, ie sexualising, debasing women although she's an alleged "feminist".

Anonymous said...

"Sooooo if I cut all my hair off, burn incense,start playing the guitar and starve myself during pregnancies will I become labeled "conscious?"

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

This comment speaks depths to your ignorance. Who told you that is what defines a conscious person? That is a stereotypical image. I know plenty of conscious individuals who aren't walking around looking like mother Africa or a freedom fighter. Your mind is in a psychological box just like Lauryn sang about.

Consciousness is from the mind boo, not your outer appearance. Your chains are so constricting that you can't even think properly. Free yourself. smh

Anonymous said...

Consciousness is a state of mind bozo! A shallow person would make a comment like that. Smh

zeeedeee said...

@1:42 thats what im talkin bout....thank u it was like a breath of fresh air

Anonymous said...

LOL @ starve myself during pregnancy. Matter of fact lol @ the whole post!.!!

Anonymous said...

Ok, ok, oh-FUCK-ing kay!!! All of you who hated my "conscious" post have made great points. Starving myself and living off a man's love and energy during my pregnancies (like Lauryn) would probably render me "UNconscious!"

Anonymous said...

@3:47PM When did Beyonce ever perpetuate your idea to bring the kiddies to her show? Beyonce is the new Tina Turner just as Lauren is a new age Nina Simone; I don't think either is suitable for children. However, both are brilliant (in my humble opinion).

Anonymous said...

You might win some, but you just lost one...

Anonymous said...

R IN NYC SAYS:

oh my word....I have a stalker on RWS. This bitch actually hunted me down in another post to throw that shade.

Da hell? Lawd have mercy help this po' chile. She wants my attention sooooooo bad.

But alas, I do have a life and I must get back to it!

#BitchGetYourLifeSoYouCanGetOufOfMine!

SMOOCHEZ!!!!

AND I HAVE STILL HAVE MORE SEATS TO GIVE OUT.

THIS LESBIAN BITCH CAN HAVE 569,234,346 OF THEM SO SHE CAN GET OUT MY PUSSY!

Anonymous said...

@8:41, 8:50, 9:06, 9:10, 11:37, 12:11, 12:14, 1:08, 1:14, 1:35, 1:42, 2:18, 2:28, 2:35, 2:59, 3:36, 3:47, 4:11...

there is so much truth in here tonight...

Anonymous said...

With regard to the dangers inherent in Lauren's Sony deal:

All we have to do is refuse to let another one of gems be taken, baby girl.

Anonymous said...

Leave Beyonce out of this shit. Her music sucks.

Anonymous said...

She is actually telling the truth. The deal has been in the talks for awhile and she is reuniting with the man who discovered her. He relaunched the original label and they have partnered with Sony. Don't believe me, call me a liar...but just wait. RH and Her are back to business.

Anonymous said...

"Fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they need."

Anonymous said...

Just remember what Sony did to MJ, other artists. Even the most gifted performer can be fooled by dirt. Very worried.

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