Close to the 20th Anniversary of one of hip hop’s greatest albums ever came a controversial claim by musician Robert Glasper that Lauryn Hill stole the music for the iconic “Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill”.
Click play button above to watch video where the samples of the album originated.
LAURYN HILL A FRAUD?
(WWETV REPORT) Lauryn Hill has one of the most celebrated albums in the history of music. The 20th anniversary milestone was reached a few days ago, but before that one musician put into question the integrity of the artist behind the magic.
Robert Glasper took Lauryn Hill to the Gates of Hell in a recent interview as you can see below with quotes:
The Mad Hatta Morning Show on 97.9
Host: That’s why she rearranges the music on the tour, right?
Yes! All kinds of stuff. I went into it knowing, ‘Okay, you steal music.’
Host: Who steals music?
She took the credit for making the classic album. Those songs were written by other people and they did not get their credit. She likes to take credit so she can become this super person. If you’re a super person and you’re that talented…
These accusations by Glasper are not the first time they have been circulated in the music industry. Lauryn Hill has now come out to defend her art in a letter.
The Miseducation was the first time I worked with musicians outside of the Fugees who’s report and working relationship was clear. In an effort to create the same level of comfort, I may not have established the necessary boundaries and may have been more inviting than I should have been. In hindsight, I would have handled it differently for the removal of any confusion. And I have handled it differently since, I’m clear and I make clear before someone walks in the door what I am and am not looking for. I may have been inclusive, but these are my songs.
“You may be able to make suggestions, but you can’t write FOR me. I am the architect of my creative expression,” she writes. Is she not allowed to play her original versions of the songs off the classic album? According to Hill it is “a myth” and that she chooses to remix her songs “because I haven’t released an album in several years.”
When you’re a popular artist or public figure, people can sometimes forget that you’re hiring them to perform a service, and that you’re not the one there to entertain THEM. I didn’t scream or yell. Maybe I didn’t provide the experience that a musician may have wanted or expected during that time, but I was straight-forward, direct, and about the business at hand.
Lauryn Hill answers the accusations by Glasper that she isn’t professional with fellow musicians with the quote you see above. Lauryn Hill also stated that she does in fact make it a requirement to call her Ms. Hill due to her being a female and black in the entertainment industry that has a tradition of being male dominated, but denies about the requirement about not looking her straight in the eye. She let it be known that she does respect the legends who came before her in regards to icons such as Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones.
“I adore Stevie, and honor Herbie and Quincy, who are our forebears, but they’re not women.”
She also took the time to respond to rumors that she hates white people.
“And just to clear up an old urban legend that somehow people still believe, I do not hate white people. I do, however, despise a system of entitlement and oppression set up to exploit people who are different.”
Glasper was also addressed directly by L Boogie with this statement below:
Who are you to say I didn’t do enough? Most people are probably just hearing your name for the first time because you dropped MINE in an interview, controversially. Taking nothing away from your talent, but this is a fact.
You can read the whole statement.