“the miseducation of lauryn hill”.
that is still a timeless album.
even as a cub,
listening to my uncle play it over and over,
i felt that it was something special.
“ex factor” still gives me chills to this day.
i didn’t really start to understand it until i grew up.
before i loved how it made me feel,
but now after going through so much,
i understand the feelings of what she is saying.
so when a foxholer sent me an interview with robert glasper,
on “979 the box”,
about how lauryn allegedly stole the music and didn’t give proper credit,
it left me rather…
this is the interview…
starts @ 27:20
“I’ve met Stevie Wonder and hung out with Stevie Wonder. I’ve met Quincy Jones and hung out with Quincy Jones. I’ve met Herbie Hancock; hung out with Herbie Hancock. If those three people can be cool, Lauryn Hill should be able to be cool. You haven’t done enough to be the way you are. You just have not. The one thing you did that was great, you didn’t do.
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… do it!”
She couldn’t tune her guitar in rehearsal. We were in rehearsal, she had my boy Benji tune her guitar. She would come into rehearsal and say, “Benji, guitar.” And just hold it out like this. And he would run and tune her guitar.“
that is sad to read.
it’s like finding out santa or the tooth fairy don’t exist.
catching your parents putting presents under the tree,
or the money under the pillow.
that feeling of disappointment.
to his defense,
he isn’t lying on his account.
lauryn was sued in 1998 for song writing and production credit.
( x read about it here )
there is a paper trail that backs up his claims,
but i’m sure most of us don’t want to believe it.
i also believe the part about why she can’t make a sophomore album.
“lauryn is back…”
… and nada.
we still waiting on it.
i knew why tho.
she can’t top the success of the first one.
that album is a classic.
nothing she could release would be better.
she might have burned bridges and no one wants to work with her now too.
you see how late she is for her own concerts these days.
i’m talking 3 or 4 hours late.
i don’t know why folks even attempt to complain on social media.
i’ve come to accept all that is lauryn hill,
but that doesn’t take away from how iconic that album is.
even with all the bts drama being revealed,
that album will continue to define certain parts of my life.
i’m sure i’m not alone with that.
lowkey: that album really touched me.
i might have to let this drama slide the way some still cape for r kelly.
quote cc: pitchfork