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Lauryn Hill Speaks On Musical Hiatus

 

As Lauryn Hill has stepped out of hiding, the former member of The Fugees reveals where she has been and why she decided to step away from music.

Ever since placing herself in exile, many have only wondered what was going on in her mind and appearances only made fans scratch their heads in disbelief of the woman before them.

During an interview with NPRMusic, Ms. Hill finally sets the record straight on why she stepped away when she could have ruled Hip-Hop.

“…partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it.”

[Check for more on what kept Hill out of music and what's next]

The singer/rapper elaborated on the lack of industry presence when it came to catering to the needs of their artists outside of music and not providing the necessary creative space.

“In fact, as musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment — and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the [music] industry, that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society, or at least some aspect of society. And it’s important that people be given the time that they need to go through, to grow, so that the consciousness level of the general public is properly affected.”

Along with the music industry, Hill noted the fact that she is the mother to 5 children, so it was necessary that she make sure her kids were taken care of before she even thought about placing focus back on her career.  Now with her youngest child being 2, she now feels like she can perform more and is starting to feel the energy once again.

“I’m starting to get excited again. Believe it or not, I think what people are attracted to about me, if anything, is my passion. People got exposed to my passion through music and song first. I think people might realize, you know, ‘We love the way she sounds, we love the music, but I think we just love how fearless she is. How boundless she is, when it comes to what she wants to do.’ And I think that can be infectious.”

From the sound of things, it feels like a new album isn’t just an urban legend anymore.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Comment Comments: 18 Tags Tags: hip hop news, the fugees
  • akka

    and she’s back.

  • MzM

    Welcome back Lauryn!

  • Pantherbaby

    I love Lauryn Hill she was a great singer and she could rap she’s been out of the game awhile and is now the mother of five children so I’m sure she has a lot to talk about I can’t wait to hear it.

  • LunaC

    Please hurry back!

  • Detroit

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssss Lauyrn……Show these so-called hip hop artist what real hip hop is all about :):):):):):):)

  • LYRICS

    COME ON BACK L-BOOGIE!! WE MISS U!!!!!

  • LBOOGIE FAN

    PLEASSSSE LAURYN COMEBACK!!!! – WE NEED YOU SOOOO BAD IN THIS SOCIETY. YOUR MUSIC HEALED AND IS STILL HEALING SO MANY WOUNDS.

  • Mona G

    Lauryn I have looked up to you for so long and I continue to do so. I believe in my heart that you have a gift from GOD and i cannot wait for your return. Would love to see you perform here in Mississippi.

  • BlackIsBeautiful

    LOVE YOU LAURYN!!! GLAD YOUR BACK!!!!!! :D

  • PurdyEyesSkinNailz

    Wow. It’s almost too good to believe. If she comes back? Like she was before? A lot of ‘artists’ will have to sit down.

  • arkansas speaks

    love you miss you and will be glad to see you back , and i understand what you are saying and what you needed to do for you goodbless you.

  • Ciottie’

    L BOOGIE YAY… I MEAN SHE PAVED THE WAY FOR ALOT OF ARTIST SUCH AS MY WIFEY JAZMINE SULLIVAN AND I THINK SHELL BE MORE INSIPIRING THAN EVER BEFORE LOL… BUT YEAH COME ON BACK SIS!! LOVE YA ALWAYS..

    - CIOTTIE

  • debbieDUE in the 757

    OMG! we need you back in the game i see you ready to comeback and i say WELCOME BACK MS.HILL YOU HAVE BEEN MISS DEARLY JUST TO HEAR YOU COMING BACK GOT MY EYES TEARING UP WE LOVE YOU IN VA. THE 757 MUCH LOVE TO YOU!!

  • http://www.rhymesandpolitics.com Lady Iva

    Rock the Bells ’10!!!! Lauryn Hill is headlining! I cannot wait to see her. It’s time for her to get back into the studio and show these female MCs how to really do it! Like Rah Digga said, “I know we all miss Lauryn!”

    http://www.rhymesandpolitics.com

  • N. BATTISTE

    LAUREN YOU HAVE TRUELY BEEN MISSED IN THE MUSIC WORLD, SO MANY ARTIST DON’T KNOW WHAT HIP-HOP AND R&B MUSIC IS…….

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  • MsGV

    Our arms are wide open and waiting for you honey.

  • http://dawn.tippett@yahoo.com lauryn hill

    OMG, I woke up one day and thought I heard you singing on the radio and I swear it made me sit up in the bed, but I was very disapointed when it wasn’t you but jazmine sullivan, don’t get me wrong she’s good, but shes not lauryn hill. I need to hear you next time I wake up. Hurry back.