August 28, 2018

Lauryn Hill Responds to Accusations Made by Robert Glasper

Lauryn Hill has finally responded to accusations made by jazz pianist Robert Glasper that she stole music from his musician friends. FROM THE NEW YORK POST PAGE SIX

First of all let us say that the claims made by Robert Glasper ("The One Thing You Did Great, You Didn't Do!") seem credible given the fact that Lauryn Hill has only released one studio album, an incredible one at that, but only one to date in her career. (She did release an MTV unplugged live album in 2002) As a prolific a talent as many and many have claimed Lauryn to be; it's hard to believe that she hasn't felt the need to bring forth new material in the 2000's. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released in 1998. It also doesn't help Lauryn's cause when her sets at concerts are usually a far departure of what her audiences are yearning or expect to hear from her.

“You may be able to make suggestions, but you can’t write FOR me,” she wrote in a lengthy essay published to Medium on Monday. “I am the architect of my creative expression. No decisions are made without me. I hire master builders and masterful artisans and technicians who play beautifully, lend their technical expertise, and who translate the language that I provide into beautifully realized music.”

Earlier this month, Glasper went on a Houston radio station and claimed that Hill stole music featured on her classic album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” and passed it off as her own.

“You can’t come into a situation, especially when you’ve already stolen all my friends’ music,” he said during an interview with KBXX’s “The Mad Hatta Morning Show.” “‘Miseducation’ was made by great musicians and producers that I know, personally. So you got a big head off of music you didn’t even write.”

In addition to denying his accusations of musical theft, Hill also asked why he would work with her if he was so sure she had stolen his friends’ work.

Hill tackled some of Glasper’s other criticisms, including his claim that she would yank musicians around, cutting their pay right before performances and firing them at a whim. [Read the rest of the article...]

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The website Medium posted Lauryn Hill's reply:

I’ve remained patient and quiet for a very long time, allowing people to talk, speculate, and project, while keeping my nose to the grindstone fighting for freedoms many folks aren’t even aware matter. The arrogance of presumption that allows someone to think that they could have all the facts about another person’s life and experience, is truly and remarkably… presumptuous.

People can sometimes confuse kindness for weakness, and silence for weakness as well. When this happens, I have to speak up.

I apologize for the delay in getting this posted, I was late in hearing about it. I understand this is long, but my last interview was over a decade ago…

Read the reply here:
‘Addressing Robert Glasper and other common misconceptions about me (in no particular order)’

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