Lauryn Hill’s debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, has been deemed a national treasure by the Library of Congress. Relive your ’90s childhood and listen to the album in full below:
Photo: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album cover
Nearly six months after Lauryn Hill finished serving prison time for tax evasion, the IRS is back on the singer’s case.
The Fugees star was recently hit with yet another batch of bills from the IRS.
Last week, we reported that Lauryn Hill was recently released after serving a prison sentence for tax evasion. Hill was supposed to be under house arrest for three months, but now a judge has granted her permission to delay house arrest so that she can go on tour.
Ms. Hill ended her three-month prison stint for tax evasion last Friday (Oct. 4) and plans to begin a series of live shows from Nov. 15 through the end of the year. […] while Hill is required to log dates, locations and other details with her probation officer, the site says her three-month home confinement will now begin on New Year’s Day.
Lauryn Hill is once again a free woman after serving three months in prison for failing to pay more than $1.8 million in taxes between 2005 and 2007.
The Grammy-award winning artist pleaded guilty earlier this year.
Her new single “Consumerism” was released on the last day of her sentence.
Her new single Consumerism is a spirited rap attack on societal ills. She targets ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, “compromised commercialism” and “neo McCarthyism” in the track.The single picks up on criticism Hill made at the time of her arrest in 2012. On a post on her Tumblr blog she chastised pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”
Lauryn Hill has penned a letter to her fans from behind bars.
M.s Hill thanks her supporters, and shares a bit about her experience thus far.
“I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials.
Ahead of her three month jail sentence for tax evasion, Lauryn Hill posted a lengthy open letter on her Tumblr.
In it, Hill breaks down and dismisses the concept of “reverse racism,” addresses the continued oppression of African Americans, and discusses her tax troubles and trial.
The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous. Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries.
A couple of weeks ago, writer Monica Miller called out Lauryn Hill for what she felt were homophobic lyrics in Hill’s latest song, “Neurotic Society.”
In a piece that appeared on BET.com, writer Monica Miller claimed that Hill’s use of terms like “girl men” and “drag queens” perpetuated injustice.
Well, Hill has responded to those claims in her latest post on Tumblr:
Considering her imminent three month stay in federal prison, things must be extraordinarily difficult for Lauryn Hill and her family at this time.
But Ms. Hill still took the time out to thank those that expressed support and encouragement throughout her legal struggles.
She recently posted a letter on her Tumblr, naming specific individuals who wrote letters to the judge on her behalf; including Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder.
I want to extend a sincere thank you to the following people, who wrote letters to the judge on my behalf:
Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to 3 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as well as another 3 months of home confinement.
Additionally, she’ll serve a year of probation and must pay a $60,000 fine.
In a courtroom statement, Hill contended that she’d always intended to pay her taxes, but was unable to come up with the money during a time in which she’d dropped out of the music industry.
Hill will begin serving her sentence on July 8th.
Lauryn Hill released a new song over the weekend, her first since 2010’s “Repercussions.”
The track – titled “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” – features rapid-fire spitting and biting social commentary, over a spastic beat.
The release is apparently a part of her recent deal with Sony, allowing her to avoid jail time. Hill addressed the less-than-ideal circumstances surrounding the release in a Tumblr post:
With rumors swirling regarding her financial/legal/musical situation, Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr to set the record straight.
In an open letter to the public, Hill asserts that her legal troubles and new record deal are two entirely separate issues.
And she doubles down on her long-held criticism of the music industry.
As reported yesterday, embattled Hip Hop legend Lauryn Hill has been given two weeks to pay $504,000 in back taxes, or face jail time.
Well, Ms. Hill can probably cover her debts after all.
She has reportedly signed a new $1 million deal with Sony to record new music, and will take out a loan to pay off her tax bill.
Lauryn Hill was set to be sentenced today for tax evasion; she failed to report $1.8 million in income during 2005, 2006 and 2007.
But Ms. Hill caught a break.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo has postponed sentencing, and given her two weeks to come up with $504,000 in back taxes.
If she does not pay that amount by May 6th, Hill faces 24-30 months in jail.
By Robert Lee Mitchell III
Lauryn Hill recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion last June. She claimed she didn’t pay her taxes because she went “underground.” Let’s take a look back at the woman who changed a generation.
In 1998, Hill’s solo debut album was released to critical acclaim. To date, the album has sold over 19 million copies and was nominated for 10 Grammys of which Hill took home 5 in 1999. This feat is remarkable because Hill, a young black woman, was an unwed mother. In an era when black women were seen as video vixens or welfare queens, Hill showed us that despite the negative tropes, a black mother’s love could endure society’s attacks. Instead of hanging her head in shame and apologizing for Zion’s conception, Hill sung a love letter to him. In the song “To Zion,” Hill pushes back against the salient advice her peers gave her in a poetically aggressive way:
“Woe this crazy circumstance / I knew his life deserved a chance / But everybody told me to be smart. / ‘Look at your career,’ they said. / ‘Lauryn, baby, use your head.’ / But instead I chose to use my heart.”
Lauryn Hill was special. She was an actress, a singer, a songwriter, and even a rapper. Her voice, a voice that only pain and experience can give one, told the story that so many of us were living to hear. Love was exceptional, love was rare, love was fleeting, and love was worth the chase.
Lauryn Hill made a surprise appearance at Philadelphia’s 4th of July Celebration hosted by The Roots.
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