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Lauryn Hill Talks About Why She Left Music!

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We're shocked! She usually never speaks to the press!

With a few small exceptions, Lauryn Hill has been somewhat a recluse since the smash success of her 1998 album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and hasn't recorded anything else.

Many have speculated that she had some sort of breakdown, but gurlfriend is finally putting all the rumors to rest by explaining why she left music behind!

She explains:

"There were a number of different reasons. But 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. 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. Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely. And then that sound radiates."

But rest assured, she is starting to perform again, and may even record another album!

"I'm trying to open up my range and really sing more. With The Fugees initially, and even with Miseducation, it was very hip-hop — always a singing over beats. I don't think people have really heard me sing out. So if I do record again, perhaps it will have an expanded context. Where people can hear a bit more."

We hope so, bb! And if not, it's still good to hear from you!

You have been missed!

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44 comments to “Lauryn Hill Talks About Why She Left Music!”

  1. 1

    "You killing me softly…."

    Why must she leave? I fucking love her! Better come back!

  2. 2

    I guess she finally got ahold of some really good bipolar meds.

  3. 3

    Support system?? A nuturing envoronment?? As a woman - news flash there ain't a whole lotta nuturing supprt systems especially in the public eye! Look at Jennifer Hudson (just at the top of my head) Look at all the success and accomplishments you may have missed out on because you have been a recluse for 12 years! Get over yourself! If you needed a "break" than just say so - don't cry about growing for over a decade. You are a mother for christs sake. I think she just realized she needs to work to support herself and wants a dramatic mystery comeback to fufill a payday. Yea, even I'll admit to being one of the first to listen, but this is why we should not listen to these eccentric sociopathic celebrities. If you cared about the fans you would have "grown" with us. She was scared to get rejected or lose her mind. First A-Team and Karate Kid and now THIS. NEXT!

  4. 4

    I think the problem is they're taken care of to much. "To little support". I bet her bank account doesn't support that statement.

  5. 5

    OMG I hope she comes back!!!!!!! Shes amazing and shes been through so much i really hope she has a successful comeback all i know is that i will be rooting for her

  6. 6

    Re: Briwill – I meant to say don't BELIEVE them, because they are liars. Just enjoy their music. Most of em are full of shit and pay ppl big money to tell em what ta say!!!!

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  8. 8

    All "singers" should take note from her music. Now THAT's talent.

  9. 9

    She is a great singer BUT she really needs to get over herself. Support system? What typical American worker goes to work and gets coddled by their boss? Welcome to the real world Lauryn. Normal people don't go to work to get therapy. Most people go to their friends and family for a support system. If that doesn't work or they dont have a support group, they seek a psychologist. Sounds like you should go fine one of those and quit making your profession out to be like you are saving lives. You are a singer who entertains. These singers and actors always seem to talk like they are saving the world.

  10. 10

    she was gurlfriend of WhyCleaf jean. for this reason fugees split up

  11. 11

    loved the miseducation cd!

  12. 12

    she is so beautiful and talented. I hope she starts making music again, the industry is missing real strong talented (non-slutty) women like Lauryn.

  13. 13

    yea and plus the one song on her unplugged album that condemned bisexuality…

  14. 14

    She is the shit… no matter what state of mind she is in. Lauryn lived and almost died for a man that didn't love her that same way that she loved him. Hopefully she is over the douche bag!

  15. 15

    i just cant get over the fact of how racist she is, her voice amazing , she wrote a couple of good songs but still shes a racist. i just cant get past that. and that speech she made? what a load of crap she just wants the money. i hope her "Career" goes down like a lead balloon.

  16. 16

    What she meant by "support system" is producers that won't sue her. She did not write miseducation on her own, but took full create for it. It was only natural that the producers would sue her because they wanted credit for their work, which they should have gotten. They won their case and she had to pay them an undisclosed amount of $, and release the credit to the producers. Then her and drugs started. She is an amazing talent. I would love another album out of her, but she cannot pull some shat $hit like she did on the last one. If someone else works on the album they should be reconized for it. Sista girl doesn't have to worry, her talent alone will stand out. She just needs to do it right and fair this time.

  17. 17

    Miseducation is a moden masterpiece. I just hope unlike Whitney Houston her voice is still intact after years away.

    I'd welcome her back instantly if she can still sing like she used to

  18. 18

    She is such a great talent. That "Miseducation" album was unbelievable. Come back Lauren, come back!

  19. 19

    She needs to do something about that rat's nest on top of her head!!!!! Blech!

  20. 20

    I really think its because she was scared on how many people WOULDN'T buy her album. She'd rather have children starve than white people buy her album. Well shit, you know this white girl ain't spending a dollar on her. Starve Zion.

  21. 21

    hack couldn't cut it! that simple.

  22. 22

    Re: Briwill – I agree, great post…

  23. 23

    How quickly we forget when black people say racist stuff.

  24. 24

    Bitch is racist

  25. 25

    What a brilliant woman. I really hope she records another album.

    "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."

    She hit the nail on the head.

  26. 26


  27. 27

    I love Lauryn Hill as an artist…she's very talented…BUT, I totally think she had a breakdown…which can happen to ANY of us… But, in her first paragraph, that's exactly what sounds like happened…and, we ALL saw how she acted before she basically disappeared… I really hope she's in a better place, and really can go on with her music career… I do agree with her, though… They aren't going to support you, especially when you don't have a #1 song at the time… Fall off the TOP 10, and they'll act as if you never existed in the first place!! Sad…

  28. 28


  29. 29

    Re: dirtyfinger – LOL! I AGREE!

  30. 30

    Who Cares?

  31. 31

    She's just another bitter, black woman that hates whitey.
    Like Mrs. Flopbama.
    Lauryn's probably broke. Has had time to rethink her shit for brains.
    Probably misses all those pesky reporters asking stupid questions.
    KStew will go through the same reawakening in the future.
    Would never buy LH's music. I'm the whitey she hates.
    This is the direct result of the "racebaiter industry".
    It's what the Rev. Wright's preach.
    I could have been a big fan, bought many cd's like Aretha, instead of turning my white back, on this once talented woman.

  32. 32

    Why can't most singers be like her??? She seems humble and kind… I wanna meet her and ask her a whole whack of questions… :)

  33. 33

    OH YES let's welcome back the woman who said on a radio station that she would rather see her child DEAD than have white people buy her album

  34. 34

    More often than not, When someone breaks into the business and achieves stardom they become spoiled by the success and the life they live. Some people cant handle it. They develop a whole slew of mental issues bordering on sociopathy and narcissism and often turn to drugs and alcohol. By mentioning a "support system" maybe she means that there needs to be people in your life to guide you and make sure you dont go down a bad road. In her case, maybe that support system wasn't there and that lead to a breakdown.

  35. 35

    i love her! LAUREN I'M A FAN AND IM STILL A TEENAGER! please make another album. she seems amazing.!

  36. 36

    Another dumb black on drugs. Oh wait! Nothing new about that!

  37. 37

    ok Hate Low Class People Black ppl are 10% of the population>.>..so dun bring tht ish here…dont act like every race isnt on drugs -.-….tht was RACIST to a tee..keep it up I'm sure the KKK would love you

  38. 38

    blah blah blah.. this woman is crazzy

  39. Tutes says – reply to this


    Seriously??? Does everyone forget that she said she would rather have her child die than have one single white person buy her album? I mean this is a person that all of you admire? Good voice or not, does not matter!

  40. 40

    Re: Tutes
    I think your words were a thread killer. lol
    Can you imagine if Miley said what LH said?

  41. 41

    Blah blah blah, The truth is she went crazy when Rohan wouldn't marry her.

  42. 42

    She's an amazing talent, but when it comes down to it she can't handle the \ pressure. Let her be!

  43. 43

    @LondonHOckeygirl thanks…and I feel bad because I forgot to mention how hateful she is as a human. For this reason alone she should not get sympathy. Yes, she has a voice, but when a person is so hateful, it kind of kills the buzz on an entertainer…kinda like Chris Brown oooooooh I said it LOL

  44. 44

    stfu you skank! this women is wacko…nobody cares u troll!