It’s been quite a week for Lauryn Hill. The good news: she released ‘Neurotic Society’, her first single for three years. The bad? She’s been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay around $1m in taxes over the past decade. What better time to look back on the music history of a legend
One of the themes that inspired ‘Miseducation’ was her pregnancy with the child of Rohan Marley, Bob Marley’s son. “When some women are pregnant, their hair and their nails grow, but for me it was my mind and ability to create,” said Hill of that period in her life. Hill now has six children.
In 2000, Lauryn Hill started to withdraw from the public eye. She explained why she turned her back on the music industry: “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”
Accounts of Hill’s live performances over the last few years have been varied. Late shows, rambling poetry and preaching are charges levelled at the singer. No live dates have yet been announced for the album billed to be released this year. She previously wrote on her blog that a $1 million record deal signed with Sony enabled her to escape imprisonment
New track ‘Neurotic Society’ paints a cynical picture of the world: “We’re living in a joke time, metaphorical coke time/ Commerce and guru men, run the whole world man, old world brutality/ Cold world kills softly, whole world runs savagely/ Reading into prior things, program TV screens”. Hill is to report to an unnamed prison on July