These Are My Songs- Lauryn Hill Responds To Accusations Of Stealing Music

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Recording artist Lauryn Hill pays tribute to Nina Simone during the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

This weekend just gone marked 20 years since the release of the US star’s seminal hip hop album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

She’s now responded to claims that she “stole” the music for the record, as well as accusations that she mistreated her touring band.

In a lengthy online statement, the rapper/actress – who says she last gave an interview “over a decade ago” – wrote: “I may have been inclusive, but these are my songs.”

“The Miseducation was the first time I worked with musicians outside of the Fugees [whose] report and working relationship was clear. In an effort to create the same level of comfort, I may not have established the necessary boundaries and may have been more inviting than I should have been,” Hill wrote.

In hindsight, I would have handled it differently for the removal of any confusion. And I have handled it differently since, I’m clear and I make clear before someone walks in the door what I am and am not looking for. I may have been inclusive, but these are my songs.

The claims were made by jazz musician Robert Glasper, who was briefly a member of Hill’s band in 2008, earlier this month in an interview with a Houston radio station.

The collective of musicians who worked on the album later sued Hill over songwriting credits. The case was settled in 2001.

Glasper went on to accuse Hill of treating her touring band harshly.

He said: “Every day she comes in and changes the show, changes what she wants to do.

“The last rehearsal, she doesn’t show up. Her manager comes in and says, ‘Lauryn’s not really feeling the way you guys have been learning the music, so we’re gonna cut your pay in half.'”

Hill, has now responded, writing: “Don’t have the details or recollection of cutting the band’s pay in half.

“If fees had been negotiated and confirmed without my knowledge, I may have asked for them to be adjusted. But I would never just cut a musician’s pay arbitrarily unless I had a legitimate reason. There are artists who do cut pay though, James Brown was notorious for docking musicians if they did something he didn’t like, I’m sure there are others.”


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