Lauryn Hill Releases Statement about Industry Corruption, Her Safety, & Not Paying Taxes

by Kevin Ross - Posted Saturday, June 9th, 2012. Category: URBAN

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LaurynHillA20080317 300x224 Lauryn Hill Releases Statement about Industry Corruption, Her Safety, & Not Paying TaxesThis is a statement from Lauryn Hill about her recent tax problems and her views as an artist. Just like we talk about radio, syndication and many other issues that we perceive as problems in the industry we are not recording artists but we believe in freedom of speech. Ms. Hill’s views are her own and they are not necessarily those of Radio Facts (radiofacts.com) and we wish her the best in resolving her current challenges.

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda. Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance. I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a given paradigm. I’ve seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power. These devices of control, no matter how well intentioned (or not), can have a devastating outcome on the lives of people, especially creative types who must grow and exist within a certain environment and according to a certain pace, in order to live and create optimally.

I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity. So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it. During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics. Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright. When one has a prolific creative output like I did/do, and is (read more click “next”)

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9 comments

  1. Ticha

    Why can’t there be more people like yo who speak the truth about the business in it self. We here in civil america here the stories. But, as a Woman of color and grace. I abhor you to carry out that which seems right to you in order to get the truth spread. I pray for you and your family on this journey. I want you to keep going no matter what. I am your voice. When there is none heard outside of mainstream media. You still have people/fans out there who recognize your talent and want to help in your quest for right-ness, correct-ness. Bless and assured. Ticha

  2. I can not express in mere words what i felt by reading your statement but i was moved because it was so powerful n i believe that nothing but goodness and mercy shall follow you. You are and have always been a QUEEN. I have been thru many ups and downs becoming a first time home owner at the age of 21 ten years ago…and maintaining it until 9/11 and then i was unable to maintain so i took 2 steps backwords… And crossed paths with the enemy himself who attempted to end me after i stopped trying to end myself years prior, and i escaped once again just as it is written in the book of life. Here i am rebuilding but its okay because thank the most high we r still standing. Have a blessed day. I wept with you thru all of ur vocals n made it thru the worst days n nights being comforted n protected by your inspirations.

  3. Batah Crumbie

    We now, adn always will love you Ms. Hill. You do what ever it is that you must do for you n yours. Though we, your true fans miss you I overstand. Jah bless sistren . Massive love ,and oneness.

  4. Irene Cara

    I was very moved by miss. Hill’s comments. I went through a similar trauma in the music biz decades ago and it is really disturbing to hear that nothing much has changed. Great artist are still being robbed, taken advantage of and punished for fighting for their rights and integrity!! I wish her all the best in her struggle.

  5. Jon

    Hill isn’t just great with words while writing lyrics. Very well put! I find it disgusting that authorities should bother looking into the finances of an artist who is well known and documented to be having little work for a time being, after a failure to file taxes for only a few years. It seems like there are bigger fish to fry. Did elements within the industry intentionally tip off and encourage the authorities to go after Hill?

  6. Carl

    Lauryn,

    Well said, but, all said…please just pay your taxes! That’s way too much money to begin trading licks with the GOV.

    Please DO NOT, no matter your stance, become another Wesley Snipes. I DO NOT wish to see a bird singing from a cage! Your statements are well received, but, NOT legally acceptable and/or have legal bearing.

    One way to shut you up is to cage you! Pay the taxes & Sing, Beautiful Bird, Sing!!!

    God bless you!

  7. Inette Cayce

    Lauyn, I have alway admired your intelligence and strenght. Only through reading the Bible ( and I know you didn’t mention it) you have so much understanding and insight to your life. It is a trait we all have but are afraid to admit, for so much work has to be done in doing so. I have learned a lot from this statement for my own life as well as my children…..with learning, reading and praying…it the only way to be……….free. Peace be with you and your family……..