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“Ms. Hill” – Talib Kweli

I read this article the other day reporting that Lauryn Hill has signed a new record deal with Sony in an effort to avoid prison and pay off three years of backtaxes. This is the first sign of new music from Ms. Hill in quite a while. It made me remember today’s song by Talib Kweli in which he voices his support for Lauryn and her struggle with meshing the music industry and her own creativity. I probably should have posted a song by the former Fugee herself, but “Ms. Hill” encapsulates so much feeling about her and her impact I just had to go with it instead.

Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and remains the only female artist to win two consecutive Grammys for Album of the Year. The second of which she won for co-producing Santana’s Supernatural. She is truly a great talent, I can’t wait to listen to her new music, even if it’s made to pay the Man!

Here’s a quote from Lauryn’s Tumblr about her new deal:

“It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.

I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.”

Lyrics here.

More about Lauryn Hill here.

More about Talib Kweli here.