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Lauryn Hill Gives Rare Interview, Talks Why She Left The Game & If She'll Return

On the heels of Lauryn Hill's tour with Rock The Bells next month, she did an interview--which she rarely does these days--where she discusses her personal life and career.

 

We've got her words on why she left the game, of she returning, and her talking about her kids when you read on...

 

Lauryn spoke with National Public Radio very recently.  And here's our highlights:

Lauryn on being both a singer and a rapper

“There used to be a singing voice and there used to be a rapping voice but now the singing voice has to become more like my speaking voice in order for the two to be able to coexist."

On her creative experience
 “When I create music, I think the feeling you get, I get first….when I first have a creative insight, not just the voice but the creativity, the production, the idea, the concept, the music involved, there is a high, there is an emotional experience for sure”. (:01-:26)

On her creative experience
“I think I made music, especially back in the day, as consistently as I did because it made me feel so good. Some might even argue that it may be a creative addiction, but the healthy kind”. (:43-:54)

On Bob Marley
“I appreciate words, I appreciate language, I appreciate words, I appreciate putting words together in an artful way that’s something gives me quite a good feeling to be able to do that."

“Bob Marley to me was one of the most clever lyrists, how he put things together , just like the way he put together songs”. (:24-:32

Why she stopped putting out music
“There were a number of different reasons," she says. "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. Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely. And then that sound radiates.”

"I'm trying to open up my range and really sing more," she says. "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."

"I don't know if you know this, but I have five children," she says. "The youngest is 2 now, so she's old enough that I can leave her for a period of time and know she's going to be okay. That's one reason [Hill is starting to perform again]. And I think it's just time. I'm starting to get excited again. Believe it or not, I think what people are attracted to about me, if anything, is my passion. People got exposed to my passion through music and song first. I think people might realize, you know, 'We love the way she sounds, we love the music, but I think we just love how fearless she is. How boundless she is, when it comes to what she wants to do.' And I think that can be infectious."

Yes, we are attracted to everything about you.  Come back L-Boogie!

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I LOVE YOU LAURYN COME BACK

I LOVE YOU LAURYN COME BACK IN FORCE WE MISS YOU
Honey's picture

Love you Lauryn!!!!

Love you Lauryn!!!!
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I named my son Zion from her

I named my son Zion from her song... Classic!!!
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Anonymous's picture

We love you period Boogie and

We love you period Boogie and miss the hell out of you!! Come on back mama because we need artist like you in the game, period!
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I love L-Boogie. Hope she

I love L-Boogie. Hope she decides to put out new music.
Tiffany's picture

YES LAURYN!!! We miss you!

YES LAURYN!!! We miss you! Come on back....we welcome you with open arms, hearts, eyes & ears. Do ya thang boo!
Yola's picture

Zion is such a beautiful

Zion is such a beautiful song. So much emotion. We love you Lauren...
Anonymous's picture

If she comes back then game

If she comes back then game over she will kill all these new female singers for real!!!
For Real!!!'s picture

If Lauren would of continued,

If Lauren would of continued, she would have been Mary j. Blige's only real competition....
Harujuku Ken's picture

EVERYONE knows that she lost

EVERYONE knows that she lost herself on Rohan Marley. He effed up her head really badly. I know people that worked on her tour and she was miserable to be away from him. She even mentions his father in this interview, so we can all bet she is pretty obsessed with the dude.
white chocolate's picture

we are gladly waiting for the

we are gladly waiting for the Queen to return
omygosh's picture

we are gladly waiting for the

we are gladly waiting for the Queen to return
omygosh's picture

OMG! She has a 2 y/o?!! Who's

OMG! She has a 2 y/o?!! Who's the daddy?
ImLeavingNecoleBitchie's picture

Actually, Lauren has FIVE

Actually, Lauren has FIVE kids w/ Rohan Marley (Bob's son), who, btw, is MARRIED w/ a wife and 2 kids in Jamaica!!
sexyrelle's picture

She puts out good music.

She puts out good music. Can;t wait for her to come back out. If you love to shop then visit www.saxxix.com
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An album from her would be

An album from her would be incredible. One of the greatest artists out there. www.shesmyhusband.wordpress.com
KimRob's picture

I am so looking forward to a

I am so looking forward to a new experience with Lauren. I hope that her new music reflects what she has been going through over her years of bringing children into the world, hardships and her happy times. Im excited already!
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I heart Lauryn!!!

I heart Lauryn!!!
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Don't play with my emotions

Don't play with my emotions Lauryn, don't talk about an album if your not going to do one! GEtting me all hyped and shit...
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L-Boogie, you CHANGED MY LIFE

L-Boogie, you CHANGED MY LIFE IN 1998. YOUR WHOLE ALBUM SPOKE TO ME. It IS Biblical. I still listen to it regularly. Now, I listen to it to reflect on my past and to acknowledge my growth. Thank you. I thank God for your gifts and talents!!!! Your music saved me!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

This sounds like the Lauren

This sounds like the Lauren we love! I can't wait....spoken word or old negro spiritual; I will be copping whatever Ms. Hill puts put. *Walks out singing * Care for me, care for me You said you care for me There for me, there for me Said you'd be there for me Cry for me, cry for me You said you'd die for me Give to me, give to me Why won't you live for me
Taylor's picture

she is so beautiful.

she is so beautiful.
DOO BETTER's picture

Erm, I still don't understand

Erm, I still don't understand why she left....
LDN80's's picture

duh? her kids

duh? her kids
fjenkins's picture

There were a number of

There were a number of different reasons," she says. "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. Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely. And then that sound radiates.”
fjenkins's picture

And her mental health. As

And her mental health. As some reporter put it, she's a "tortured genius." But it also sounds like she has put faith and trust into the WRONG people (especially men) and she trusts no one now.
Get it Together Black People's picture

Yes, thanks for posting this,

Yes, thanks for posting this, it's good to hear what L Boogie has to say and I look forward to seeing what she may come out with. She sounds like she's in a good head space, counter to the rumors and behavior that has been attached to her over the last few years. Let's see! I'm very curious.
BlackVesper's picture

The Miseducation of Lauren

The Miseducation of Lauren Hill---That was the album that put her on the map---and I'm still riding that HI.... Lauren will always be a force to reckon with--- Love L Boogie for Lyfe...
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Anonymous's picture

Lauryn Hill and A Keys have a

Lauryn Hill and A Keys have a lot in common. I love both, but they both made some crazy choices (married men/babies) I love her music and I hope she gives us more soon.
jer-z girl's picture

We have not seen all that L

We have not seen all that L Boogie is capable of,it's still on the horizon,but she's coming.
RastaMermaid's picture

@ lboogiefan - I completely

@ lboogiefan - I completely agree with you about Toure. what a phony sellout! He was trying to get a job with MSNBC and they still havent hired him. Lauryn Hill is the illest MC and I hope she doesnt give up hip hop cuz she was powerful. On my way to check out & download this NPR interview though. Thanks YBF!
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Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye,

Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, DAngelo, Jill Scott, Erykah, Esperanza Spalding, Maxwell, Nas, Rakim, and Lauryn Hill ... intelligent black musicians.... this is one of our RELEVANT ICONS.... beautiful lyricist. Colours of sound Scales and beauty Audio scenery Electric love and Rhythmic symmetry Written in memory Beautifully crafted scenery Complex or simplicity Sonic energy Piercing insensitivity Sympathetic poetry For some even identity Collective entity Something to belong to A source of energy The possibilities Wave lengths and bandwith Higher vibration Energizing entire lands with Something to stand with Or stand for Lovers to walk hand in hand with Then plan for Sanctuary chords Harmony, melodies, even riffs can be Disguised human essence Sonically bottled ecstasy Or melancholy Agony blues angst Exercising anxieties Fueling entire societies Making economies Stimulating, generating Inspiration synonymously Entertaining, expression Intangible, invisible but undeniable Plays the language of excitement on survival Some call it tribal But perspective is everything Connected to everything Some say collectively Everything
babyblue's picture

We all know she cannot top

We all know she cannot top the "Miseducation" but she will bring some REAL music with soul and feeling, I know we are all in a agreement with that lol. Honestly I still listen to "Miseducation over and over again, I dont know, I just hope she comes back and show it how its done.
ahsatar's picture

L-Boogie MUST com back. After

L-Boogie MUST com back. After watching the BET Awards show last night and comparing the old-school to the new-school.......??? L-Boogie, Prince, El Debarge, hell Al B. Sure--ALL of them need to get back in th game and take back the music industry. On a side note, The Dream looks like the Hamburglar in this ad on YBF.
Get it Together Black People's picture

ROFLMBAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He

ROFLMBAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He totally looks like Hamburglar and I'm going to bed too.
jer-z girl's picture

The Dream does look like the

The Dream does look like the "Hamburglar" hahahahahahaha Im going to bed on that note lolololol!!!!!!!
ahsatar's picture

Lauryn Hill is dat chick. She

Lauryn Hill is dat chick. She will just bring more fire this time around. Hopefully she's grown enough to truly express herself in her music. Miseducation is an album full of great music to help you get through whatever. I have a feeling that Rohan had everything to do with her leaving in the first place. He's a Marley so I didn't expect less. When it comes to women and the Marley's...nuff said. But I still love Damian as an artist.
Electric Sunshine's picture

I LOVE Lauryn Hill. she

I LOVE Lauryn Hill. she saved my life when my parents couldn't reach me. I could care less who was behind her she made the song live. She breathed life into it. WHATEVER AND WHENEVER I got $10 on it.
 BtchPlze's picture

Folks......"Miseducation" was

Folks......"Miseducation" was not all Ms. Hill. There were other musicians and producers who were apart of "that sound" whom sued her and the label and won and therefore have pretty much been black balled in the industry. Those producers are Vader and Key-Lo of New Arc Entertainment, google it. Unless they miraculously decide to squash the beef and work together again, you'll NEVER get another Miseducation. Not saying that she's not creative and or talented but she had help..........ALOT of it, Miseducation was not the brainchild that she and the label would have you to believe. I love her, but it's just the honest truth but.............you'll soon see for yourself :)
Al's picture

If you want to know what

If you want to know what happened to Lauryn, check out this post. From her relationship with Wyclef to her having all her kids by a married man. Very interesting folks. Actually, it's sad. I still LOVE LBoogie. :/ http://www.toure.com/CONTENT/ARTICLES/laurenhill.htm
LBoogieFan's picture

I will read the article, but

I will read the article, but just to give a little more perspective on the Toure, the author... For all Toure's educational experience, he continues to come across as willing to sell out the race for the top dollar. I'm not too sure about his integrity, and he always seems like the first one willing to sell black folks' business down the river as some sort of "pop analyst"... and I'm not impressed. So if he is the one who started the rumors (under the guise of an interview) about Lauryn's personal life, I'm not sure how much I can honestly trust. If I remember correctly, Toure didn't even have the decency to do MJ justice, during his funeral on MSNBC... and I had to turn bc I could NOT stomach the sight of Toure cosigning with all the half assed phony memorial commentary. I remember my friend and I were furious with his commentary..it was sickening. But as usual, White mainstream media will find the most sambo and baseless negros to cover "our" stories.
Real's picture

Okay, and now that I've read

Okay, and now that I've read the article it's a bunch of hearsay and second hand accounts about Lauryn's personal life??? Yet, no actual quote from her??? We should be sooo past the point of taking anything we read in the media as gospel... #imdone
Real's picture

thx for the article.

thx for the article.
cosmanot's picture

that picture is GORGEOUS

that picture is GORGEOUS
Anonymous's picture

Lauryn please come back

Lauryn please come back
Island Gyal's picture

Who cares!!! My boyfriend

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