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Lauryn Hill

Hill performing at RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, in Ottawa, 2012
Background information
Birth name Lauryn Noelle Hill
Also known as

Ms. Lauryn Hill
L. Boogie

Born (1975-05-26) May 26, 1975 (age 41)
South Orange, New Jersey,[1] U.S.
Genres

R&B
soul
neo soul
hip hop
folk
reggae

Occupation(s)

Singer
songwriter
rapper
record producer
actress

Instruments

Vocals
guitar

Years active 1991–present
Labels

Columbia
Ruffhouse

Associated acts

Fugees
Nas

Website lauryn-hill.com

Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities.
Lauryn Hill
Let optimists rule the world.
Being young and female in America, you watch a lot of T.V., and you grow up on false images of what love truly is. We think the man with the best rap will protect and save us, about it's not usually that way. Then you learn love is something deeper and purer in form.
Lauryn Hill
I don't know anybody that's not emotionally unstable or schizophrenic.
Lauryn Hill
The danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution.
Lauryn Hill
When you're young and everything dramatic is exciting, you start to believe that hype that, in order to be an artist, you have to suffer. I've graduated from that school.
Lauryn Hill
I believe God will make a way.
I don't need anybody to market or promote me. If people don't want to hear this music, then it's not for them. You cannot please everybody.
Lauryn Hill
I tried to manipulate and control people, and I harbored resentment. I wanted to be forgiven, but I wouldn't forgive others.
Lauryn Hill
I need to be surrounded by people as passionate and as dedicated as I am.
We call ourselves creators and we just copy.
I got into direct confrontation with everybody I love.
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.
Lauryn Hill
That strong mother doesn't tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.
Lauryn Hill
I had to confront my fears and master my every demonic thought about inferiority, insecurity, or the fear of being black, young, and gifted in this Western culture.
Lauryn Hill
I do support artists standing by their beliefs and walking with integrity. We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music while giving artists their proper respect. This cannot be done while taking their contributions for granted or trying to control the scope of their growth and power through threats and fear tactics.
Lauryn Hill
I'm trying to open up my range and really sing more. 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.
Lauryn Hill
Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.
Lauryn Hill
I wouldn't even hold my kids sometimes because I didn't want them to spit up on me when I was dressed for an awards show.
Lauryn Hill
I never did anything I'm really ashamed of.
We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it.
When I was working, and when I was making substantial amounts of money, I always filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped, when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.
Lauryn Hill
When I have a creative insight, there is a high. I think back in the day, I made music as much as I did because it made me feel so good. I think you could argue that there is a creative addiction – but, you know, the healthy kind.
Lauryn Hill
Reality is easy. It's deception that's the hard work.
What was freely given to me, I freely give.
We don't want people to have expectations of us, but then we have expectations of everybody else.
Lauryn Hill
We have to make sure the music and the message and the words and all the elements come through in our songs and every time we appear in public.
Lauryn Hill
You don't know how much artists go through to make it look so easy. It's all in the practice.
Lauryn Hill
People need to understand that the Lauryn Hill they were exposed to in the beginning was all that was allowed in that arena at the time. I had to step away for the sake of the machine. I was being way too compromised. I felt uncomfortable having to smile in someone's face when I really didn't like them or know them well enough to like.
Lauryn Hill
I have a couple of all-time favorites: Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
Lauryn Hill
Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us.
Lauryn Hill
To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.
Lauryn Hill
The less I have, the freer I am to do whatever I want to do.
Real religion is no religion at all.
Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us.
Lauryn Hill
Nobody's going to force me to do something against my will. What do I owe anybody that I should submit my will to them?
Lauryn Hill
Be honest, brutally honest. That is what's going to maintain relationships.
Lauryn Hill
This life is a process of learning.
As musicians and artists, it's important we have an environment – and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the industry, that really nurtures these gifts. 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.
Lauryn Hill
Hip-Hop isn't just music, it is also a spiritual movement of the blacks! You can't just call Hip-Hop a trend!
Lauryn Hill
From the first time someone says, Who do you think you are? we learn how to repress.
Lauryn Hill
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.
Lauryn Hill