There has been so much speculation as to why Lauryn Hill turned her back on music. Many have claimed she had a break down. Lauryn is not one to give many press interviews, so it’s always been a bit of a mystery.
Lauryn was at the top of her game in the late 90’s with her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She won 5 Grammy’s and was on fire, but suddenly decided to pack it all in and shun the limelight, without really explaining why. Although she’s done a few gigs over the years, she hasn’t recorded any new material ever since.
Now she’s back on the music front and in a rare interview, she finally puts all the rumours to rest by explaining why she left music behind:
There were a number of different reasons. 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. In fact, as musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment — and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the [music] 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, or at least some aspect of society. And it’s important that people be given the time that they need to go through, to grow, so that the consciousness level of the general public is properly affected. Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely. And then that sound radiates.
Don’t panic, she is starting to perform again, and may even record another album:
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.