Buzzy Wuzzy: The Quiet Storm That Is Lauryn Hill

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June must be the month of incognito savvy artists to come to light as just last week D'Angelo broke his silence about the 'culinary' turn he's taking making new music, now Lauryn Hill has emerged and with her are some flowery words of wisdom on her absence, music and life in the present. NPR as part of their, 50 Great Voices series, wrote a really insightful piece about Hill and her current whereabouts in music and in life. She was part poetic, sincere, and of course vague. Yet, would we have it any other way?

Hill has always been shrouded in mystery considering that she pretty much stepped out of the limelight after the meteoric rise and bulldozing chart effect for her 1998 debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Since then, Hill's fans have been accustom to spotty song drops and surprise appearances at overseas music festivals.

Opening up for probably one of the scarcest moments, Hill is indeed candid throughout (though the article does border a tiny bit on over-worship), as she discusses about why she sort of vanished from the scene, citing:

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.

Sounds like Hill was fed up with industry of it all, to where it suffocated her creativity...quite interesting. In the article, we are reminded continuously of the raw explosion that Hill's voice emits through her compositions, yet, it's sort of a painful reminder of how much we miss that voice and would like for it to be splashed all over a new album. Well, dream a little dream with me. Read the article and hear the audio interview in full here, it's truly worth scanning and listening too.

1 comment:

  1. Wax Poetics # 42 features a piece on the making of D'Angelo's 1995 album Brown Sugar written by Michael A. Gonzales


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