Singer Lauryn Hill Breaks Silence to NPR's Zoe Chace
Tue, 29 Jun 2010 09:51:24
Singer Lauryn Hill, who was lauded and celebrated for her work with both the Fugees and her Grammy-winning solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, went off the grid like John Connor in 1999, despite heaps of success. There were stories of how she demanded to be called "Miss Hill" and that she had a nervous breakdown. Hill –or is that Miss Hill?- broke her silence to NPR's Zoe Chace, who conducted a rare interview with Hill after a rare performance in Santa Rosa, California.
"There were a number of different reasons," Hill explained about why she stopped recording. "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." She also said that the music industry didn't treat her with patience or care, either, saying, "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...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." In the past 11 years since intentionally falling off the radar, Hill gave birth to five children with longtime boyfriend Rohan Marley, whose father is reggae star Bob Marley.
Hill also mused that she thought it was time to start performing again, too.
Do you think people will care about Hill if she stages a comeback or has she been gone far too long?