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The Reason Behind Lauryn Hill’s Decision To Return To The Studio

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Lauryn Hill is returning to the studio to record a new album and all we can say is, “It’s about damn time.” 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the only studio album to be released by Hill since leaving the Fugees, though she did record a live album in 2001.

Hill made the announcement on her Tumblr, saying she made the decision to get back into the studio so that she could make money to help pay taxes she owes the federal government.

“It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.

I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce … free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.”

We’re looking forward to hearing this new music. To read all of Lauryn’s statement in its entirety, click here.

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