Lauryn Hill, the legendary rapper from The Fugees, has been a target of complaints about her habitual lateness during live shows for years. During her recent concert in Los Angeles at the Kia Forum on November 4, Hill decided to address the ongoing controversy.
Hill straightforwardly addressed the issue, stating, “They say, ‘Oh, she’s late,’ and ‘She’s late tonight.'” She continued:
“Yo, y’all are lucky I make it to this stage every night. I leave my soul on this stage. And I don’t do it because they let me do it. I do it because I stand here in the name of God. And I know it. God is who allows me to do it.”
Hill went on to reflect on her journey in the music industry, mentioning the lack of support she received despite her groundbreaking solo debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, selling millions of records. She emphasized her resilience, stating, “We’re survivors. Not just survivors, we’re thrivers.”
“I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care,” she wrote. “And I have nothing but love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others. I don’t have an on/off switch. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive, and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible.”
Lauryn Hill’s words reflect a profound commitment to her art and her desire to offer her fans an authentic and heartfelt performance. She sees herself as a vessel of emotion, and her art is deeply connected to her state of being at any given moment. This approach, while unique and unconventional, showcases her dedication to delivering the most genuine and emotionally charged performances possible.
In a world where time is often rigid and unforgiving, Lauryn Hill’s perspective reminds us that art and creativity can’t always be confined by the constraints of the clock. Her fans may need to exercise some patience, but in return, they are rewarded with a performance that is true to her raw and unfiltered expression, making every moment with Lauryn Hill a truly unique and memorable experience.
Lauryn Hill is currently on the road for the extension of her 25th Anniversary Tour for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, with upcoming stops in Oakland and Seattle.
Her comments sparked a variety of reactions from fans, with many emphasizing the importance of punctuality and accountability, noting that concertgoers have paid for the experience.
Lauryn Hill had previously postponed a show in Philadelphia last month due to vocal cord strain, which led to mixed reactions from her fans. In her statement, she expressed her commitment to providing her audience with the performance they deserve after a full recovery, setting a new date for the Philadelphia show on November 25.