If her 2001 meltdown on MTV's "Unplugged" wasn't enough to raise concerns about Hill, it was topped by a 2003 Vatican Christmas concert where she delivered a tirade about abuse by Catholic priests. Since then, Hill has mostly been MIA except for a few concerts with the Fugees (in 2004-05) and a few solo gigs, many of which have received less-than-enthusiastic reviews.
Even on her current comeback tour, which started last month, the reports haven't always been flattering. Crowds have been frustrated by extremely tardy starts and a lack of new material (although a new tune, "Repercussions," was leaked last year). One thing that has impressed is her bold honesty onstage.
Also true, and this is all over Black radio, her voice keeps cracking during most concerts.
Have drugs destroyed her?
I have no idea. She's lucky to have had her Amy Winehouse antics take place before the net was the force it is today.
Lauryn's become a joke.
If she can put together a new album, I'll listen to it at least once. But she doesn't have a new one coming out. That's because Sony can't believe how much money she's already wasted on recording sessions with nothing to show for it. Nor did they want to release her 2001 MTV album. They were right. The problems with her voice were first obvious there.
In addition, her new songs were beyond weak. And one appeared homophobic.
Lauryn Hill has serious image problems.
When her solo album came out, the image problem some forced on her was, "She's a woman, she can't do hip-hop without the two men from the Fugees." She proved them wrong and proved she could shape and influence music.
And that gave her the standing to do a song like "Doo Wop" without getting slaughtered.
I don't wear a weave. Many Black women I know do. So when Lauryn's off on her 'fake nails' and fake hair screed, she's actually going to piss off a lot of black listeners.
She'll pull in a few who might be more political at the same time; however, when she goes off into homophobia, as she did on the MTV album, she pushes them away as well.
So the point I'm making is Lauryn can give it up. No one gives a damn anymore. If she does an album in the next three years, it will most likely debut at number one and then set a record for quickly sinking out of the top forty.
It's too bad because she had a great deal of talent and, before the drugs, an amazing voice. "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" was the finest work she'd done -- on her own or with the group. It still stands. But she's weakened it with her antics since and I hope she doesn't further weaken it. I expect to hear her delivering a rap (speech) from the stage against gays next. She's gotten so nutty.
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