Lauryn Hill: “I Don’t Think People Have Really Heard Me Sing Out” | NPR Interview

“I have to take care of myself in order to take care of this gift, which has affected so many.
I don’t treat it lightly. It’s important to me to be healthy and to be whole.” –Lauryn Hill

In this recent interview with NPR for their “50 Great Voices” series, Lauryn Hill talks about enabling her rapping and singing to coexist, her creative experience and her admiration of Bob Marley‘s lyricism.

Listen to a three-minute snippet of the interview here [chopped together by DDOtOmen].

Lauryn Hill x NPR Interview Snippet:

Enlightening to hear the woman so often talked and speculated about, speak for herself.
When will she write a book? I’d be first in queue to read it.

The full interview is scheduled to air on NPR later this evening.


“I’m trying to open up my range and really sing more,” she says. “With The Fugees initially, and even with Miseducation, it was very hip-hop — always a singing over beats. I don’t think people have really heard me sing out. So if I do record again, perhaps it will have an expanded context. Where people can hear a bit more.”

I ask her the question her fans have been asking each other for years: Why did you stop putting out music?

“There were a number of different reasons,” she says. “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. 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.

“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, or at least some aspect 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. Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely. And then that sound radiates.”

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