OPINION- The beautiful and talented Lauryn Hill, continues to make things difficult for herself. The place of Ms. Hill (hey she likes to be called that), latest shenanigans is in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ms. Hill was supposed to have her happy ass on the Chastain Park Amphitheater stage, by 8 p.m. Well if one has been following Ms. Hill’s concert arrival times, since the Rohan Marley love affair, everyone knows she is always late. You see, Ms. Hill takes being late as a Black person to another dimension of tardiness that even we can’t seem to understand or even participate in; we can’t compete. It’s so bad, that if one was going to be more than one-hour late, they simply need to text: “I’m going to be Lauryn Hill late, so we may have to reschedule.”
Ms. Hill finally arrived at the stage at 10:20 pm and performed a few songs, until the 11 p.m. cut off time. When Ms. Hill finally arrived on stage, a chorus of boos erupted from the crowd, and Ms. Hill claimed her driver got lost. Well after hearing the criticism and being dragged all over social media, Ms. Hill released a statement:
I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care. 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. For every performance that I’ve arrived to late, there have been countless others where I’ve performed in excess of two hours, beyond what I am contracted to do, pouring everything out on the stage.
Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road.
Some days we are more successful than others re time. However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn’t been touched upon by the media, I’m sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect.
Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special to begin with, while also making that experience available and accessible to others. If I didn’t Love and respect the art, I wouldn’t be doing this. The audience and I should have that in common.
My true audience knows emphatically that I care. It isn’t possible to affect people in any deep and meaningful way without putting sacrificial time in.
I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show. We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them.
Is Ms. Hill waiting for the stars to align to gather enough energy to bring her butt to the stage? Someone is better off transporting her a bowl of Lucky Charms, and tell her that will be her signal to perform because that’s the closest one will get to stars, rainbows, and scientific energy. Better yet, someone, please burn some incense in front of her dressing room or in the limo and let her know it’s now perfect to go on stage as she becomes spiritually ready. What’s her excuse next? All this mumbo-jumbo doesn’t make much sense, and the only advice Ms. Hill should take is to make an appointment to see her therapist.
One has to be crazy to purchase tickets to see Lauryn Hill. The late 90’s Lauryn Hill has evaporated and will not be coming back (It’s like the backpack Kanye), so why even waste time in spending one’s hard earn money to watch an empty stage for over an hour? One would be better off hearing Pras recite his verse to “Ghetto Superstar” or Wyclef verse on “We Trying To Stay Alive” because that is the closest one will ever get to see a Fugee that will arrive on time. Let’s be honest; these shenanigans never took place at a Michael Jackson, or Prince concert and they were ten-times more talented than Ms. Hill.
Ms. Hill has lost all sense of reality, and by her erratic and downright nonsensical statement, it’s confirmed. Why waste time and money on someone who apparently doesn’t care about her fans? When one stops buying tickets to her shows, and her money dwindles, then maybe she will show respect and start arriving at her shows on time. If one continues to purchase tickets to see Ms. Hill and then complains when she is late, one has no one to blame but themselves. It’s time to send Ms. Hill star up to the hip-hop legendary rafters as the rapper who was such a talented and bright star, who faded to obliviation to no one’s fault but her own.
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