Lauryn Hill’s Tumblr Letter on the Music Business

Jun 9th, 2012 | Category: Latest News | 236 comments


Several newspapers have reported that Lauryn Hill was in trouble with the government for not filing taxes from 2005-2007. While I do not know (nor care) about her financial status and her tax paying habits, I found Hill’s response to the charges quite compelling. In a first public statement in years, Hill describes the control, manipulation and exploitation of the music industry and her efforts to get away from it all. Here’s the letter published on her new Tumblr account.

It was reported yesterday that Ms. Lauryn Hill has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor failure to file taxes.  These charges were incurred for the years of 2005-2007, during a time in which Ms. Hill had removed herself and her family from society, in order to keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger.  In response to these charges, Ms. Hill has issued the following statement:

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground.  I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.  Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance.  I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a given paradigm.  I’ve seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power.  These devices of control, no matter how well intentioned (or not), can have a devastating outcome on the lives of people, especially creative types who must grow and exist within a certain environment and according to a certain pace, in order to live and create optimally.

I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity.  So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it.  During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics.  Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright.  When one has a prolific creative output like I did/do, and is then forced to stop, the effects can be dangerous both emotionally and psychologically, both for the artist and those in need of that resource.  It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed.

During this period of crisis, much was said about me, both slanted and inaccurate, by those who had become dependent on my creative force, yet unwilling to fully acknowledge the importance of my contribution, nor compensate me equitably for it.  This was done in an effort to smear my public image, in order to directly affect my ability to earn independently of this system.  It took a long time to locate and nurture a community of people strong enough to resist the incredibly unhealthy tide, and more importantly see through it.  If I had not been able to make contact with, and establish this community, my life, safety and freedom, would have been directly affected as well as the lives, safety and freedom of my family.  Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.

As my potential to work, and therefore earn freely, was being threatened, I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by.  This was absolutely critical while trying to find and establish a new and very necessary community of healthy people, and also heal and detoxify myself and my family while raising my young children.

There were no exotic trips, no fleet of cars, just an all out war for safety, integrity, wholeness and health, without mistreatment denial, and/or exploitation.  In order to liberate myself from those who found it ok to oppose my wholeness, free speech and integral growth by inflicting different forms of punitive action against it, I used my resources to sustain our safety and survival until I was able to restore my ability to earn outside of it!

When artists experience danger and crisis under the effects of this kind of insidious manipulation, everyone easily accepts that there was something either dysfunctional or defective with the artist, rather than look at, and fully examine, the system and its means and policies of exploiting/’doing business’.  Not only is this unrealistic, it is very dark in its motivation, conveniently targeting the object of their hero worship by removing any evidence that they ‘needed’ or celebrated this very same resource just years, months or moments before.  Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego.  Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.

It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else.  Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual.  I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking.  To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights!  These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech!  Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!!

Learning from the past, insulating friends and family from the influence of external manipulation and corruption, is far more important to me than being misunderstood for a season!  I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns!  I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival.

I conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period.  Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution.

My intention has always been to get this situation rectified.  When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes.  This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.

As this, and other areas of issue are resolved and set straight, I am able to get back to doing what I should be doing, the way it should be done.  This is part of that process.  To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue.  I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.”

– Source: Tumblr

 

As it is always the case when celebrities reject and pull away from the industry, Hill has been often portrayed as crazy and unstable in the media. However, those who know about the dark side of the industry know that Hill did the only SANE thing one can do in her situation: Get out. I guess we know what the following song is about.

 






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236 Comments to “Lauryn Hill’s Tumblr Letter on the Music Business”

  1. sir jc says:

    Yea Lauren was written off as another musical genius that went "nuts" she was just smart and bailed while she could.

    • Its Me Again says:

      I truly applaud Lauryn for speaking up and standing up for herself. She and others like her are very strong to resist all of the luxuries, temptations, flattery, attention in order to save themsleves and their SOULS. The others that remain are weak and need those material things and money, fame etc or have been PROGRAMMED to need them. Sadly they are just being used as little puppets or "crash test dummies" and will be tossed to the side once they are used up or no longer needed. Finally somebody isnt afraid! Hopefully others will follow in Ms. Hill's footsteps…

      • budda says:

        To me I see Lauren as an Angel sent from God to have us learn from her examples and not by the other puppets.

        I praise her and wish the other puppets to be blessed.

        Her music is genius. Some of her songs make my hairs stand "static" tall.

      • K says:

        Why yes, ms hill is crazy. Craaaazy brilliant! Bravo, ms hill, bravo.

      • I want the truth says:

        I've been wanting to get her Miseducation album for many many years now but never gotten the chance to. I really pray that God will send His angels to protect her, her family & other celebrity's souls who wish to escape the evil grip of the entertainment industries. God will triumph over the devil, I just know it.

      • Octavio says:

        She is an outstanding artists.

        I love her music.

    • Cstar07 says:

      "can't pull out of a satanic contract"? wat do you mean? look i dont know what religion you are so your principles may be different but i am christian and i believe lauryn hill is too so in our religion your soul belongs to God and if you fall of the straight and narrow, no matter how far and deep you fall, if you repent and seek the glory of God and His grace in your life satan has no hold on you. So i don't understand what you mean when you say she can't pull out and yeah she was enjoying the fame and money but her spirit was calling out to her, telling her this was wrong. you shouldn't be angry that she took so long but should rejoice that she did eventually listen to her spirit and seek God!

      • Sandra says:

        anyone can pull out of a satanic contract if they have the will to do so, however, there is more than just ok I decide to quit I worship god now or whatever it is they do. But there are such thing demons and they are in the people’s bodies, some very powerful ones and some less powerful ones. Getting into a satanic contract would be probably having powerful ones, and so when a person does something there is always the demon inside that is also influencing the person. I know it sounds really out there for some though.

      • Ivory Oracle says:

        Not necessarily feelin' what you wrote.

        The contract was satanic not because Lauren had a hope of benefit from it, but because the world system is rigged. Evil rises to the top of virtually all organizations–including churches, sadly. And what Lauren wrote about hero / celebrity worship also applies to pastors. People want to be near greatness, but they are afraid to be great themselves.

        We are all to work the works of Jesus. That begins with love.

        Mercy rejoices over judgment.

      • Shawntay says:

        Not everybody is a Christian and given lauryn hills conscious level I can bet u she's not a Christian…

    • Delirium says:

      And now the illuminati is after her taxes. I hope she is safe.

      • Sayyidina says:

        Let them have it. I used to wonder why Yeshua would preach about giving up all worldly possessions. I realize now that it is because material wealth is based in a satanic system. Let it go, and you are truly free.

        "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar, and to God what is God's"

  2. V-Anne says:

    She's an amazing musician. I applaud her bravery but I do hope she independently produces more music. She's just so talented. But her sanity and safety comes first. Stardom is overrated.

    • Crip says:

      Agreed. Still, can you see why 2pac, MJ and people like them were killed? I don't even want to imagine what will happen to this lady…

      Respects again, Miss Hill, even though in my ignorance I never heard your name before…

      • GSTAR says:

        I found it creepy that Beyonce gave a tribute to her not to long ago when she returned to the stage from her so call hiatus. The last time a Artist mentioned another artist was Lady Gaga who mentioned Whitney Houston I believe at the Grammy's and then Whitney ends up dead a year later. Also Beyonce gave a tribute to both Whitney and Lauryn. I don't know if this is some sick sign of their agenda and then Lauryn Hill sang with Nas at Summerjam last Sunday. Nas was a part of Nicki Minaj set but Nas invited Lauryn Hill to perform I personally feel that him inviting her was a bit suspicious and then a few days later she is in the news for allegedly not paying the IRS. I notice that when they are about to do something shady they highlight the artist in the media so that when they finish there dirty job you flock to itunes or the store to scoop up their music. Sickening these people.

      • Sarah says:

        Just a tid bit on Lady Gaga's shout out to Whitney…… The intro to Born This Way was inspired by a remix on Whitney's greatest hits album which is what inspired her shout out to Whitney. Does that mean nothing sinister's afoot? No. But it does explain the shout out. Listen to the remix for Greatest Love of All (Junior Vasquez Mix).

      • Greebuh says:

        Man, you haven't heard of the Fugees? Anyway this story sounds like their M.O. It's what they did to Dave Chapelle, he wouldn't play along so they shunned him and called him crazy. I remember when the Fugees broke up and they started slamming Hill very which way they could and anyone who listened to their music knew that she is one of the geniuses that was really speaking on the problem's with not just the industry but the world as a whole.

      • Faith says:

        You know what? I was just thinking the same thing like…"It might be too late and she probably got in too deep with them already and won't be able to just walk away like she wants to"…

        I really hope I'm wrong and that it's just my inner cynicism working overtime again, but when have they ever let someone who was that popular who then spoke out against them, get away scot-free?

      • K says:

        You should look up some of her music. She's an amazing talent.

      • GSTAR says:

        Beyonce did it again mentioning Lauryn Hill and Whitney Houston's name all in the same breath at the BET awards and we all know Lauryn is due in court in November for sentencing for a ax evasion charges. Something is definitely up.

    • Truth is says:

      Lauryn Hill Got out!!

  3. Art says:

    Damn, she's probably my favorite artist of all time, her music is so intelligent, wise and philosophical. Hope the industry doesn't try and do to her what they did to Whitney, MJ, Whinehouse, etc.

    • Love and Light says:

      She is such an inspiration. I think she will be safe personally but it looks like they're not making things easy for her. If you haven't heard "just like the water" check it out. It's the song she wrote once she freed herself from the darkness and strengthened her connection to Divinity/God. It's a great inspiration. Remember when looking at this darkness to keep a strong connection to the light. It's our only way to freedom :) So glad to have such a wonderful woman inspiring us through such dark times.

    • crys says:

      Mine to Art,

      I have a teenage daughter and I'm always singing to her Laurens songs because she spoke of respect for yourself and empowering yourself. Then I ask her to relate that message with every other song that's played on the radio. She's getting it. Educate Our Youth! God Bless.

    • Medusa777 says:

      The music industry is preparing to do just that!

    • unknown says:

      Her fearlessness, her bravery will make it very difficult for that to happen. every Ill has an antidote, she found it.

  4. Love her says:

    Miseducation is hands-down my favorite album, next to Radiohead's Kid A. She has always been my all-time favorite artist, way before I knew about the evils of the music industry. Listening to her Unplugged album is what introduced me to the dark side of the industry. And then when the media started bashing her, I knew there was a deeper story, that the media was just being the media. I'm so glad she did what she did, it just makes me respect her even more.

    Love. Her.

  5. DaveWWC says:

    God bless you Lauryn.

    • freetoday says:

      God bless her indeed. I like how she said everything without saying anything, because she wants to live:)

  6. jimmy o says:

    very powerful letter and song to the reigning establishment

  7. Shelley says:

    I love Lauryn Hill coz she's such a talented artist. I grew up listening to her music, and I'm glad she's wise enough to get out of the evil music industry…

    • Kahoneez says:

      " Intelligence or Talent " has nothing to do with her Standing up to the " Entertainment " Industries Evil Agendas . It's takes COURAGE and a Moral Compass . There are plenty of " intelligent " artists that have sold out and won't take a stand , Because their conscience can't over ride the complicity that's expected of them .

      Even the dumbest Janitor can take a moral Stand …. it's MORALS AND COURAGE .

  8. Once you're a puppet, you're just clutched in their chains and if you resist, they'll do everything in their power to destroy your image and then kill you.

    I.E. Michael Jackson, Whitney, Tupac Shakur

    • Tina says:

      Tupac wasnt destroyed. He escaped before that could happen to him.

      • Yorkcity777 says:

        They still killed him nonetheless and now they're trying to destroy his reputation with this fake hologram stuff.

    • Medusa777 says:

      That's the ugly truth! But!! What are we going to do about it?!!

  9. nor says:

    Lauryn is a smart (and sane) woman for not wanting the glitz and glamour. She has my respect :-)

    • HJA says:

      Some peeps are not impressed by material possessions. Hence, it's easier for them to refuse to compromise their beliefs and principles. Maybe she's one of those people.

  10. Nathan Damnit says:

    I won't be comprimised no more… I won't be victimised no more… blinding me through mind control, stealin my eternal soul, appealin through material.. but I get out

    Good job Lauryn! Speak the truth!

  11. Indonesian says:

    Although I was convinced that Lauryn is 'clean', I could not help but wonder why she named one of her kids 'Zion' and sang the song titled 'To Zion'. I wonder whether there are any esotoric reasons behind these.

    • PayingAttention says:

      Only because we assume now that "Zion" is a negative thing, when just like everything our good lord made clean, the devil and his minions tried to diminish and make unclean. In ancient times, it was, and still is believed, that Mount Zion, was the mountain that God would come to speak with prophets, and in turn where prophets went to speak with him, if I am no mistaken, it is where the lord first gave Moses the tablets of the commandments…so let us assume that she knew her child was a gift from God even if it was a curse to her social standing..who needed artists fully into makin money and music..and not their natural reason for being here, FAMILIES/babies. Funny how in recent times, all the "Jewish" or "Illuminati" all refer to themselves and are called by media and the like, "Zionists.." when in all reality, if history is correct, the actual Zionists are the children of Israel..the children of the Almighty…dont be fooled. Lauryn alwayyyss knows whats shes doing.

      • Yorkcity777 says:

        Well said PayingAttention. We always have to remember that the devil wants to be just Like God. Isaiah ch 14: 13-14 is where the devil says "I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." Whatever that God has done or said, Satan twists them around and uses for them his own glory. He manipulates people into following things that are according to his desires and not God's desires. For example, the New International Bible is so wrong in what the original King James Bible was interpreting. It leaves out words, and even twists words around to give passages different meanings. That's why you hear all these self-proclaimed scholars (and even people like Obama) ridiculing the Bible for allowing homosexuality, or slavery, or "an eye for an eye" meaning it's okay to kill, etc. In the same sense, words like Zion have been manipulated and given to the people in a different form. This upcoming 2012 "ZION Olympics" is a BIG example of that. Let's not forget that Mt. Zion is famous for being the "city of the Great King."

      • Rebecca says:

        thank you! that was well said, I want to save that somewhere. even though I am on this site a lot, I get frustrated by some of the info here that condemns everything because of it's most current popular definition. i don't want to get into specifics and detract from this particular topic, but people need to remember that many things originally have different meanings than they currently do because they have been taken over by evil people. I just did a poor job of resaying what you already said, but I just want to reiterate how important it is to remember this!

      • Love and Light says:

        Thank you for clearing that up for me. I wondered why she called her son Zion but I know she's too clever and knows too much about theology to be manipulated. Appreciate it :)

      • Jac says:

        Re: Zion. Her husband / father to her children is Ziggy Marley, I believe.

    • C.Wright.Thru. says:

      Infinite and Eternal Divine Blessings/Protection to Lauryn Hill.

      Thank you for being wise, beautiful, and uber-talented.

    • blklion25 says:

      I'm pretty sure that there is/was no estoric insinuation w/naming her son Zion. In the Bible Zion was another name for the holy city of God and a name used to symbolize the future kingdom of Heavin when the heavens and the earth will be made new at the coming of Jesus Christ….Im pretty sure that was the reason for the name but who knows.

  12. Indonesian says:

    Sorry for misspelling; I meant 'esoteric' not 'esotoric'.

  13. Rhamsody says:

    Outstanding! I applaud her in the same way I applaud Dave Chappelle. When you see the danger, remove yourself! She went far enough in exposing the beast without putting herself or her family in danger; which is clearly her number one priority. At this point, the only thing left to say was "the system is run by a bunch of devil worshippers. They are indoctrinating you."

    I think of her and Anita Baker and Sade and others who make an album, do a tour, then go back to living their life as the ones who got it figured out. She sure aint no puppet and my hat goes off to her!

  14. looking says:

    this made me think of jennifer annistan for some reason. there is always some new pics of her new awsome pad, some new house full of amenities. awsome views. and she seems to always end up on some yearly most beautiful list. and whenever she has a movie coming out, she poses sexily with the leading man on magazine covers amid rumors that they are an item. then there are off-the-wall conspiracy-type photos of her looking empty, no soul in her eyes, like a clone, with plastic silicon-looking skin. makes me wonder. did she trade her soul for her fame and rich lifestyle? she is always being complemeted and possitive things said about her on the controlled media. she must be doing something right with the ptb.

    • LVB says:

      The answer is, yes. You have noticed this pattern that many people never do, and never will.

      You are thinking and asking all the right questions. Good job and keep at it. :)

    • lowie says:

      Exactly! She's on Yahoo News almost every day although she isn't extraordinarily beautiful or talented.

  15. Tina says:

    This is so intense. You are so taken aback. I have always respected her so much and I admired her for being so courageous and having the guts to leave. For her to speak up now comes as a huge surprise. I hope her life isnt in danger now.

  16. superninja says:

    They will get you for not paying taxes. Death and taxes, certainties. I applaud her for being willing to remove her family from it and also for addressing it in the open when she knows there is a cost, and that her words will be distorted. If she agrees to pay them money over time, they will likely leave her alone, but I'm sure that's a bitter pill and in all likelihood will remind her of being tethered to the same system she wanted to escape. The thing is, you can't ever fully escape it, Caesar must have his due. She just has to walk with the Lord and maintain her integrity. That is enough.

    • Rebecca says:

      they would probably leave a normal person alone in that situation, but not a famous person like lauryn hill, who they want to take down because she is not conforming to what they want her to do.

    • freedom says:

      What you have to realize is that we live in a system. As citizens of America we willingly submit ourselves to taxes because we live in fear of what wil happen if we dont. However, we all have a sovereign right that frees us from such instituions and governmental ploys that attack our financial,medical, mental,and psychological well being. There is a conscious revolution taking place where people are discovering the power of sovereignty within and eradicating the bullshit that is the matrix/system. THEY fear this revolution and with do anything to thawrt its growth but this movement cannot be stopped by the media,drones, concentration camps, or nuclear bombs. Let us not criticize Lauryn or even bow to her but make her movement and purpose finding the power within. Peace & Love.

      • Gadfly says:

        Are you saying the revolution is an every man for himself, noone pays taxes, "pull your bootstraps up" type? Because that is what these Satanists WANT to happen. The government is the only entity powerful enough to stand up to the elite enslaving this nation. That is why it is imperative that the government be taken back from these fascists and and once again serve it's citizens instead of the corporations and banks.

        You have to remember the you neighbor is more important than yourself. This every man for himself ethos is satanic in nature.

  17. marie says:

    She had to find her peace of mind

  18. LVB says:

    This is such an amazing letter she has written. I can guarantee you that it expresses views that are shared by many people who are or have been in the "entertainment business", but who were either unable to escape it, or not brave enough to do and say what she has.

    I applaud Lauryn Hill and wish her all the peace, health, happiness and success in the world. She deserves it for standing up to this Beast, and living life on her own terms.

    Fame and fortune is only the beginning, you see – after that arrives, you must then discover who you REALLY are (maybe for the first time), and figure out a way to avoid losing your soul in the process. Because, make no mistake about it – that Beast wants your soul, and it will promise you anything to get it. It will tell you such beautiful lies to hide the terrible truth.

    Here's a mass media article that actually reveals a lot about this entertainment Beast, I think maybe more than they intended to reveal, if you read closely between the lines. Then again, they do SO love throwing out little clues to the "ignorant" masses – hiding in plain sight.

    There are two or three common threads and patterns here with the wealthy and powerful Hollyweird degenerate elite – let's see if you can spot them.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/politica

    Also, there are some very key people that are conspicuously NOT listed here as being "big playas" – which is very revealing, in itself. (You can refer to my "Who Runs the Show?" article for additional clues and info.)

    • Freeyourmind says:

      @LVB Hey how are you? Been a long time. Is your Glad to see ya (sort of) Great letter from Lauryn Hill. I never thought she was crazy and I knew this was one of their many schemes. Hats off to her. She is an amazing talent and I have always luved her music. I wish the music industry wasn't this way but it is. Very sad. People still think its a joke and its really nothing to play with.

  19. Ralphster says:

    Taxman don't wait for nobody.

    • LVB says:

      "Taxman don't wait for nobody" – well, except for the Treasury Secretary Geithner, and uhmm half of Obamas' other cabinet officials. :)

  20. life more abundantly says:

    Lauren, i totally believe what you have written in this letter. Even though we have missed you for a while, i totally respect your decision. When you first went off the scene i didn't understand, but now it is very clear. I only believe that "they" want to come after you now because they know people loved seeing you come out at summer jam and perform. You got so much praise and even good media attention, until they realized that the people would fall in love with you all over again. They had to hurry up and plant something on you so your image in peoples minds could stay sour. We dont care about "them" Lauren, we only care about you and your well being. I cant believe they would come after you for the same tax money they used to "bailout" thier own kind. Be who God called you to be Lauren, for if God be with you, WHO can be against you?

    ~Life MORE abundantly

    • lovernotafighter says:

      Well said. Lauryn You'll be fine :) There are many artists that walked away and you will be their voice. There is a huge awakening in society and the entertainment industry and you aren't the only artist speaking out that's why you feel comfortable to say what you have to say. I love you and may God Bless you and your beautiful family. Hugs!

  21. Antonio says:

    It's just sad that on other sites (eg TMZ, MSN) there are a lot of commentators throwing L Boogie under the bus for this.

    • neava says:

      I visited a site and was disgusted that they couldn't comprehend the letter. Complaining they needed a dictionary, i'm not reading it, it's too long,,,,,,,, ?????? Talk about being dumbed downed

      Yet these same people rant and rave over a stanza scribbled by Beyonce on her tumbler containing a few lines, composed of 4-5 word sentences, made up mostly of the words " I, me , a, &, (,), and the word inspired written over and over again !

      P.S. I like the way she disguised what she was really trying to say. How she intertwined it into another subject matter. I bet she knew it would roll right over most head. I have to say I was shocked at the reaction. That they didn't get it O_O !

  22. Ditte says:

    Wow, just wow. If only more people knew what she is in fact talking about! Before I woke up, I wouldn't have bothered to read the whole letter.

  23. The world is a sad and desperate place these days. I feel so bad for all the young people and children growing up in this world its just so totally messed up.

    Its a huge feat for anybody to get out without checking out or being checked out these days but its good to see that some people are aware of how the system is trying to drown us all in its filth and arent so easily fooled and just sell out! How can people sell their souls just for fame, material wealth etc I couldnt live with myself feeling that empty!

    Reminds me a lot of invasion of the body snatchers!

    I hope that more people wake up and get out before its really to late for all of us.

  24. Yorkcity777 says:

    Strong woman, strong words. Have been listening to her songs ever since I first heard her on Sister Act. May she continue to deny these manipulations and do God's work and all will be well with her.

  25. HarmoniiesPoet says:

    I would love to go where ever that community is and join the resistance and build it stronger till we get to the point of matching our oppressors and take the whole situation to the point of no return.

  26. Guilherme says:

    Hope she releases new music! I was 9 when 'Miseducation' came out, Lauryn was a rare voice to go global for female singer standards, very strong and social/political smart. I have this terrible nostalgia, being that young, stayed in my memory like those brief moments where culture seemed collectively aware and positive about the future, that turn of millennia thing, and it felt like it was going to be a trend(in the good sense of the word).

    10 years after, ow it went down spiral, you'll always find the thoughts your looking for, independently, but the mainstream n its main influence has it's attention on the superficial, pleasure principle complex, more n more so that radio music and top whatever are becoming kids music, there's only so much 'excitement' you can relate too[being on the other side] without real mind nourishment.

  27. SilverC says:

    A very powerful and moving message. I applaud Lauren for getting herself and her family away from a toxic situation.

    That being said, what does seperating herself from the entertainment industry have to do with paying or not paying taxes? I'm not being facetious; I truly don't understand what the one has to do with the other.

    • Faith says:

      My understanding is that she needed time off from working, which led to her not having the funds to be able to pay the IRS. Also, that she wasn't being given many options when she WAS able to work, that weren't Illuminati-connected.

      And because she refused to work for and with them anymore for all those reasons…that led to her not having enough money to be able to pay the IRS.

    • chartreuse says:

      It's all run and operated by the same entities. Anything institutional – education, health, entertainment, finance, etc. – is all intertwined as systems of control. When you're disengaging from the system it's not simply the music industry – there are many other sectors to dismantle.

  28. Ant$ says:

    We're assuming that Lauryn Hill suddenly found out about the ills of music industry and left. Maybe she knew all along what it entailed. Maybe baby Zion was to be a blood sacrifice. Who knows? I applaud her fully for leaving the industry but she seems too bright to not know anything about that culture.

  29. Gods child says:

    I was sad that shes been gone so long but now i completly overstand why she left. I love her music and she is a grate person. She did what she feel is right in her heart. More of these industry people should be like her and GET OUT. P.s. Would love to hear some of her 'underground' music.

  30. C. deMille says:

    i think the relevance to her being underground and not paying taxes is the lack of communicaton between herself and industry accountants…. because she was acting under the belief that she was in real danger the necessary exchange of information and paperwork to file her taxes never took place

  31. Ken says:

    I applaud and commend her for this. When I read this yesterday, I immediately knew what she was indirectly speaking of. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to read between the lines of 'military industrial complex' and essentially saying she refused to compromise and sell her 'soul' to the satanic music industry. I'm reading the blogs and their calling her crazy. This just reaffirmed to me that she still has her brains about her. God bless you Lauryn, for your courage to speak on things countless others in your industry refuse to admit or are afraid to say. You put a smile on the face and a sigh of relief of those of us in the KNOW of what's really going on in the world. Were shaking our heads at the idiots calling you crazy for this.

  32. Camille says:

    her letter is so poignant, well written, and intelligent. it's amazing. it contradicts everything negative that could have been said by the industry she is speaking about. she is most certainly is brave and strong.

    • Camille says:

      just wanted to add that some of the letter reminded me of david chappelle talking about the industry when he said, "maybe the environment is sick" when celebrities are outcasted and slandered.

  33. Truth B. Told says:

    I've always liked Lauryn Hill. Nothing but respect for Ms. Hill for taking the necessary steps to regain and redefine herself. I recall a scripture in the bible where satan tries 3x's to tempt Jesus :

    1. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command the stone to become bread”

    “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Nice come back to set the spiritual back ahead of the physical.

    2. The devil then took Jesus to the top of a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. Then said, “All this authority I will give You and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

    “You shall have no other gods before Me.” At this price, the cost was far too high to take out evil with one act. Again, Christ responses quoting scripture to rebuke the devil’s temptation.

    3. For the last recorded temptation the devil brought Jesus to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If Your are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”

    In all three temptations, the devil tries to tempt Christ in areas that the devil knows would tempt Him. If they were not areas that would legitimately tempt Christ then the temptations would not be valid. The devil can only provide the choice; it is up to us to choose the right path.

    I just felt the need to show how even Jesus was tempted by satan, but He fought him w/ the Word of God. After that, satan fleed from Jesus and left Him alone!!!

    • Truth B. Told says:

      ***fled, not fleed…sorry!!

    • so sad says:

      Sorry to ask a dumb question but I was raised very badly, no religion and by a crazy person that I truly believe is possessed by evil. I never knew any different and did bad things myself (even the worst thing a woman could do…more than once) and now I have woken up but I cannot live with myself! I pray and have begged for forgiveness but I don't feel like God is listening. Am I too late, do I even have a soul left? Or will I burn in hell? How can God forgive my evil?

      • The Battle is the Lo says:

        John 8:4 "They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act"… John 8:7 "and (Jesus) said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her"… John 8:9 " And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."…" he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee"…. John 8:11 " And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

        Let no man of this world condemn you as we are ALL sinners, with "hearts that are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" Jer 17:9. Continue to repent, pray for forgiveness and "Sin no more" as the Lord Jesus has commanded you and day by day when you realize that he has died to redeem you a long time ago, you'll then begin to forgive yourself.

  34. Raquel says:

    You know I was born in the ninties era so i don't recall music in general at all because I wasn't concerned with it..however I do recall hearing her voice through my sisters generation playing it (80's babies were teens when i was born). Once I had gotten older and learned of her music myself I naturally began to compare the difference in her style of music verses the more up to date that was coming out at the time… I have to say I that even as teenager I got a different feeling when I listened to her than when I listened to other artists. Her stories seemed so real or as if i was watching a movie through her lyrics alone without having to watch the video for it. I had a feeling she had something to say and that she wasn't going to do it the mainstream way and i see now that I was right. When I heard about them calling her crazy, I knew nothing of this website or what it's about…with that said..I never once believed she had gone crazy. I didn't know what happened but I didn't think she went crazy. Being a person myself who gets cast out sometimes by my own peers for digging past the surface of things to see whats really going on… I just kind of figured that that was what might have happened to her. Nobody likes to be around people that always or majority of the time gets you to "think" instead of just indulging in ignorance together. I learned that the hard way. Ignorance is bliss as they say and it is..but at some point it's time to grow up. There is a time to relax/have fun and a time to get deep into things. This article from Lauryn helped me to have solid feelings about her well being even more so now. I mean…she's so mentally stable she used some words that I don't even know the meaning of! LOL They went right over my head! If that's not the old Lauryn Hill then I don't know who is! Between her and Nas you have to have your dictionary on hand or else you will be left behind. Most of it I understood however. I believe her and it's nice to know.

  35. Felix Mercer says:

    I'd be interested what she thought about VC and all of us. She could even post under an alias like Lara Mountain or something.

  36. Lia says:

    I never thought she would have written somethings like this. she is so strong but I do wonder she performs occasionally so I wondered how can they let her do that?

    Or was it just because she had no new songs, new albums anymore, no more fame and money.. maybe it was that what they wanted to stop for her. Because she wasn't that big of a star like example Michael Jackson, so she freely stopped and they let her live her life BUT ruined her career.

    and ofcourse everyone is going to call her cra y for this

  37. Flimflam says:

    Was hoping she wasn't going to be so vague. Those in the industry probably read this and held their sides and laughed.

  38. Truth says:

    If she pulled away from the music industry then why was she performing at Summerjam 2012. LOOK. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUMSceOWSTM

  39. sob112 says:

    God Bless Lauryn Hill for not conforming. It is so sad that few artists escape that terrifying grip. Look at Britney, she tried to leave, but was pulled back. She's now one of many victims. Tragic

  40. LVB says:

    This old Crowded House song kinda says it all about this whole disease of "fame":

    "I'd much rather have a caravan in the hills,

    than a mansion in the slums

    The taste of success only lasts you half an hour or less,

    but it loves you when it comes

    And you laugh at yourself while you're bleedin' to death

    I'd much rather have a trampoline in my front room

    Than an isolation tank

    I wish I was a million miles away from the manager's door

    There's trouble at the bank

    You laugh at yourself as you go deep into debt

    You laugh at yourself while he's breathin' down your neck

    And you laugh at yourself

    While you're bleedin' to death

    With somebody else

    Always breathin' down your neck

    Laugh at yourself

    While he's hangin' over your head

    I saw it's over…

    It'll soon be over"

    – Neil Finn

  41. GrowingUp31 says:

    If not for this article, I would not come across her name. I am rather out of touch with the entertainment world, especially the music side, due to the lack of depth of songs written by most of the artists.

    I am surprised at her letter above, because she has excellent command of English, which sadly many current artists do not have.

    I applaud her for prioritizing hers and her family's well-being before fame and wealth, and pray that she will never submit to the 'evil ones' until her last breath.

    I hope that she and her family will always be safe.

  42. Tasha says:

    Thanks for sharing VC!! Lauryn I always supported you and I always will!! Love you honey!

  43. KyleMoore says:

    I think it's sad and scary that this just makes me worry for her … and I think this letter was a stupid idea, but it's not THAT bad so don't worry about it. She'll be fine. Those taxes she'll have to pay though.

  44. Marozia says:

    Big applause to Lauren Hill for writing this letter. This was very brave to stand up to the Illuminati in this way. Good for you, Lauren.

  45. LoverofGod says:

    Don't fear for Miss Hill!…she was born to tell this story!…one thing we will all face one day is death, probably the most freeing experience, but time here in these dark days is about taking a risk for something good!…she is living the life Almighty God ordained for her to live, lucky to be trusted with such a duty to gather souls and lead them into true light!…God bless Miss Hill, brave woman of God!

  46. flower says:

    I loveee Lauryn Hill beautiful on the inside and outside, her music and artistry is phenomenal <3 God Bless You Lauryn keep safe and hope your back soon with some new music, but safety first.

  47. lovernotafighter says:

    YOU GO GIRL!!! LUV YOU LAURYN HILL!!!

  48. Dillimus says:

    This is more of a lengthly complaint than a "standing up to". She's done no whistle blowing, just her complaining and griping. And it took a tax bill to piss her off enough to do that. I'd like to some clear, concise, detailed instances, otherwise it's as credible as someone ticked at their employer and bitching about it online without going into detail or naming any names just so they won't lose their job. There's nothing noble about that.

    • Dillimus says:

      Edit: "I’d like to see* some clear, concise, detailed instances…"

    • Jenny Till says:

      If you do research on these topics you wouldn't need clear instances on what she is talking about (as most of us are aware of what it is). Exploitation and Enlightening are two different concepts and I do not believe her mission or purpose with writing this letter was to bash or exploit-rather to enlighten people on her challenges as an artist that was once in the industry. Read the rest of the topics and articles on this website and do some reading and research and you eye will be opened without need for further clarification. Thanks!

    • sher says:

      well since she is not beholding to you , she doesn't have to. remember she still has children to protect and maybe you have not thought of that!!!

  49. lovernotafighter says:

    People who are only focusing on her taxes are missing the bigger picture. Lauryn's PRIORITY was her family and her safety not the government. She can easily hire an accountant and a lawyer and nip this "small" problem in the butt. When you're running for your life and trying to stay safe (those who understand how dangerous these handlers can be know what I'm talking about) you don't have time to think about taxes. If you read up on her she lives between Jamaica and the United States. Wake up! These people want you DEAD! They don't care about your individuality or your creativity. They want the glory, money and power all for themselves. They'll only reward you if you play their game and bow to their agenda. Lauryn poses a threat to their "establishment", but I feel she'll be safe because many artists are saying no and are fighting as well. Remember there are much more artists who say no than yes and now want their voices heard.

    • SilverC says:

      Except during the years she didn't file taxes, she still continued to make public appearances. It's not as if she went into her own version of a witness protection program. She wasn't in the limelight, but she wasn't exactly invisible either.

    • Mick says:

      She earned money, she has to pay taxes, that's the law. She didn't come out and say, "Oh, these big bad industry people are making my life a living hell," before. Not until she's being threatened with jail time for not paying over a million dollars in taxes that she owes on the money she made. I personally do not believe that all of these musicians and entertainers are the innocent victims they are made out to be. They know what they're doing, and yet they continue to do it. It's sort of like feeling bad for a guy in the mob who gets offed. He knew what he was doing, he knew what he was involved in, his hands were dirty. It's a machine and they're all cogs in it.

      • c says:

        save your intellect for a more receptive group Mick, these yahoos are deluted stargazers who are getting sucked in to worshiping and even feeling sorry for these people…as if that isn't itself mind control. He's a joke now but Bob Hope was a admired and respected man back in the day..come on people they are not even slaves ok

      • sher says:

        maybe you should speak to prince about that!!!! he broke free and is now HIS OWN MAN!!!!!

  50. Susan says:

    Thank you Lauryn Hill for writing the truth about the music industry. I don't blame you in the least for going 'underground' as I think that's the ONLY thing you could do. Stay strong and keep fighting against them.

  51. Riverland says:

    I'm interested in where I could find a place to live outside the system and just be free. I saw a movie called Wanderlust, where they depicted the people in a commune as really crazy and nutty only doing drugs. NYC was the real and good life. Is this what the elite want us to think about living outside the box? That your just joining a bunch of loonies?

    • so sad says:

      Yes it is…and people believe it! We keep to ourselves because we have "crazy ideas", I guess it's evident by just looking at us. However, we try not to take it personal, because if you're caught up in the Matrix, how can you relate to someone who talks about God, food storage, weapons and conspiracy theories?? What's real to you is your car payment, your mortgage, your job and keeping up with the other people in the Matrix. Most people blow us off because we look poor and talk about things that people don't want to think about. It's sad though because there is SO much room for personal growth when you remove all the modern day distractions/illusions….

  52. sister soul says:

    It takes courage to do what you did Miss Hill, so refreshing to see people like you, so talented and beautiful stand up for truth. May God be with you.

  53. Goddess Queen says:

    Wow, Ms. Hill's words are wise and true. She is one of the greatest multi-talented artists ever! Her album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" is (& always will be) 1 of my favorites. The music industry has to make it look like they accept her somewhat otherwise it will be too obvious how the really feel and they will be the #1 suspect if something bad happens to her and/or her family. The music business is often blatant but they are just as often incognito in their wicked dealings and evil actions. She is a role model for saying NO to the materialism, worship of money and all of the other evils offered and encouraged by the music business. THAT'S why they want to either get rid of her or silence her or use her as a puppet and get her back in the industry.

  54. high plains drifter says:

    this woman has a enemy. she knows it quite well. she met it face to face. she swam with it in polluted rivers. she sang her songs for them. she signed her contracts and laughed. it lasted for a season. then she made a decision. she went against "them" now the price for this freedom must be paid. how dare her to actually try and get away from our grip of control and manipulation. so now we pan outward from this woman and we see a nation which is living under similar circumstances. her enemy is our enemy. her enemy is my enemy. we have in this country, certain parties who do not care about this country. who only care about one tribe. their tribe. we all know who they are, let us not deceive ourselves and pretend it is not so. her enemy which she met face to face, is our enemy. this enemy must be destroyed or they will destroy you and I. they will destroy this country. who owns hollywood? who owns the media? who controls our government? why do we fight wars that never end chasing enemies that we can never find because these enemies were concocted for us and made for us. the military industrial complex is owned by them. the banks are fun by them. wall street is run by them. politicians shake in their boots when they speak. she knows them quite well. she has dealt with them . she has met satan face to face and in one of the physical manifestations, he was of a certain tribe. he had a certain cachet for a name , didn't he? so now, all things move in one direction now. can you see it? can you see it? it is there for all to see. they care not what we think. we are just cattle to be used and thrown away, much like black singers in hollywood. so now , we come to the end of fiat. what shall we do? what shall we do? have we forgotten how to fight? have we forgotten how to rebel. my country is dying. who shall stand for her? who?

  55. high plains drifter says:

    oh one more thing. this woman is dangerous. i would think. she is a loose cannon on deck. she is just as dangerous as michael was and whitney. she is next on the list, this i promise you. she had better watch her self real good. i am sure she knows who she is dealing with. my houston home boy randy quaid knows full well about it. people thought he was crazy rambling on about bazaar plots by people in hollywood to eliminate people for various reasons.

  56. alertandaware says:

    You people seemed to have forgotten about the hip hop artist 'DMX'. He's a born again christian now and has escaped from and rejected the system. Now days the media always portray him as having gone insane and he's been setup and arrested many times and they have even put him in prison for speaking out and rebelling against them. Look it up!

  57. Chucky W says:

    I should have known something was up with Lauryn, when all of a sudden, all of the mainstream/propaganda media outlets started running stories about her recently, saying she's broke and in trouble financially. The same thing they did to Whitney Houston about four or five months before she died. They slandered Whitney a new one; telling lies about how she was so broke and down and out that she had to go begging to friends to borrow even just a hundred dollars. They really made her out to be a lowlife. Then she ends up dead. But I notice they're not rushing to tell the TRUTH about how that Jezebel, Baphomet-worshipping whore Beyonce lied through her teeth about being pregnant and giving birth, or the TRUTH about how her perverted husband is leading millions of people to eternal damnation through his satanic music.

    I appreciate Lauryn's courage and I will pray for and her family. But, I'm not gonna complain about the evil, wicked music industry because like I've always said: if you wanna kill the hideous Beast that's driving it, do it by not supporting it financially or giving it your time and attention. The reason the industry keeps going the way it is is because it has hundreds of millions of clueless people supporting it and giving it their energy. That's how it is surviving; off of the (financial and spiritual) energy of all these people who obviously don't mind being indoctrinated – as long as the indoctrination has a good beat behind it that they can bob their heads and shake their asses to.

    If you don't know what "loosh" is, look it up and then apply it to the satanic music industry, and to the satanic Hollywood movie industry as well. The Beast needs your loosh; it needs the loosh of all your family, friends and associates. It needs that loosh because the loosh it what keeps it alive and thriving.

    Ever wonder why people get excited and emotional over celebrities and entertainers?

    • Beautiful One says:

      That's not Beyonce's husband. That's her pimp and handler. It was his job to "marry" her because they need her to dumb-down young women and get them filled with her harlot spirit named Sasha Fierce. So they sent him in to "marry" her so she can help him carry out their evil agenda. It's a shame people look up to them as if they're some great example of Black love, when really, there's nothing "loving" about them. I mean what man you know would be thrilled to see his wife exposing her crotch or vagina onstage like she does? Only a pimp would be thrilled at a woman doing such a thing.

    • Leland says:

      Can you offer up some evidence or websites that support your claim that Beyonce was NOT actually pregnant? I wouldn't be surprised if she wasn't, but I like to research stuff for myself. Thanks

  58. fowL7999 says:

    Damn….it sounds like they were threatening her and her family pretty hard. It kinda sounds like they got really close to to harming her or her family. I can just tell by her writing style. It seems like there might have been a "too close for comfort" incident recently. I bet she left the country or is in some type of private protection program or something. These people are wicked and evil. I bet they can get access and info to anywhere and anything.

  59. Lacey says:

    I didn't get it at first. Years ago before I began researching "the machine" and the elite I thought Lauryn withdrew because of marital problems. I assumed she was so hurt by the dishonesty in her marriage, but what the hell did I know? I was gathering my information from blogs. But..I was reading as a fan. I am a fan of her music.

    After reading her tumblr post, she verifies what we believe to be true everyday. It really makes me sad she had to go through those trials of trying to maintain herself and her family. I'm sure she felt alone and barely had anyone to trust because as we all know…everyone "up there" is controlled. Who did she have to talk to? It all makes sense now. Lauryn Hill, Dave Chapelle. I don't know why Chapelle even came back.

  60. Good for her not wanting to fund the perpetual war machine and pay off the governments debts to the banisters!

  61. Abris says:

    Lauryn Hill is a woman of god and has never compromised on that and therefore has always been targeted by the system.

    I remember how MTV slandered her name, printing false information on their website that she said in an interview "I would rather have my child starve than have white peope buy my album". And to this day there are still people who believe that she is a racist when she in fact said no such thing. It just infuriates me that they are able to do such things. God help her

  62. PeaceBEStill says:

    It's funny how artist like Rihanna who flash us almost every week and promote drug use as seen as normal, and real artist like Ms. Hill are crazy?…What?

  63. Lolo says:

    Check her song "The Lost Ones" – we know what she was ralking about there

    • Freetoday says:

      It's funny how money change a situation ;)

      Miscommunication leads to complication

      My emancipation don't fit your equation

      I was on the humble, you – on every station

      Some wan' play young Lauryn like she dumb

      But remember not a game new under the sun

      Everything you did has already been done

      I know all the tricks from Bricks to Kingston

      My ting done made your kingdom wan' run

      Now understand L. Boogie's non violent

      But if a thing test me, run for mi gun

      Can't take a threat to mi newborn son

      L's been this way since creation

      A groupie call, you fall from temptation

      Now you wanna ball over separation

      Tarnish my image in your conversation

      Who you gon' scrimmage, like you the champion

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      Now, now how come your talk turn cold

      Gained the whole world for the price of your soul

      Tryin' to grab hold of what you can't control

      Now you're all floss, what a sight to behold

      Wisdom is better than silver and gold

      I was hopeless now I'm on Hope road

      Every man want to act like he's exempt

      When him need to get down on his knees and repent

      Can't slick talk on the day of judgement

      Your movement's similar to a serpent

      Tried to play straight, how your whole style bent?

      Consequence is no coincidence

      Hypocrites always want to play innocent

      Always want to take it to the full out extent

      Always want to make it seem like good intent

      Never want to face it when it's time for punishment

      I know that you don't wanna hear my opinion

      [ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/l/lauryn-hill-lyrics/... ]

      But there come many paths and you must choose one

      And if you don't change then the rain soon come

      See you might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you really lost one

      You just lost one, it's so silly how come

      When it's all done did you really gain from

      What you done done, it's so silly how come

      You just lost one

      Now don't you understand man universal law

      What you throw out comes back to you, star

      Never underestimate those who you scar

      Cause karma, karma, karma comes back to you hard

      You can't hold God's people back that long

      The chain of Shatan wasn't made that strong

      Trying to pretend like your word is your bond

      But until you do right, all you do will go wrong

      Now some might mistake this for just a simple song

      And some don't know what they have 'til it's gone

      Now even when you're gone you can still be reborn

      And, from the night can arrive the sweet dawn

      Now, some might listen and some might shun

      And some may think that they've reached perfection

      If you look closely you'll see what you've become

      Cause you might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you just lost one

      You might win some but you really lost one

      You just lost one, it's so silly how come

      When it's all done did you really gain from

      What you done done, it so silly how come

      [repeat to end]

  64. Sandra says:

    IRS = Govt. Mafia.

  65. John says:

    Lauryn, God speed and my prayers are with you. Thank you for being a strong woman and taking a stand for what's right and not selling your soul.

  66. thenameisnotimprotan says:

    ONE TIME!

  67. MADE IN USA says:

    I so looooove Lauren!! I have always liked the way she speaks the truth…Miseducation of Lauren Hill is the best album that a teenage girl could have listened to. Helped me get through a lot. Fight the good fight Lauren. God Bless all you truth seekers and eye-openers. Much Love.

  68. Awakened says:

    If anyone has ever listened to the lyrics of her song "To Zion" then you know it is a beautiful well written song. I truly believe she was speaking out then about the industry in a few sentences then as well. Also Zion is the mountain where Moses received the ten commandments and is a very holy place. That is why I believe she named him Zion, not a tribute to the Satanic Zionist. Below are the lyrics to that song.

    Unsure of what the balance held

    I touched my belly overwhelmed

    By what I had been chosen to perform

    But then an angel came one day

    Told me to kneel down and pray

    For unto me a man child would be born

    Woe this crazy circumstance

    I knew his life deserved a chance

    But everybody told me to be smart

    Look at your career they said,

    "Lauryn, baby use your head"

    But instead I chose to use my heart

    Now the joy of my world is in Zion

    Now the joy of my world is in Zion

    How beautiful if nothing more

    Than to wait at Zion's door

    I've never been in love like this before

    Now let me pray to keep you from

    The perils that will surely come

    See life for you my prince has just begun

    And I thank you for choosing me

    To come through unto life to be

    A beautiful reflection of his grace

    See I know that a gift so great

    Is only one God could create

    And I'm reminded every time I see your face

    If you notice in the first stanza, people were trying to get her to abort her child and using her career as a basis for making a smart decision.

    • sister soul says:

      Wow Awakened! thank you for sharing and reminding me of those beautiful lyrics. Lauryn Hill is a true genius. We love you Lauryn.

  69. Sword says:

    Love me some Lauren Hill. Beautiful Black Woman. Had some rough patches and some bad decisions in her life. I am a DeNiro type Italian. Love the Black ladies….

  70. SuperiorOne says:

    Lauryn Hill – Wow. You amazing girl! I miss your music but now I know where to find you! I cringe at the thought of people like Beyonce (sell out), Rihanna (vile slut and sell out) oh the list goes on for days……………… YOU ARE MY ROLE MODEL. My Queen. Love you ma and I will always pray for you and your family. GOD IS WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO!

    Boy do we need more people like her

  71. Whatsupwiththat says:

    I hope she's ok. This link refers to her response that is being discussed here, but the pic has her with a mickey mouse ring on her right hand.

    Well, it *is* on her middle finger though.

    http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/11/lauryn-hi

  72. CalAsian says:

    Total crock of BS.

    I still remember reading about how she treated her domestics; it was like a slave driver. I can bet everything I have that she is still doing it to those who work for her.

    Once you are in, you never get out.

  73. Love&Light says:

    Love lauryn just got unplugged 2.0 this weekend. It's freedom time boo!

  74. Nikki says:

    Wow! I wonder what Dave Chappelle thinks about this! They tried to write him off as crazy too!

    • Estamos Juntos says:

      Yeah… I wonder if these people, like Lauryn and Dave Chapelle, are mind controlled slaves trying to break (or breaking) their mind control or if there's some "light in the end of the tunnel" and the entertainment industry DOES have people who are NOT mind controlled, maybe just owned partially, and they wish they could put everything they see and hear out.

      • Sandra says:

        In my personal opinion only a few are mind controlled the others are heavily influenced, bribed, threatened, given terrible contracts, around dark people all the time, made to put things in lyrics or videos etc, but not mind controlled. Just imagine if you had a ton of dark people pressuring you and had the law backing them up and could kill you if they wanted or put you in a dark ritual or make you do sexual favors and they would never get caught, and it was your livelihood and you were dependent on it and also tied by contracts that you legally could not leave and also that after they were done with you they'd be leaving you alone and you'd have this great fame and wealth that you were used to having. Also, what David Chapelle said was right, once you are famous you can't get un-famous.

  75. parrot says:

    Yeah, all of a sudden I am a big fan of Lauryn Hill too, yeah….like everyone else, because you can't pay taxes through internet by being anywhere in the world even though you are rich,….weird. I'm a big fan….big fan I am. Love your music, I don't even know a song but I love it.

  76. KG says:

    I always respected Lauryn Hill.

    But this letter goes a long way to show how deeply, painfully full of herself she is. All this letter is, is a long, drawn out excuse for not paying her taxes. And trying desperately to protect her image.

    NOTHING in this letter is a good excuse for dodging taxes.

    The "evils" of the industry and protecting her family have nothing to do with filing your taxes. Sorry to all the people who will undoubtedly disagree, but the law is the law.

    • Sandra says:

      I would say we have no idea what is happening right now. The law is not just the law that should always be blindly obeyed no matter what. People must always take every angle into consideration. I mean yes if she was not paying her taxes just for more money and she was not in any danger or threat than yes she should pay the taxes. But I think the letter she is writing is explaining there is a lot more to this situation than what people are aware of.
      If someone breaks into your house and has a gun pointed at you, you’re allowed to shoot them, because you are protecting yourself out of self defense. I think too she is protecting her life and her family out of self defense, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Good for her!

  77. anamericanmom says:

    She just "has not filed" taxes, not that she owes taxes. This is not about money, but about her address. She does not want to "file" her address, due to who knows what threat beyond our understanding. The announcement by the IRS, (why now) is a media embarrassment attempt, since obviously, the media elite cannot shame her on drugs or promiscuity. My kids showed me a South Park episode of the Jeffersons, about how the police only frame "rich" black people. It is ironic, how so many are "shamed" in the media, to control their power. For Lauryn though, she is a "good" woman, and the entertainment industry just does not want her "goodness" shared with the public, limiting art and freedom of thought. I also want to add, maybe she needs to incorporate herself as a Delaware corporation in order to "file" taxes. Just a thought.

    • Curious says:

      That is what I thought as well. It seems that people are assuming that "did not file taxes" means "owes money." From what I gathered taxes are for income earned that given year so technically if you did not earn any money that year (or lived off savings) then are you actually breaking the law if you do not file taxes? It would be interesting to see what the law says (and maybe because of this incident there might be an amendment to change that so that you have to file no matter what). It is interesting to see also how easily we assume that there is a law for it (in this case that we file taxes no matter what though I doubt anyone can say for sure or if it was like this always).

      Heck this is from 2008 http://ask.metafilter.com/118780/How-do-I-do-taxe… and there are not a real yes or no answer which means that you are right. This has less to do with money owed but keeping tabs on someone who was trying to off the grid.

      Here are some more articles:
      http://www.smartmoney.com/taxes/income/in-some-ca

      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_income_do_you_

      I hate how the media is vilifying Lauren for doing something that appears to be within her legal right. She obviously chose to live off her past wealth frugally.

      What I worry about is why now? Who basically betrayed Lauren to the media? The IRS? Did the IRS leak this information despite it breaking privacy laws? Did her family or friends? Why? Aside from maybe missing that past lifestyle or the Illuminati getting to them? Is that maybe why Lauren came out the way she did? Did she realize they were threatening friends and family?

  78. Keks says:

    I really love Lauryn Hill for speaking out.

    Have anyone seen Justin Bieber's interview with a british accent?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhLuGj0vGb8

  79. rose from massachuse says:

    Well, what she has to say is very interesting.

    I hope nothing bad happens to her, like a "car accident," or a "plane crash."

  80. openyoureyesnclose y says:

    HOT DIGGDY DAM! GREAT letter! I been defending this lady since she pulled her disappearing act. I dont know how her fans could listen and feel the lyrics to her songs and NOT understand her retreat. Poor things, they bought into the whole "blitz" that she went "MAD". … she went to stay sane!

    Chris rock said it best in GQ magazine for the D'Angelo Article:

    " D'Angelo. Chris Tucker. Dave Chappelle. Lauryn Hill. They all hang out on the same island. The island of What Do We Do with All This Talent? It frustrates me."

    def another must read article..Mr. D'Angelo Archer says pretty much the same thing but is brave enough to utter the influences of Lucifer… http://www.gq.com/entertainment/music/201206/dang

    its 2012 PPL true artist are BURSTING at the seams! They are all coming back.. there is poignant art to be made to destroy the lies of the DECEIVERS!

    Peace n luv my vigilant sisters n brothers!

  81. Kushite Prince says:

    I love Lauryn! I've been a fan for over 15 years.The song "Get Out" explains it all. She is very brave to expose this sick demonic music industry. Hats off to her! I wish her well. I also think these charges are bogus.

  82. openyoureyesnclose y says:

    one more thing… She is a prophetess.. here are some of the most souls stirring lyrics I ever heard..chanelling truth n wisdom ! This is what hip hop was meant to be..a catalyst to get the ppl to change their perceptions and be free.. thats why it stirs us up like it does. The BEAST knows that .. henceforth he uses daily/hourly to push his agenda and products.

    Mystery of Inequity:

    Ms. Lauryn

    It's the mystery of Inequity…

    Said it's the misery of Inequity…

    Said it's the history of Inequity…

    When it all…

    All falls down…

    Telling you all…

    It all falls down

    Children…

    Eat your bread

    Little children…

    Eat your bread

    Cuz it all…

    All falls down…

    Telling you all…

    It all falls down

    [First and only verse]

    Yo!

    Ya'll can't handle the truth in a courtroom of lies

    Perjures the jurors

    Witness despised

    Crooked lawyers

    False Indictments publicized

    Its entertainment…the arraignments

    The subpoenas

    High profile gladiators in bloodthirsty arenas

    Enter the Dragon

    Black-robe crooked-balance

    Souls bought and sold and paroled for thirty talents

    Court reporter catch the surface on the paper

    File it in the system not acknowledged by the Maker

    Swearing by the bible blatantly blasphemous

    Publicly perpetrating that "In God We Trust"

    Cross-examined by a master manipulator

    The faster intimidator

    Receiving the judge's favor

    Deceiving sabers doing injury to they neighbors

    For status, gratis, apparatus and legal waivers

    See the bailiff

    Representing security

    Holding the word of God soliciting perjury

    The prosecution

    Political prostitution

    The more money you pay.. the further away solution

    Legal actors

    Babylon's benefactors

    Masquerading as the agency for the clients

    Hypocritical giants

    Morally non-compliant

    Orally armed to do bodily harm

    Polluted, recruited and suited judicial charm

    And the defense isn't making any sense

    Faking the confidence of escaping the consequence

    That a defendant is depending on the system

    Totally void of judgment purposely made to twist em'

    Emotional victim blackmailed by the henchmen

    Framed by intentions

    Inventions whereby they lynch men

    Enter the false witness slandering the accused

    Planting the seed openly showing he's being used

    To discredit, edit, headed for the alleged

    Smearing the individual fearing the unsuspected

    Expert witness (the paid authority)

    Made a priority to deceive the majority

    Of disinterested peers

    Dodging duty for years

    Hating the process

    waiting to be returning to their careers

    Do we expect the system made for the elect

    To possibly judge correct?

    Properly serve and protect?

    Materially corrupt

    Spiritually amuck

    Oblivious to the cause

    Prosperously bankrupt

    Blind leading the blind

    Guilty never defined

    Filthy as swine

    A generation purin it's own mind

    Legal extortion

    Blown out of proportion

    In vein deceit

    The truth is obsolete

    Only two positions:

    Victimizer or Victim

    Both end up in destruction trusting this crooked system

    Mafia with diplomas keeping us in a coma trying to own a piece

    of the "American Corona"

    The Revolving Door

    Insanity every floor

    Skyscraping, paper chasing

    What are we working for?

    Empty traditions

    Reaching social positions

    Teaching ambition to support the family superstition?

    When the Son of Perdition is Commander in Chief

    The standard is Thief

    Brethren can we candidly speak?

    Woe to the men

    Trusted in the chariots dem'

    Leaning on horses

    They run their intellectual sources

    Counterfeit wisdom creating the illusion of freedom

    Confusion consumes them

    Every word they speak it turns them out really white

    Internally they absent of light

    trapped in the night and bonded to the Cain of the night

    Under the curse

    Evil men waxing more worse

    Faxing the first

    Angelic being cast to the earth

    It's time for rebirth

    Burnin up the branch and the root

    The empty pursuits of every tree bearing the wrong fruit

    Turning me ill

    Let him who stole, no longer steal

    Oh it's real

    Surrender for Jehovah is real

    How long will you sleep

    Troubled by the thoughts that YOU keep

    The idols YOU heap

    Causing the destruction you reap

    Judgment has come

    Find it and return to the One

    Abandon the flesh

    Self-interest: Broadway to death

    Pride and the Greed

    Hide and subdividing the seed

    The knowledge of Good and Evil is what caused us to lie

    Caused us to die

    Let your emotions be crucified

    Renounce all your thoughts

    Repent and let your mind be re-taught

    You'll find what you sought…was based on the deception you bought

    A perception of naught

    Where the majority remains caught

    Loving a lie

    Not realizing in Adam, all die

    Loving a lie

    Not realizing in Adam, all die

    Loving a lie

    Not realizing in Adam, all die

    Loving a lie

    Not realizing in Adam, all die

    [sing songy Chorus Outro]

    It's the mystery of Inequity

    Say it's the history of Inequity

    Say it's the misery of Inequity

    When it all…

    All falls down

    I'm telling you all…

    It all falls down

  83. ModernHippie says:

    Lauryn Hill is the epitome of a true undisguised artist. Genuine to her craft & true to her heart. She didn't let the glitz and glam of the entertainment business reel her in like a lost puppy & got away the best way she thought possible when trying to be deceived. Not to mention she is an artist who wrote EVERY single song on her album 'MisEducation of Lauryn Hill' (you can't find that nomore). More of the world need to applaude those Lauryns out there instead of shunning them.

  84. Kenj says:

    I'm beginning to see the pattern of celebrities who have been projected by the media as 'crazy' or having some type of meltdown over the years (Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Martin Lawrence, dave chappelle-he confirmed the need to get away-just to name a few) but in reality perhaps its their reaction to dealing with those dark forces in entertainment which are coming for them. Thank you for the article. I pray for her continued safety. Just fyi Lauryn created a song about this situation too; its on youtube.

    • Gladys says:

      You have to feel sorry for B Spears. The poor woman has been driven around the bend so many times. They treat her like a lunatic when she ended up to this state by others.

    • Sandra says:

      yes and not only that but the media is directing an attack at them of sorts by then spreading rumors and making them look like cocaine addicts, also so if they kill them and put lot’s drugs in their systems at the time it won’t be suspicious.

  85. King Kanti says:

    I admire Lauryn Hill so much ! She is truly doing work for the Living God !!! If she ever leaves this earth, know that it is God who has called her to heaven, NOTHING can harm her on earth. She is in the Right Hand of the One. GO LAURYN I <3 YOU !!!!

  86. Tim Dog says:

    Here's a speech Lauryn gave during a performance at a Christmas benefit concert at the Vatican. Talking about balls eloquence and truth:

    "I am sorry if I am about to offend some of you. I did not accept my invitation to celebrate with you the birth of Christ. Instead I ask you why you are not in mourning for Him in this place? I want to ask you, what have you got to say about the lives you have broken? What about the families who were expecting God and instead were cheated by the Devil? Who feels sorry for them, the men, women and children damaged psychologically, emotionally and mentally by the sexual perversions and abuse carried out by the people they believed in? Holy God is a witness to the corruption of your leadership, of the exploitation and abuses which are the minimum that can be said for the clergy. There is no acceptable excuse to defend the church."

  87. VcFan says:

    I totally applaud her but I do not think it is necessarily wise to speak out about it in public (ie. her statement). The illuminati do not want people knowing about the evil music industry and her song just makes it so obvious, that I fear she will end up exactly like Whitney, Whinehouse and Jacko.

    PEOPLE, PRAY FOR HER SAFETY!

  88. Daneen says:

    How come fame and fortune, especially in the music business, effects artists so differently? It can't all boil down to mind control and illuminati involvement. Lauryn always seemed a little bubble off plumb, anyway.

  89. Katie says:

    I love this woman. Her music and voice are both beautiful. Shes a strong women and makes an incredible role model. Much better then whats out there now. This right here is true talent, and a true artist who is real. Her songs are actually about something and her truly trying to express herself. LOVE HER! :)

  90. unchained says:

    Her album Mis-eduction is my all time classic and hoped to hear a lot from her since then but when she went quiet I really did think she abandoned me (as a fan) and thought "why?"… Now I know.

    Thank you VC

  91. xoxo says:

    I hope ms hill reads this. as the comments sections only shows love breads love, the same way hate breads hate. Without good you would not have bad, so forth and so forth.

    How can you fault a woman who as a solo artist that made one album and shut the shop down, the album is timeless and the messages she puts across are as potent as they were when they were first written and will forever be.

    As much i find vg informative. We need to understand that finding your own solution is better than a compliant of other peoples actions towards a system. all of us have the opportunity to change the situation just by shutting ourselves out from it.

    Solution;

    don't read that free paper or magazine that fills u with useless information on ways to live your life

    switch off the radio that streams the same mindless songs all day,

    turn of the music that makes no sense and makes you wonder what on earth are they on about and if they are actually crazy.

    Now then ever we have the choice to decide what we listen, read and hear. Its upto you!

    As i said to a mate the other day 'It's our world. It's as mad as we make it. Like the crazy dude on the corner we all see the same thing' It's just what you do with it that counts

  92. Veronica says:

    My mother was quite fond of her during the late '90s and stated on more than one occasion that she felt few in the industry reflected the same class and integrity as Hill did in pop media culture. I'm glad to see that hasn't changed.

  93. U Are Loved says:

    Jamie Lynn Spears has a new song out; 'I Look Up To You'. Obviously about her sis Britney. The lyrics are very interesting and it appears Jamie Lynn is trying to help her sister.

    Jamie Lynn: STAY AWAY FROM HOLLYWOOD, THE ILLUMINATI and ANY RECORDING OUTFIT THAT IS SATANIC. You can do it on your own!

    Britney is under TOTAL MIND CONTROL and the media paints her as having bipolar disorder (a completely made-up condition by the Nazi Sicko-Psychiatric Industry) so, anytime Britney tries to free herself she is accused of being off her meds.

    Help FREE BRITNEY!!

  94. Oscar :) says:

    Good for her!

  95. heyho says:

    Thanks Lauryn, for standing up for the unheard. Many other female artists would wish to have half her talent. The music business is ruthless and demonic and I have no respect for these puppets like Beyonce, Gaga, Madonna etc.. How can I when they the tell you how much they love their "fans" then stab them in the back.

  96. Shekima says:

    One of my favorite things about VC, besides the informative articles, is the vast amount of information in the various comments. It's one of the things that keeps me coming back day after day, week after week. Thanks to all of you for sharing so much knowledge :)

  97. anii says:

    god is great, as messt up this world is god is pure and loves all of us

    music, fashion, and media try to change us all

    but we must remain strong and seek god for his true love and peace

    the world is only getting worse as the days go

    all we must do is have faith

  98. mitch says:

    the 'industry' has/is doing nothing abouth the black on black homicide/ violence it produces!

  99. jon m says:

    Lauryn hill is next on the Illuminati hit list

  100. mitch says:

    the racist entertainment industries does nothing to address 5-65% black male unemployment in most of our communities because it is pimping 'us' and it likes to 'see' us kill each other as 'extra' entertainment or 'how to entertain a white supremacist.'

    • ItsaParty says:

      Dude, that is just as racist as anything the industry puts out… What you just said.

      Very few ppl these days are "white supremacist"…. Most white people are unemployed just like blacks. The economy sucks for everyone. Stop saying everything has to do with color it doesn't (not saying in certain times and situations it isn't), but when you constantly make it an issue, it is, and its YOUR fault.

  101. Sam says:

    As always once you get in, you don't come back out alive as with MJ, Houston, Whinehouse and others.

    But with Lauryn Hill, I applaud her resilience in fighting and spitting out the truth for her life's sake because she definitely blowing the whistle here.

    Many would think of her as crazy……but for the very few who are awake like myself, we find her to be crazy brilliant of course for standing up for whats right and ratting out the industry at the same time.

  102. Major Funxtar says:

    She is one of my all time favorite musicians and when I heard all the bad news about her being crazy and stuff,I thought she had really abandoned her true fans. But after discovering sites like vigilant citizen ,I only then knew that there was some kind of evil beast in the industry sucking the life out of our loved artists. Keep up the good work Vigilant Citizen

  103. Alkebulan says:

    You cannot convince, educate or prompt the blind to see, for the truth is truly stranger than fiction.

    So frightening is the fact, that they may well have been fooled their whole life through, they stubbornly refuse to accept anything outside of their perceived take on their world, as it should be.

    What it will take to awaken the masses, I don't know, but I know this, until such a time that history can be challenged through a completely independent channels, allowing the populous to decide for themselves what is, what was and therefore most likely to be, people like Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Dave Chappelle, Bill Hicks, countless comedians and entertainers be they black or white will carry the torch, it is a torch of burden, yet with it comes salvation.

    • VigilantPoet says:

      I totally agree "…it is a torch of burden, but with it comes salvation" I love those words.

      We honestly don't know what is really going on (in detail) though we can read between the lines and is strong yet vague in her choice of words. We only know that she is no fool. She has been targeted for extortion and she refused to be used. She refused to be a willing victim. Her words are real and sincere and that is so hard to find. I am proud to be her fan and proud of her fearless maneuvers…doing what she must to think and live outside of the box, to express what is righteous and this affects us all even though many will not understand at first glance. She is a freedom fighter and a savior of sorts. She has a Martin Luther King Jr type of soul. Watch and learn! I love you Lauryn. I admire you. I believe in Jesus Christ our lord and savior with all my heart. My sister, thank you for sharing your gifts with us!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU71CtkgMew

      I love Vigilant Citizen. This is my favorite site. It would be nice to meet people in person like the people on here. But its so good to know that so many of you are out there…Aware!

  104. vc-er says:

    run lauryn ruuuuuuuuun!!

  105. Marie says:

    INCREDIBLE ARTICLE!!! GO LAUREN!!!!!!! Wow! SMART woman!

  106. Ugh says:

    Check this video out mizz nina's video Take Over. This was before Whitney died. Think the lyrics are a ill bit suspicious. Btw the singer is the daughter of a rich banker in Malaysia, rumoured to be part of the Trilateral commission

  107. PeaceBEStill says:

    Rocking( "That Thing Doo Wop), when I first heard this song it was all about the beat but now I really appreciate the lyrics…This lady is talented and wise.

    This song is dedicated to all the "flashing" artists our there, who sold their souls for the here and now, The devil is only about that Thing that thing that thing… *singing* . Be careful.

    Jesus Christ is still the ONLY way out.

    "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

    It's been three weeks since you've been looking for your friend

    The one you let hit it and never called you again

    'Member when he told you he was 'bout the Benjamins

    You act like you ain't hear him then gave him a little trim

    To begin, how you think you really gon' pretend

    Like you wasn't down then you called him again

    Plus when you give it up so easy you ain't even fooling him

    If you did it then, then you probably f*** again

    Talking out your neck sayin' you're a Christian

    A Muslim sleeping with the gin

    Now that was the sin that did Jezebel in

    Who you gon' tell when the repercussions spin

    Showing off your ass 'cause you're thinking it's a trend

    Girlfriend, let me break it down for you again

    You know I only say it 'cause I'm truly genuine

    Don't be a hardrock when you're really a gem

    Babygirl, respect is just a minimum

    Niggas f***ed up and you still defending them

    Now Lauryn is only human

    Don't think I haven't been through the same predicament

    Let it sit inside your head like a million women in Philly, Penn.

    It's silly when girls sell their soul because it's in

    Look at where you be in hair weaves like Europeans

    Fake nails done by Koreans

    Come again

    Come again, come again, come again, come again

    Guys you know you better watch out

    Some girls, some girls are only about

    That thing, that thing, that thing

    The second verse is dedicated to the men

    More concerned with his rims and his Timbs than his women

    Him and his men come in the club like hooligans

    Don't care who they offend popping yang like you got yen

    Let's not pretend, they wanna pack pistol by they waist men

    Cristal by the case men, still in they mother's basement

    The pretty face, men claiming that they did a bid men

    Need to take care of their three and four kids men

    They facing a court case when the child's support late

    Money taking, heart breaking now you wonder why women hate men

    The sneaky silent men the punk domestic violence men

    The quick to shoot the s***n stop acting like boys and be men

    How you gon' win when you ain't right within

    How you gon' win when you ain't right within

    How you gon' win when you ain't right within

    Come again

    Come again, come again, come again, come again

    Girls you know you better watch out

    Some guys, some guys are only about

    That thing, that thing, that thing

  108. SA Girl says:

    We're in a trance & we don't even know it. We dress to reveal, revel in crude speach, drink, do whatever we think it takes to be relevant, even acting dumb so boys will find us appealing. Through all the videos & movies, cartoons & adverts, magazines & tabloids, we've been & continue to be subtly programmed. The boys themselves have been wired to scoff at or even reject intelligent girls. From this day on, I will make a larger efforts to re-learn the behaviour & attitude that I have learnt

  109. OGCJM says:

    To the love of her music is to appreciate the sounds of the universe God is good so is Ms.Hill

  110. Melody says:

    I have always liked Lauryn Hill from day 1! This sistah is awesome, strong, truthful

    and God-fearing! As a fellow Christian as Ms. Hill is, I appauld her strength in the

    Lord, that is blessing her to open her eyes and call the enemy out just as he is!

    Satan, the biggest liar man will ever know! She has courage and faith for here to

    successfully express this needed truth! I hope all the people whom she trusted

    and possibly loved, who sold her out read her open letter and feel like the dog

    crap that they are! Praying for this very intelligent, beautiful sistah! You go girl!

    God bless her and protect her babies!

  111. KLWall says:

    First person I thought of with this is Tom Petty and his Last DJ album a few years ago. He has a song about the industry & their manipulations. It's an absolute slam against the industry. I was pretty surprised he got that album recorded & published, but I'm certainly glad he did.

    It's interesting that Ms. Hill said when she was working regularly, she had no problem paying her taxes. Hmmm — is some company withholding money from her? Hope not.

  112. Awakened says:

    I wonder was the song Tell Him on her Miseducation Album about a man or God. I say that because there are several scripture quotes in the lyrics. And it is the last song on the Album. Also was it her way of disguising a song like that so it would be included in the album. The more I listen and dissect I think she was talking about God.

    Tell Him lyrics

    Songwriters: Hill, Lauryn;

    Let me be patient, let me be kind

    Make me unselfish without bein' blind

    Though I may suffer, I'll envy it not

    And endure what comes, 'cause he's all that I got and tell him

    Tell him I need him

    Tell him I love him

    And it'll be alright

    And tell him

    Tell him I need him

    Tell him I love him

    It'll be alright

    Now I may have faith, to make mountains fall

    But if I lack love, then I am nothin' at all

    I can give away, everything I possess

    But I'm without love then I have no happiness

    I know I'm imperfect and not without sin

    But now that I'm older all childish things end and tell him

    Tell him I need him

    Tell him I love him

    It'll be alright

    Tell him

    Tell him I need him

    Tell him I love him

    It'll be alright

    I'll never be jealous

    And I won't be too proud

    'Cause love is not boastful

    Ooh and love is not loud

    Tell him I need him

    Tell him I love him

    Everything is gonna, is gonna be alright

    Ooh, ooh, yeah yeah, oh yeah

    Now I may have wisdom and knowledge on earth

    But if I speak wrong, ooh, then what is it worth?

    See what we now know is nothing compared

    To the love that was shown when our lives were spared and tell him

    Tell him I need him

    Tell him I love him

    It'll be alright

    Tell him

    Tell him I need him

    Tell him I love him

    It'll be alright

  113. Ivory Oracle says:

    Lauren, Baby, stay safe!

    Hope you will connect with "truther" / "patriot" groups who are seeking liberty and justice for all a little off the beaten path. The old system is corrupt Babylon and is falling.

    Your music, along with Bob Marley's and others, have given hope to so many of us–while also challenging us and calling us to a higher consciousness and reality: not delusion, not illusion.

  114. Bunnie says:

    That's nice but anyone who has had a spiritual awakening knows you have to be IN the world and not OF it. Pay your taxes, folks, render to Caesar that which is Caesar's and quit using art as an excuse to dodge responsibility.

  115. mask says:

    crazy people dont use that kind of vocabulary.

  116. DaftAida says:

    A worthy protest song at long last. It's a worry that having cut loose for so long and successfully, the ratbag mafia are now playing their miserable trump which could see all she has worked so hard to protect destroyed. If there is a symbol of why certain elements posing behind the mask of humanity have to be irradicated for all time, Holly Wood and it's muse-zak whoring psychological warfare machine is it. At least the 'Lauren's' of this awful world will have a sparkling clean conscience and that's the best that any of us can achieve.

  117. LornaDoom says:

    God Bless Lauryn for the strength of her convictions..

  118. LornaDoom says:

    @ Nuke, I agree with U, I thought that commentary about Lauryn's financial status was totally uncalled for and triggered suspicion in me as well..Would this have been stated if the artist in question were caucasian? I doubt it.

  119. LornaDoom says:

    For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

    Matthew 16:26 kids, Satanic contracts for wealth, fame and fortune have existed since the dawn of time. This is why God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son to Him, since canaanites were putting their own offspring in the fires to gain favor from Molech..I mean, this ain't noting new. I believe this deal was proffered to Lauryn, u have to be at a certain point in terms of fame and fortune to attract this attention, but like Dave Chappelle, she refused. Certainly artists are gauged by how "willing" and how "far" they will go to have it "all" and most celebrities do have an imbalance which dictates the need to be "worshipped" and "adored". I am so glad that Lauryn was able to rebuke satan but her life has been difficult, her family being targeted and being forced to go into hiding..I will pray for her to maintain her strength and resolve, because I feel that these forces this spiritual wickedness in the high places is not really accustomed to accepting NO for an answer.

  120. LornaDoom says:

    @ Sandra, U cannot pull out of a satanic contract. It is a binding contract, ever read

    "The Devil and Daniel Webster" based on the classic German "Faust" tale? Once u sell ur soul u belong to satan. Many popular artists have lamented that they have "sold their souls and cannot get it back". Eminem is one of them , Kanye West is another. Make no mistake, they do not call satan, "The great prevaricator" or "The Father of Lies" for nothing. I would assume that once u accept to sell ur soul u r outside of God's grace because u have proven irrevoccably that u have no faith in God and have rebuked out Heavenly Father with a finality that defies mercy.."shrugs" But who r we to question the ways of out Lord?

    • Gaby says:

      Nope, as long as someone is alive can still amend the damage done. Contracts always have some loose loopholes. You can't change the past, nonetheless you can change the present and the future.

  121. Natalia says:

    Yesterday I heard about Beyoncé defendig Lauryn at BET awards, because someone made a joke about her situation. Now, I didn't watch the video, but I thought it was really strange because we all know what Beyoncé is all about. Hope Lauryn Hill is safe. Any thoughts on this?

  122. tj says:

    i agree 100% with all the other comments that coincide with the fact that this is all too fishy….. Whitney also disappeared from the media for a long period of time, with the media leaving us just mere knowledge of her 'severe drug addiction' to excuse it… then all of a sudden shes back in the media, year later, shes dead (her tremendous asset being broken and of no use to the elite)…..Now poor laurens getting dragged in :-( it has been quoted by Chaka Khan herself on a site, that she was once told "youre worth more dead than you are alive"………All this i believe is for an even more sinister finish: they are clearly creating a strong throne ready for the Antichrist to settle into and start his control, with all these current big artists (and forthcoming) being his right hand men/puppets…. (hence britneys ''im a slave for you'', and all other dark symbolic videos and songs with beyonce, gaga, etc)…. disgusting, but out of our control: we in the bottom ends of the pyramid under the name of 'debt payers'….. the only way we can remotely help is to stop funding them; research the companies they have not yet controlled n make ur purchases there: its a small amount we can do

  123. flower says:

    On December 13, 2003, Hill made headlines by denouncing "corruption, exploitation, and abuses" in reference to the molestation of boys by Catholic priests in the United States and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials.[31] The statements were made during a performance at a Christmas benefit concert at the Vatican. Reading from a prepared statement,[31] Hill told the crowd of 7,500:

    “ I am sorry if I am about to offend some of you. I did not accept my invitation to celebrate with you the birth of Christ. Instead I ask you why you are not in mourning for Him in this place? I want to ask you, what have you got to say about the lives you have broken? What about the families who were expecting God and instead were cheated by the Devil? Who feels sorry for them, the men, women and children damaged psychologically, emotionally and mentally by the sexual perversions and abuse carried out by the people they believed in? Holy God is a witness to the corruption of your leadership, of the exploitation and abuses which are the minimum that can be said for the clergy. There is no acceptable excuse to defend the church."[32]

    This is why they are angry and envious with her. Damn I cannot believe this lady what a strong woman Mash'allah hope that god gives her from all his blessings to her and her family. Some people really are above others in their faith they deserve the VERY BEST. GOD BLESS LAURYN HILL .

  124. flower says:

    ''You know Im only saying because Im truly genuine, don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem'' <3

  125. AW says:

    I have never really heard Lauryn Hill's music before. I have to say I downloaded a bunch of her music after reading this article and I am loving it! She is so unique… and awesome!

  126. Freethoughts says:

    Her song "Mr. Intentional" is also very good. As well as her song "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill".

  127. ariana says:

    more proof

  128. Laodemo says:

    I love her music. At the Grammy's for Miseducation she said, " I make music for my people."
    Which didn't impress me at all. If a white person said that I'd be scared. So I'm sorry to say she comes across as a malignant narcissist and someone who has dark fantasies. Yes, she's brilliant but also unhinged. She is not living under an oppressive regime, having her land stolen or watching her children being hacked like a lot of people who are really suffering in the world.
    She wanted to leave her job, I know she thinks it's her great calling… But it's a damn job.
    Get a grip people. Get a grip Lauryn.

    If Nina Simone and Tracy Chapman, who are real trailblazers, can pay their bills why can't she?
    She is sooooo special???
    You're a citizen, pay your damn bills

    I don't know what's worse, tax evaders or men who don't support their kids?

    • VC girl says:

      Maybe for my people means her followers? the people who like and appreciate her music?

  129. VC girl says:

    Mmm this makes me wonder. Do you people think there was anything weird going on with Lisa Left Eye from TLC?

  130. VC girl says:

    I did some googling.. I found this: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2135

  131. c says:

    I am a buddisist/wiccan who loves Jesus. But I don't think everyone but me and people like me is going to hell. A "christain" is usually a narrow minded bigot and they are ugly people who beleive only people like them, who believe and think they way they do,are people worthy of mercy and love from source or the creator. They knell and worship the wrong God.

  132. Stella blue says:

    While all of this SOUNDS good, lets not forget this is the same woman who's been performing (would you consider that withdrawn from society?) and continues to show up over an hour late for her fans, unapologetic, even quoted saying "I know I'm worth the wait". Treats her band members cruel. How you choose to live your life is an entirely separate issue from how you pay your taxes. The behavior she's displayed over recent years embodies the very "diva-like" persona she's claiming to escape. No sympathy here Miss Hill. It's a shame when ego eclipses talent.

  133. DarkStarAz says:

    Very interesting read.

    The first few paragraphs I kept flashing on the life and times of Michael Jackson.

    My motto?

    Never screw w/ the IRS or the DMV…

  134. Shante says:

    I am in awe of Lauren's courage to speak out against what some of us still choose not to believe! This stuff is real! I hope we can all see the truth and better yet, help change it!

  135. Tyrone says:

    What a stupid letter. No where does she give a real reason why she chose to not pay her taxes.

    When exactly over the years did she stop doing shows? She just a diva that thinks she doesnt have to pay taxes. Enjoy your time in the slammer.

  136. Damn, she said it the way it is and I applaud her honesty and courage.

  137. Shantel says:

    Love her music. But what a joke she make about payin taxes. She makes millions and does not pay? Oh no that evil music business that made her super rich and famous…poor poor girl. lol

    There really is something wrong with her. I heard an interview a couple years ago with Wyclef and he said she was impossible to deal with.

    She deserves to be in jail and everything else coming to her. I have never made a lot of money but ive always paid my taxes.

    Why does she not mention that she has never stopped doing shows and making money. She gets royalty checks every month from the evil music empire that was out to get her.

  138. Laura says:

    I guess she did try to get out and after a short period of time she was dragged back into the system. Something similar with Britney, who tried to escape, she made those songs Rebellion,Mona Lisa etc. and they caught her and now she is under MK again. Or maybe she went willingly, but i don't think so. Look what i found on wiki(not the best info source, but it is their official story): "2000–03: self-imposed exile, MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 and Vatican controversy" <- when she tried to get out and then : "2004–09: Fugees, album work, touring and hiatus" & "The 2010s: In January 2010, Hill returned to the live stage"

    quote:

    "There are a lot of different creative energies out there right now. I respect the different sounds that I'm hearing. It's been such a long time since I've gotten my voice and my ideas out [...] In terms of collaborations, that's not even something I've been thinking about per se. I'm happy that people are still making music. That we still have a platform with which to make music. It's gonna be interesting to see what the future holds."

    – Hill talks to MTV.[71] 2010" .>

    "Personal life

    Hill dated Wyclef Jean through the majority of the Fugees' early tenure, a relationship that friends have called "complicated." In the summer of 1996, Hill met Rohan Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Hill and Marley started a family. They have five children together: Zion David (born August 3, 1997), Selah Louise (born November 12, 1998),Joshua Omaru (born January 26, 2002), John Nesta (born mid-2003), and Sarah (born January 2008). She also has a son, Micah, (born July 23, 2011) with another man.

    From 1998, Hill reportedly lived in both the Caribbean and an upscale hotel in Miami. However, in August 2008, it was reported that Hill was living with her mother and children in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey, although Hill's net worth is still reported to exceed $8.7 million from her record sales, tours and investments in Jamaica.

    Guilty plea of tax evasion

    On June 29, 2012, Hill pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to file federal income tax returns between 2005 and 2007. Sentencing is set for November 2012." <- we'll see in Nov this year what happens with her

    complete article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauryn_Hill

    I don't know what to say, maybe she is back under Mk, she tried to escape, but due to the public accusations they made her go back. I think she is back into the system.

    I think that it would be better if an artist gets out and runs away somewhere and keeps quiet, cuz if they start making public accusations, yes it is brave and so on, but all of them end up dead(like Kurt Cobain) or dragged back into the system. It is good for us when they make public accusations and they let people know about the industry because we find out and we wake up, but it is not good for their safety. How many times M.Jackson tried to get out, again and again and he couldn't?!

    • Laura says:

      I'm sorry if i made typing or/and grammatical mistakes. English it is not my first language and because of that sometimes I don't realize when I make a mistake.

      I hope i am wrong when comes to Ms.Hill.

      Freedom for us all!

  139. LDG says:

    respect for Lauryn and all the people here talking about whats important.

  140. Rhonnie says:

    We should let this be a lesson to us all not to quickly assume that these celebrities are crazy or irrational because of how they are portrayed in the media. It is manipulation. I think of people like Chris Brown who started out as a sweet kid with talent to a violent, heavily tatooed monster.

  141. kabd says:

    Humanity has a contract or covenant with the lord….if one has "sold" their soul…it can't be don't you can not sell what foes not belong to you…so they merely need to call on their lord and repent the lord will open…his arms and welcome them home like a mothers lost child…..

  142. Pip says:

    Let's hope other artist in all mediums wake up to this madness…. Slowly but surely the sheeps are becoming shepards.

  143. Nick says:

    I bet she had to fork out a lot of money on security from our fellow neighbours who are lost.

  144. Nepateria Johnson says:

    Wow that letter is a real doozy. This woman is clearly nuts. Those are some of the craziest excuses I have ever heard for not paying taxes. Have fun in jail.

  145. Selo says:

    The IRS, Federal Reserve, and therefore, taxes, are unconstitutional! Fuck the system. I love this song, and I love what you do VC – keep up the good work!!!

  146. Mykisha Johnson says:

    Oh, the irony. It looks like a new contract with sony is going to keep her out of jail. This woman is a joke.

    The evil music business just saved her.

  147. Amerikkka's Most says:

    Anyone who can read knows these aren't the ramblings of a crazy person. This is the most insightful, eloquent piece I've read in years.

    Now she's being sentenced to counseling for her alternative views. To paraphrase Dave Chappelle, 'calling someone crazy is the quickest way to discredit them.' Misuse of the criminal justice system was a tactic used by COINTELPRO to "neutralize" the Panthers in the '60s. Tupac was nearly ruined by fabricated rape accusations (of which he was found innocent) before being gunned down. Looks like they're still using the same tactics to silence dissidents today.

    If history is any indication, Ms. Hill better pipe down before she gets suicided.

  148. F The Elemental says:

    The evils of the industry. I am a person who experienced a some what similar story. From the onset of my career, industry professionals and policy makers insisted on changing my conscious message to that of drugs, alcohol, gang activity and irresponsible behavior. I was told before ever signing a contract that I had to comply or I will not have a career. This happened over 20 years ago and I chose to walk away. Now I have the opportunity to release my album "Platinum Shackles" on iTunes May 17th, 2013. For those of you who don't know the industry, allow me to sum up it's unseen agenda as was told to me by numerous entertainment lawyers. "Your music is deep and and thought provoking. We don't want people to think, we want them to use drugs, drink alcohol and buy records." You have been sold poison which will eventually lead to your death. Music has been programming your minds and reducing your intellect over the course of the last 30 years. If you follow the message in today's music, there would be no way to avoid jail or an early grave. Eugenics is real and music is helping eliminate the "Undesirables (Us)" from the playing field. Slavery has gone from physical bondage to psychological servitude and most of us are unaware of the tactics or the existence of such a system. We are in the land of the walking dead right now. I totally understand her struggle to remain free from wicked systems with negative agendas. As for her mental state. No one can come through the TERRORISM suffered by my people in this country and be NORMAL!!!!!

    F The Elemental "Platinum Shackles"

  149. Musical Director says:

    Taxes?! This woman wont even pay the musicans she hires!

  150. Serpentlord says:

    Cool story but you still have to pay your taxes!

  151. stan says:

    Boy, she is saying things without saying. i hope who read this understand what she is saying , really .

  152. Dan says:

    There is obviously a lot of truth in what she writes about the music industry, but the overall tone of her writing is, frankly, pretty egotistical.

  153. Porter says:

    How many artists have we watched self-destruct before our eyes (Elvis, Whitney, MJ, Britney Spears, etc, etc)? How many of them are still living to tell about it? Call her what you may, but never lose sight of the larger picture.