Monday, March 29, 2010

The FN Machine...

So, I found this interview on and though it is old (August 2007), it's new to me so I wanted to post it.  A lot of us love Lauryn Hill and have been waiting for her return to the music scene.  Lord knows the music scene has been fiening for her.  Yet people say things like, "she's too far gone" or "yeah that Marley boy done messed up her head".  I'm not sure that I wanna believe that her hiatus was due to her going crazy over his blatant indiscretions with her.  I think there's something so messed up with the machine (the industry) that it will drive the Lauryns and the Donny Hathaways and the Whitney Houstons and the Michael Jacksons to a point where they just don't want to be a part of that world anymore.  Truthfully, it makes me not really want to be famous.  I think that's why the India.arie's and Amel Larrieux's of the world do well, there is a such thing as getting too big. I'm super good on trying to be the next Beyonce.  You have to give up a lot of yourself to reach and maintain that level of stardom.  Lauryn would have been Bigger than Beyonce.  She was slated to play Lucy Liu's character in Charlie's Angels and was offered a role in the Bourne Identity, but turned it down because that's not who she wanted to be.  I admire her disinclination for what most of  us would kill for, fame, yet I have trouble understanding what'd her to stop making music altogether.  This interview shed some light on that. 

You had fans waiting for so long for a new album since Miseducation, everybody’s been begging, ‘come on Lauryn just give us something.’ So are you ready now?
“There was a lot that took place after the first album. You’re young and you get an enormous amount of attention. A certain world dynamics and the politics of situtations. You just have to be very headstrong, very protected, because there’s often a lot of..  a lot that can force an individual to compromise. And for me to make music it doesn’t really make sense for me to make music if I can’t make something that doesn’t have a purpose.
So let’s say, I could have put out music 3 years ago, if there really wasn’t purpose attached to it I don’t know that I would have been interested.
I think the Fugees had the impact and the power that it did because we really believed in what we were doing at the time and we meant, if not everything, we knew there was something genuine and something purposeful about it, and the same thing for Miseducation.  For me making music is a labor of love and there also has to be an enormous amount of love in what I’m doing and a purpose.”
One of my sisters she had a hit back in the 80’s, Technotronic, had a hit “Pump Up the Jam” .... She was 17 when that came out, that blew up and mentally it almost killed her..  How success affects people.. and the creation process.
“I don’t know if it’s the success itself, but how success affects people. I think that people react to money, power, fame, differently and it can be very dangerous. For me, because my peace of mind, my sancity, things that I did, they came from a very spiritual place so my environment had to be even more pure and sanctified then the average person.
Which when you’re in the Lion’s Den seems extreme, like ‘Why do you have to do things that way and you appear difficult, but they don’t neccesarily realize that your difficult, because A, what you do is difficult, and B, in order to produce something that’s really special it requires a very serious environment.
The same way scientists require a very clean laboratory and controlled environment in order to create what they do and the experiments that they do and produce the things that help society.
We know that open heart surgery you want to do that in the cleanest atmosphere possible. And when your dealing with people that make music and write songs that deal with the human condition, you’re really dealing with the human heart condition. And it’s important to do that in a clean and sanctified area.
A lot of the music we did tonight was Bob Marley. Bob Marley took what he did so seriously, for him it was a priesthood, for me it’s a priesthood. It’s not just, Let me just write this joint... I could do that! But for me to experience the high, it has to be something so connected, so much deeper than just necessarily doing it for profit.”
What do you think of the state of hip-hop?
“I see a lot of talent. A lot of potential. At the same time I see a lot of lost potential. I see a lot what can easily be exploitative. We can easily sort of trace black music back and watch the pattern. See how these black folks found this incredible music that comes from a place of expression and how it gets co-opted and compromised and bitten and appropriated and taken. My struggle has always been to prevent that from happening to sort of maintain the soul in everything that I can possibly do.
Compromise is a bitch, because once you get stuck it’s very, very difficult to untangle yourself. The reason why hip-hop had such a strong voice was because it was a defiant message for awhile. It was basically the voice of the voiceless. 
Once you become the voice of the corporate you become a different creature.
The Fugee Reunion
“I don’t really know. I’m not gonna say never. I’m not gonna feed anything either.
I think the Fugees, first of all, I think that moment that we came together, the timing it was just a beautiful moment and we were able to do some really beautiful things. It was a special thing, a special time, also very necessary based on what was going on at the time.
As far as a reunion? .. I don’t have any answer.”
Keep us in suspense

For a more in depth look into Lauryn's story, click here.

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