Much to the relief of her fans, Hip-Hop veteran Lauryn Hill is looking to make her return to the music world. Sure, she has popped up in a few spots over the past few years, but the mega talented Hill hasn’t launched a full scale comeback in a little over a decade. She released her classic debut album, The Misseducation Of Lauryn Hill, and then faded into the background.
Rumors about the reasons behind her departure from the scene have been swirling around the Internet for a while as fans tried to make sense of her absence, but during a recent interview, she herself explained why she walked away. According to the singer/rapper there were several reasons that led to her disappearance but ultimately she had to get some of her personal affairs in order.
“There were a number of different reasons (why I left),” said Hill while talking to National Public Radio. “But partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal-growth things that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it. In fact, as musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment -- and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the (music) industry, that really nurtures these gifts.”
“Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society, or at least some aspect of society. And it’s important that people be given the time that they need to go through, to grow, so that the consciousness level of the general public is properly affected. Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely. And then that sound radiates.”
In related news, Hill is scheduled to perform during the Rock The Bells festival this year. The event will make four stops; two of which are in California. The others are in New York and Washington D.C.