Earlier this month, Grammy Award-winning musician Robert Glasper stopped by The Madd Hatta Morning Show on 97.9 The Box to promote his new group, August Greene. During his interview, Glasper detailed his experiences of working with Lauryn Hill and his comments were far from flattering.
"She likes to fire bands. I can rattle off 15 guys off the top of my head... She will go on tour with a band, and in the city where they’re doing their show, she will hold auditions for her band […] The band is always good. She gets the best musicians. She just has a thing,” he said.
Glasper also stated that Hill stole music for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill without giving them credit.
It's been two weeks since Glasper's interview hit the airwaves, and Ms. Hill is not here for the slander. In a piece published via Medium, she addressed Glasper's allegations.
"I’ve remained patient and quiet for a very long time, allowing people to talk, speculate, and project, while keeping my nose to the grindstone fighting for freedoms many folks aren’t even aware matter. The arrogance of presumption that allows someone to think that they could have all the facts about another person’s life and experience, is truly and remarkably… presumptuous," she said.
"It’s not completely informed, but he’s entitled to his perception. Context certainly helps though," she continued.
"You may be able to make suggestions, but you can’t write FOR me. I am the architect of my creative expression. No decisions are made without me. I hire master builders and masterful artisans and technicians who play beautifully, lend their technical expertise, and who translate the language that I provide into beautifully realized music.
"These are my songs, musicians are brought in because of the masterful way that they play their instruments. I’m definitely looking for something specific in musicians, and I absolutely do hire the best musicians I can find. Not every band had that particular ‘something’ I was looking for. That doesn’t make them bad musicians, just different than what I needed in that particular moment."
Aug. 25, 2018, marked the iconic album's 20th anniversary but this was slightly overshadowed by Glasper's shocking revelations.