"I am the architect of my creative expression."
August 25 marked the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album is widely considered a masterpiece.
However, musician Robert Glasper recently called out Lauryn Hill for allegedly not creating The Miseducation album. Ms. Hill has responded to Glasper in a lengthy online essay.
Hill wrote in part:
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.
I’m confused as to why such a principled musician, who thought I ‘stole’ from his friends, would show up to work for me anyway. 📷 If that was hypocrisy or opportunism instead of genuine interest, it would further explain why an artist would feel the need to put his or her guard up.
Hill also posted:
Who are you to say I didn’t do enough? Most people are probably just hearing your name for the first time because you dropped MINE in an interview, controversially. Taking nothing away from your talent, but this is a fact.
The former Fugees member concluded:
The album inspired many people, from all walks of life, because of its radical(intense) will to live and to express Love. I appreciate everyone who was a part of it, in any and every capacity. It wouldn’t have existed the way that it did without the involvement, skill, hard work, and talents of the artists/musicians and technicians who were a part of it, but it still required my vision, my passion, my faith, my will, my soul, my heart, and my story.
Read Ms. Lauryn Hill's full statement here.