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Lauryn Hill Responds to Robert Glasper's Claims That She Stole Music, Treated Band Unfairly

About two weeks after pianist and producer Robert Glasper accused Lauryn Hill of stealing music for her classic Miseducation album and treating her band poorly with ridiculous rules, the singer uploaded a lengthy response on Monday (Aug. 27).      

Glasper claimed that when he played in her band for a gig in 2008, Hill told them not to make eye contact, address her as Ms. Hill, and threatened to cut the band's pay in half.

"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 wrote in her blog post titled "Addressing Robert Glasper and other common misconceptions about me (in no particular order)."

"In 2008, I had only a young man helping me and my Mother, after disbanding my former support staff," she explained. "No idea why any musician would have had knowledge of what I was being paid, not sure what he’s saying is accurate. Don’t have the details or recollection of cutting the band’s pay in half. If fees had been negotiated and confirmed without my knowledge, I may have asked for them to be adjusted. But I would never just cut a musician’s pay arbitrarily unless I had a legitimate reason. There are artists who do cut pay though, James Brown was notorious for docking musicians if they did something he didn’t like, I’m sure there are others."

"Making my art is a labor of Love, but it’s still labor, and can be labor-intensive at that," she continued. "If a musician was looking for a cushy job filled with the same trappings I was purposely weaning myself from, we wouldn’t have been on the same page anyway."

She also mentioned radio station 97.9, who hosted the interview with Glasper, asking them to "feel free to not play my music if you agree that ‘I haven’t done enough.’"

Read the full post here.