Monday, June 28, 2010

Lauryn Hill talks to NPR

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

After years of silence, Lauryn Hill breaks her own sound barrier with today's NPR interview, scheduled to air on All Things Considered as part of the radio network's "50 Great Voices" series.

NPR's Zoe Chace chased her down for the exclusive a few weeks ago when Hill performed at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, Calif. (above). As Chace rode with Hill, post-performance, to return to her hotel, she asked her the question we've all been wondering for nearly a decade:

"Why did you stop putting out music?"

"There were a number of different reasons," she says. "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."

Hear more at NPR.

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