The Grammy-winning pianist shares his terrible experience working with the former Fugees star and claims she acts so superior when she hasn’t done enough to deserve it.
Hip-hop icon Lauryn Hill has been put on blast by jazz star Robert Glasper for allegedly disrespecting her fellow musicians.
The former Fugees singer/rapper has developed a reputation for her tardiness and her sometimes erratic behaviour both on and off the stage over the years, and in a candid new radio interview on The Madd Hatta Morning Show in Houston, Texas, Glasper aired his grievances against Hill, recalling how she had treated him over a decade ago.
In the radio rant, the acclaimed Grammy-winning pianist revealed Lauryn initially reached out to him around 2006, inviting him to “audition” to win a spot in her band for a show – an offer he declined after directing her to check out his hit albums if she wanted to hire him for a gig.
Two years later, a mutual friend who worked as a musical director, asked if he wanted to perform with Lauryn as part of a private 20-minute set in New York, for which she was reportedly paid $500,000 (£394,000).
“We rehearse a whole week, like 10 hours a day,” he remembered. “Every day she comes in and changes the show, changes what she wants to do. Completely. The last rehearsal, she doesn’t show up. Her manager comes in and says, ‘Lauryn’s not really feeling the way you guys have been learning the music, so we’re going to cut your pay in half…'”
Glasper insists the group was a “superband” which had done nothing wrong, claiming Lauryn simply “likes to fire bands”.
He ended up threatening to quit the show altogether until he was paid for his work upfront, knowing she wouldn’t be able to hit the stage without him as the “principle piano player”.
Glasper went on to reveal rumours about Hill’s demands for people to only refer to her as “Ms. Hill” and not to “look her in the eye” are “100 per cent true”, before attacking her for acting so superior when she hasn’t done enough to deserve it.
He highlights one example relating to allegations that Hill failed to give credit to the writers and musicians behind her iconic 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – the members of New Ark sued the singer/rapper over the lack of proper recognition and settled the suit out of court in 2001 for a reported $5 million (£4 million).
“You’ve already stolen all of my friends’ music,” he ranted. “Miseducation was made by great musicians and producers that I know personally. You got a big hand off of music you didn’t even write (sic).”
Glasper continued, “She likes to take credit so she can become this super person. If you’re a super person, and you’re that talented, do it (again). You feel me?”
He then compared his experience with Hill to working with music veterans Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Herbie Hancock, who were all a pleasure to collaborate with.
“Lauryn Hill should be able to be cool,” he concluded. “You haven’t done enough to be the way you are. You just have not. The one thing you did that was great, you didn’t do.”
Hill has yet to respond to Glasper’s cutting remarks. She is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with a special tour, although she recently cancelled a string of dates due to “production issues” following fan complaints about a July gig in Toronto, Canada.
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