Lauryn Hill’s groundbreaking album that was released in 1998, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is said to have had some of its songs stolen.
But according to Robert Glasper, Hill wasn’t responsible for all the music in “Miseducation” as reported by hiphopdx.com.
Glasper made these claims during an interview with a Houston radio station earlier this week. The jazz and R&B pianist alleged that Hill stole music from other musicians, including some that Glasper says are his friends.
“You can’t come into a situation, especially when you’ve already stolen all of my friend’s music,” Glasper said during the interview. “‘Miseducation’ was made by great musicians and producers that I know personally. I went into it knowing ‘Okay, you steal music.’”
Glasper said he was once hired to back Hill on a one-time gig in New York for which Hill was due to make $500,000. Glasper said the backing band worked 10-hour days for a week to rehearse for a scheduled 20-minute show, and Hill made things difficult.
“Every day she comes in and changes the show. … The last rehearsal, she doesn’t show up,” said Glasper. “Her manager shows up and says ‘Lauryn’s not really feeling the way that you guys have been learning the music. So, we’re gonna cut your pay in half.””
‘Miseducation’ has been praised as one of the best albums of all time.
The groundbreaking album, which turns 20 years old this month, earned Hill five Grammys, including album of the year and best new artist.