Lauryn Hill On Tax Evasion Charge


After being accused of failing to file income tax returns and owing more than $1.6 million, L Boogie took to her Tumblr today to address the tax evasion charge. Hope you’re ready to read.

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would cosider underground.  I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.  Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance.  I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a given paradigm.  I’ve seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power.  These devices of control, no matter how well intentioned (or not), can have a devastating outcome on the lives of people, especially creative types who must grow and exist within a certain environment and according to a certain pace, in order to live and create optimally.

I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity.  So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it.  During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics.  Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright.  When one has a prolific creative output like I did/do, and is then forced to stop, the effects can be dangerous both emotionally and psychologically, both for the artist and those in need of that resource.  It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed.

During this period of crisis, much was said about me, both slanted and inaccurate, by those who had become dependent on my creative force, yet unwilling to fully acknowledge the importance of my contribution, nor compensate me equitably for it.  This was done in an effort to smear my public image, in order to directly affect my ability to earn independently of this system.  It took a long time to locate and nurture a community of people strong enough to resist the incredibly unhealthy tide, and more importantly see through it.  If I had not been able to make contact with, and establish this community, my life, safety and freedom, would have been directly affected as well as the lives, safety and freedom of my family.  Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.

As my potential to work, and therefore earn freely, was being threatened, I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by.  This was absolutely critical while trying to find and establish a new and very necessary community of healthy people, and also heal and detoxify myself and my family while raising my young children.

There were no exotic trips, no fleet of cars, just an all out war for safety, integrity, wholeness and health, without mistreatment denial, and/or exploitation.  In order to liberate myself from those who found it ok to oppose my wholeness, free speech and integral growth by inflicting different forms of punitive action against it, I used my resources to sustain our safety and survival until I was able to restore my ability to earn outside of it!

When artists experience danger and crisis under the effects of this kind of insidious manipulation, everyone easily accepts that there was something either dysfunctional or defective with the artist, rather than look at, and fully examine, the system and its means and policies of exploiting/’doing business’.  Not only is this unrealistic, it is very dark in its motivation, conveniently targeting the object of their hero worship by removing any evidence that they ‘needed’ or celebrated this very same resource just years, months or moments before.  Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego.  Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.

It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else.  Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual.  I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking.  To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights!  These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech!  Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!!

Learning from the past, insulating friends and family from the influence of external manipulation and corruption, is far more important to me than being misunderstood for a season!  I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns!  I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival.

I conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period.  Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution.

My intention has always been to get this situation rectified.  When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes.  This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.

As this, and other areas of issue are resolved and set straight, I am able to get back to doing what I should be doing, the way it should be done.  This is part of that process.  To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue.  I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.”

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  • ablacktv

    fuck taxes – @ablacktv

  • Miia

    RapRadar:

    The way you present this news story/article, it seems to us that you did not read her statement.

    Lazy journalism.

  • rahrahrah

    Love and Respect to Ms. Hill. We know what side we are fighting for.

  • mac DIESEL

    LAURYN HILL SHOULDA BEEN A LAWYER!!!!

    …….HA!!!! I READ THAT SHIT HALFWAY AND GAVE UP!!!! WUTEVER U SAY BABY GIRL!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • REAL PAP

    oh shut up n pay the tab….better yet, tell Wyclef to pay it since she’s signed her royalties to him lol

  • jamal

    Just pay your fucken taxes & go back to your cave.

  • purist

    Man, this is heavy stuff. I always wondered what made Lauryn disappear from the limelight after her successful album. Same with Dave Chappelle..what’s goin on in Hollywood?

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    Yeah Lauryn fight a good fight !!!

  • Bigg Homie Locc Dogg

    GUILTY AS CHARGED>>>JOIN THE REST OF US TAX SLAVES OF THE UNITED HATES OF AMERIKKKA….

  • ODC

    more like an essay
    come on chic
    the conspiracy and revolution talk won’t help you with them.

  • michael

    So you telling me you wanna risk losing everything and going to jail or prison. Over some spiritual belief. Im very spiritual but come if you wanna live happily u gotta pay taxes

  • Trillionaire

    Lol..Lauryn oh Lauryn

  • M.T

    who actually read all this?

  • LooksLikewealth

    L.Boogie is the truth but simple minds will never comprehend.The music industry is a beast of unimaginable proportions to the undiscerning minds. Zionists,Ilumicorp, Masonic cliques and the lower order of celebrity( pop stars and film stars),are all an manufactured structure of operation which runs and controls the industry.

    The is no such thing as a truly independent commercially viable record label nor artistic freedom, hence the likes of Nicki Minaj are forced to do a record like starships. Check the names of the ownership and management of the imprint or distribution companies running the game- it will be clearly- ask yourself why peeps like Clive Davies own half of the publishing rights of black music? And for the record Puff as in Badboy records/Arista, ask your self who owns Arista records Sony BMG.J Records and RCA.

  • ODC

    ok, i must say did like Mila said RR did and did not read the statement. it is bit much, but she still gotta pay her taxes.

  • 422

    She must have busted lines before typing this. Iy goes on and on and on and …..

    Lol

  • mac DIESEL’s Assistant ————-> http://www.macDIESELfanclub.com ( WE RUN RAPRADAR!! )

    DAMN THAT BITCH WROTE A ESSAY!!!!

    DID ANYONE GET PAST THE 2ND PARAGRAPH???!!!???

    IF U DID… FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME A BRIEF SYNOPSIS ON THAT SHIT!!! HA!!!

    DONT YOU ESSAY ON MY OPINION!!!!!!

  • Your mother’s “friend”

    I’m far from a conspiracy theorist but some things you just can’t deny Lauryn sold 20 million records with The Fugees & 10 mill on her own but still decided to walk away from it all, in a world where people would sell their souls for peanuts you have to respect her for that .I Think what she’s trying to say is this tax bill is just another way the “system” is trying to fuck her up, at least that’s what i think she means

  • Realniggashit

    I love you sister stay focus!!!! we need you

  • slm

    its hard times out there check this out guys http://www.streetleaguemovement.com a must see its popping word

  • Hip-Hop Fiend

    Ask Wesley Snipes if you wanna fuck around and not pay your taxes. L Boogie you a legend and will forever the GREATEST female rapper of ALL-TIME, but let them Jermaine Dupri your shit… Just pay your taxes and drop 1 final classic to show why no one is fucking with you.

  • Billy Kincaid

    The time she took to come up with this statement, she could’ve done a crash course on how to do her own fucking taxes.

    Long story short, Lauryn don’t wanna pay cuz she hasn’t been a big thing on the scene in years.

    But Uncle Sam don’t give a shit, L-Boogie. He lives by four words: Fuck you, pay me!

  • Mike S

    I’ll wait for the cliff notes. And sorry to say L Boogie much as I love you the more you write about it the more you look guilty.

    But on a real note, why did it take the gov at the least 5 years to notice she didn’t file three tax returns. So many must get away with this.

  • Does Drake Eat McDonalds & Does J. Cole Still Shop at Macy’s?

    Nicki Minaj Won!

  • Minaj

    Pay what you owe ho

  • rahrahrah

    What we know about the powers that be is that they have black people listening to wanna be drug dealers. Blacks calling their brothers niggas and their sisters bitches. Former slaves glorifying all different types of drug slavery.

    Whether Ms. Hill is delusional or not is debateable, though she is certifiably eccentric. But I think its an established fact that this is a “corrupt and hypocritical system that has castrated the black man…”

    Slavery just changed form, ever so slightly. Those in power didn’t grow a conscience they just changed their tactics.

  • LooksLikeWealth

    The Majority of people are missing the point because they haven’t grasped the entire statement. L.Boogie is not disputing paying taxes, but factually stating how earnings from her royalties are being taxed as a weapon to force her to conform for walking away to be used as a commercial commodity by making types of music against her creative conscience. Money earned through royalties is the most complex to account for as a tax liability for it is incurring many years after hence it’s open to manipulation by the IRS. For example the might be royalties still being earned from her miseducation album up till this date. How that falls into a tax quarter is open to interpretation by the IRS because it differs the more a song is played on radio ,or sampled means tax liability on that same album varies from year to year.Publishing rights are co-owned usually with the big wigs it’s a complex matter used to enslave artists to adhere to protocol.

  • moreffa

    i know this hoe is not ready to pay them crackers

  • JustMyOpinion

    ^ but she IS blaming the system for her lack of not paying taxes.

    I came to this link with optimism, but what does the first 4 1/2 paragraphs have to do with anything. It’s called taking responsibility. The IRS randomly selects, unfortunately it’s always the highest earners, when auditing tax payers.

    Excuses-excuses-excuses.

  • common

    pay Caesar what is Caesars

  • BLACK EBERT

    “Used to listen to Lauren Hill and tap my feet, then the b*tch put out a CD and didn’t have no beats ” – 50 (LOL)

    LAUREN > ALL

    Did yall catch that subliminal on twitter, when she corrected Nicki Minaj and tweeted to make CLEAR that she was asked by NAS to come out under NAS and NOT NICKI. Lol. She just had to make that clear, funny. Shouts out to Nicki tho.

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  • dopeaom

    There’s no excuse for evading those taxes. She must have earned SOMETHING to have such high taxes as taxes are percentages of income so they know she made some dough. This whole spiritual talk could have been used in another situation when explaining why she’s went away from the spotlights and hasn’t released nothing in years, but it’s got NOTHING to do with the taxes.

  • J.TROUP

    So she said all that to say…SHE AIN’T PAY HER TAXES?

    I pay my taxes. Why shouldn’t you have to pay yours?

    #TeamNoExcuses

  • Itz Yourz

    Two things in the world you must do. DEATH AND TAXES. They are are not voluntary.

    Totally feel her argument and sure she would probably take the jail time if she didn’t have children. Stand for what you believe in.

    The government is like a unfit baby momma. Taxes is our way of supporting them unfit motherfuckers to do the right thing by us and our money we are enforced to give. And they still manage to spend our money on themselves and other frivolous things instead of the welfare of our country…I hate paying taxes but not paying it just like not paying child support, they throw your blackass in jail. And your freedom/free will is the one thing you do own. So that is threaten if you don’t grease there hand. Ms. lauryn… You wish to continue to build your “your community”…hassle free? Pay your taxes to keep the government off your ass.

  • Kemosabi

    The most pretentious thing I’ve ever read before real talk. Some people honestly think using 2000 words to dance around a subject that requires a quarter of the vocabulary she used is intellectual? “just cause you can’t understand him don’t mean that he’s nice, just means you don’t understand all the bullshit he rights”. Pay your taxes.

  • Chalky White

    I just read a pile of big words that had little to do with the subject. She obviously thinks us simple folk will be swayed by all her fancy book learnings. Long story short: Lauryn’s not working anymore because of her spiritual beliefs, and assumes that precludes her from paying taxes. As if that’s an excuse. Entertainers have a short shelf life, hers could have been longer, but she voluntarily walked away. I’m sure that Bill Cosby (who hasn’t been in the spotlight since the early 90′s) still pays his, as do all of the other entertainers whose time in the forefront has come and gone She hasn’t given a crap about her fanbase in at least a decade (if her live shows are any evidence), but now that she looks foolish on the news, she fires off a couple thousand words of conspiracy theory mumbo jumbo? I see through this…..

  • Toni B

    Pay your taxes Ms. Hill….enough said.

  • moreffa

    WHITE PEOPLE SMELL LIKE WET DOGG

    LET THEM LIL MARLEY NIGGAS EAT

  • really23

    i tried to read it, but it was a book

  • rahrahrah

    The fact is that the IRS makes examples of entertainers to scare the minions like us. Even if you haven’t harmed anyone you are in danger of going to jail. They want to keep you afraid. How many corporation are out there screwing over the IRS though….. That’s where the big money is, not black celebrities who don’t pay their taxes.

    I’m not saying that Lauren’s position is accurate or that she’s verbalized it well. But she has provided an opportunity for people to think about what is going on. But of course most of you won’t consider what is going on. You’re just going to laugh and point fingers, but at the same time their programming is working. You are being taught to fear opposing the government.

    SLAVES.

  • jobu

    so it is now okay as always to earn and get taxed……..only in America….. greatest country in the world….. these comments are from people who don’t know too much and are willing to take it up the ass and ask for another in the mouth….. our elders who fought and died are crying right now……. when people of color were slaves in this country and America was “fighting for independence” , there was a concept that to this day only serves one group of people all people are free and equal…… lastly does anyone know how the music industry works? Ask Sam Cooke…….. Damn the only defense against oppression is knowledge and courage….. I wish my people of this planet well, because at this pace we will be non existence by 2030…….. wake up and rise up before it is too late……. what other country imposes such taxes on there people? Yes we are born to die but in America we are born to be taxed and then die. Look it up in the Constitution.

  • http://www.weareparents.org Keino Stephenson

    It’s funny how money changes situations. Miscommunication leads to complications. -Lauryn Hill

  • King

    Classic case of “too smart for your own good”.

    Yea, taxes piss everybody off, but has anybody here actually stopped paying them as a sign of protest? No? Probably because everybody knows exactly what will happen. Are they fun to pay? Nope. Could I write a dumbass essay right now on how exactly taxes are an affront to my civil liberties? Sure. But I’m still gonna be expected to pay them, and that’s NEVER going to change.

    And quite honestly, it’s completely unfair that we, the little people, have paid for all the public services Lauryn Hill has used over the last several years, just because she feels like being an uppity bitch about things.

  • coloradoknight

    This is how you dance around a question. Bring spirituality, family, and integrity into what would simply be a short concise “No I did not pay my taxes.” It’s a ply for public sympathy. What she doesn’t realize is that with this statement she is actually giving us the typical “celebrity’ answer in which she is trying to steer clear of? Doesn’t make sense? We all pay taxes, no one is the exception. Legally.

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  • franky

    Reading all these reactions it’s amazing how uninformed americans really are.. When you realize that all the conflicts between the people of this country, have been created by the ones in control, then put into action by their owned corporate media, and there is so much easily obtainable information..

    people like lauryn hill try to enlighten the people and will probably end up being silenced, killed, or put in a bad daylight, schandal for some reason..
    (see ‘bob marley assasination’ plans / john lennon / JFK / aaron russo / sam cooke / michael jackson / Julian Assange/ Mordechai Vanunu / gary webb / Kathryn Bolkovac / Bunnatine “Bunny” H. Greenhouse / Cathy Harris …

    Do your own research please!!!

    This country is NOT run by the people or for the people. It’s run by corporations for the benefit of their shareholders. This is not a conspiracy theory. The facts are all there.

    Also the continious involvement of the C.I.A in so many controversial events is beyond sickening !!!

    - enabling drugtrafficing (jamaica-showerposse / iran contra affair / public outing of agent Valerie Plame Wilson / Osama bin Laden / cuba / 9/11 aka government false flag operation / mexican drugcartels & women of juarez / CIA-supported Nicaraguan Contras /Halliburton / Dyncorp schandal / etc etc.

    Drugs and criminal behavior – we invaded Afghanistan to get the opium farmers back in production and just about every murder suicide is fueled by antidepressants.

    -the prison industrial complex (secret investors that benefit off of bigger, fuller prisons)
    Watch “The Future of Food” or “Food, Inc.”

    HOW CIA AND MILITARY CONTROLS THE MUSIC INDUSTRY !!
    anyone who listens to rap music for over 10 years can agree that rap was heavily promoted around the same time the prison system was being privatised..

    artists/groups such as; atribe called quest, Public Enemy, Da Lench Mob, Rakim, etc, was purposely neutralized with the Gangster Rap genre, to bring down the level of consciousness in our communities.

    check the parallels between the change in rap and the change in reggae..

  • ^

    Fuck you, little weirdo. Absolutely everything you said was dead wrong, and your life is pathetic.

  • chilleymost

    SHE KICKIN KNOWLEDGE,,, NOW KICK IN THEM DOLLARS,,,DAMN ALL THAT,,,IF WE GOTTA PAY YOU GOTTA PAY,,,,,,DA FUCK,,,,,

  • elle

    it always amazes me how cut throat and hostile ninjas can be on this here internet. we forget or are desensitized to the fact that these are people- flesh and blood like us. This woman is trying to free people’s minds. but like the good book says- wisdom for fools is like pearls for swine.

  • NewDae

    ^Amen to that

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