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I decided that the only way to make the music that I felt like making was to do it on my own.
It became a necessity, more than a want."What's Next?
Many female rhymers, from Queen Latifah to Nicki Minaj, have destroyed the proverbial glass ceiling to become legends in their own right.
In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 of the greatest female rappers of all time over a 31-day series, kicking off with an interview with MC Lyte. Day 31: Lauryn Hill There's no moment quite like when listening Lauryn Hill's vocal prowess on the Fugees' "Killing Me Softly." Every listen takes your breath away.
Longtime collaborator, Pras, describes each moment as an awakening. Hill, and as she overcomes adversaries and allegations, we bittersweetly listen to her past work as a member of the Fugees and her classic album, "The Miseducation" of Lauryn Hill." Read on as Pras shares memories of the singer-songwriter. ' But you don't know, you just had to believe.""Killing Me Softly""You know how you'll find something but it doesn't necessarily mean you discovered it?
Beginnings Pras: "I met Lauryn Hill back in 1988/89. She might be a little younger than us.' I was a sophomore at the time. I heard her sing it for the first in the studio, but I never truly heard her it until two or three experiences.
Let me go.' When I did what I needed to do and they still weren't with it I was like, 'Let me go.' There were meetings about me that they didn't tell me about nor let me be a part of. There were so many things happening; I wasn't sleeping right or eating right.
Neither one of us wanted to go there, in any type of way. Every time we got together, my manager was like, 'It feels like shadowboxing.' We'd be going at it without words, but for some reason it just works."Parting Ways with Interscope Records "There started begin label issues and misunderstandings [after 'Eve-Olution']. Me as an artist, I didn't want to compromise my sound. I'd say, 'If you don't believe in me then let me go.'"To this day, I still don't know the exact answer as to what happened. It took while for the song to grow, and maybe that was an issue for them.
I was like, 'Yeah, now you're producing for me.' He was probably like, 'Here we go.' [Laughs] 'Cause he already knew how I was. It was horrible because there were all these people who have been championing me for years and now, all of a sudden, I didn't feel like anyone was in my corner.""At that time, music was changing. But once it hit, it hit.""After that they said, 'We're not putting out the album 'cause we're not happy with the album but you have to go in and re-record another album.' I was like, 'What? ' I was at the point where I just wanted an album to come out, so whatever suggestions they gave me, I'd do it.
I think people would think I was regressing or pretending.
You can't bring back that moment in time.""I wanted freedom.
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