So…Kinfolk if you haven’t heard already Lauryn Hill reportedly showed up to her Atlanta show 3 hours late. BIG SUPRISE! This is her normal MO and precisely why I didn’t spend my hard earned coins to go see her. Apparently she wanted you to hear her side of the story so she posted the following essay on her Facebook page
I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care. And I have nothing but Love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others. I don’t have an on/off switch. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible. For every performance that I’ve arrived to late, there have been countless others where I’ve performed in excess of two hours, beyond what I am contracted to do, pouring everything out on the stage.
Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road. Some days we are more successful than others re time. However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn’t been touched upon by the media, I’m sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect.
Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special to begin with, while also making that experience available and accessible to others. If I didn’t Love and respect the art, I wouldn’t be doing this. The audience and I should have that in common.
My true audience knows emphatically that I care. It isn’t possible to affect people in any deep and meaningful way without putting sacrificial time in.
I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show. We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them.
*yawns and stretches* (notice there is no mention of refunds) Ms. Lauryn Hill(I want to put some respeck on your name, before I go in!) while I am keeping in mind that you’re an artist and your sensitive about your shit! The fact remains that concert tickets are not free and last I checked money does not grow on trees! I and countless others are sensitive about their coins! This whole excuse about going over at other shows is to the left of the GOTDAMN point! The fact remains you showed up late to your Atlanta show and countless other shows and gave your fans your ass to kiss. There is a simple to solution to all of this, like to hear it here it go: STOP TOURING! If you can’t show up on time! PERIOD POINT BLANK! The video below conveys my sentiment about your antics Ms. Lauryn
While I appreciated your essay, you really could have saved that bullshit. I am so glad I went with my first mind and didn’t purchase a ticket to your Atlanta show because I would be reciting the lyrics to Kash Doll’s song “BITCH RUN ME MY MONEY!” To you, LiveNation, and Ticketmaster! Sad to say I probably will never see Lauryn Hill live unless it’s free because I refuse to have my coins wasted! Ask yourself Ms. Lauryn Hill what would Beyoncé do?
Whut say you?