Lauryn Hill has built quite the inconsistent reputation among some of her fans. Over the last few years, the Grammy winner has consistently been late to performance (or not even showed), and once there, often remixes songs so they are almost unrecognizable to those that love them. Still, people still support L-Boogie, hoping to get blessed by the Miseducation singer.
Recently, Ms. Hill showed up to her Atlanta show nearly two-hours late and only performed for 40 minutes, causing many irate fans to complain across social media, and one even complained to her face.
NOT him dragging Lauryn to her face. She deserved it though! pic.twitter.com/zEuYUbnWoE
— N∆TE (@NathanNAVY) May 7, 2016
While Atlanta Journal Constitutional reporter Jewel Wicker said, “Nothing about Hill’s time on stage was bad,” she said that’s what made the whole thing so frustrating. “This probably would’ve been a good show had fans been privy to the entire set. But, nothing Hill did was good enough to make her tardiness acceptable, either.”
Hill took to Facebook to explain why she’s often late to shows.
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.
Hill said they’re trying to figure out a way to make it up to her Atlanta fans, but after building a reputation of always being late, Lauryn’s “energy” might just keep her from being able to get people to attend her shows.