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Should Fans Be Mad at Lauryn Hill or Get Over It?

For most, myself included, to say that you’ve experienced Lauryn Hill live is a moment worth cherishing.

I saw Ms. Hill perform for the first time last year during Atlanta’s OneMusic Festival and the former Fugee had the crowd buzzing with numerous false alarms that she was on festival grounds and a few not-so-cool teases that she’d be hitting the stage soon.

Needless to say, when L-Boogie finally took the stage, it sounded as if she and her band didn’t have enough time to rehearse, which led to some on-the-spot orchestrating.

Seeing Ms. Hill for the first time felt awesome, but it was also filled with mixed emotions. Toned-down versions of cuts from The Score and The Miseducation didn’t capture the spirit like one would hope. Still, it was Lauryn Hill, and we all know how meticulous she is about her music and performance.

The possibility of Ms. Hill (as she likes to be called now) being late is no shock. However, her recent two-hour delay, and 40-minute performance, caused a ruckus among fans. One even recorded himself checking the artist about her extreme tardiness at the Atlanta show.

While Ms. Hill responded on camera, the real one came via an apology message the musician posted on Facebook where she detailed the importance, and challenge, of “aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available to others…I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible.”

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Though her explanation appears genuine, does it excuse the fact that tardiness seems to be the norm when it comes to Ms. Hill?

Should folks who choose to spend their money on her shows accept the great possibility that she’ll be late, or should they stay home and quit the complaining?

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