A Comeback for Lauryn Hill? Too Late

She Matters: This once-diehard fan won't be wasting time or money on a once-great artist.

Lauryn Hill (Christie Goodwin/Getty Images)

She seemed to carry a resentment for fans who imitated her style of dress, as if it weren’t a form a flattery. I figured that her highly criticized relationship with her man was her business, but her concerts started to seem more like an afterthought than a composed set. Hill showed up chronically late — sometimes almost four hours — and unapologetic.

At a 2011 New York City concert where she took the stage after midnight for what had been advertised as an 8:30 show, fans booed. Hill told them, “Don’t do that. That’s disrespectful. I spent my entire 20s sacrificing my life to give you love. So when I hear people complain, I don’t know what to tell you … I personally know I’m worth the wait.” No, she’s not.

Hill’s latest single, “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix),” was her first as part of a new record deal, one that she was rumored to sign for the money to pay her back taxes. The title and non-radio-friendly sound suggest a lack of effort and a hurried production — just like her concerts. If this is what’s to come, I’ll pass on this latest tour, too. Will you?

Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor at The Root, a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. Follow her on Twitter.