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Lauryn Hill responds to 'stealing music' claims

DEFENCE: Lauryn Hill

LAURYN HILL has responded to claims that she "stole" the music on her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

The former Fugees singer/rapper was called out by jazz pianist and producer Robert Glasper earlier this month after he reiterated lawsuit claims made by her former studio band New Ark that she failed to give credit to the writers and musicians behind the lauded 1998 album.

Responding to comments in a lengthy post on Medium.com on Monday (Aug 27), Hill insisted that while the group's work ethic might have been "inclusive", the songs on the album belonged to her.

"The Miseducation was the first time I worked with musicians outside of the Fugees (whose) report and working relationship was clear. In an effort to create the same level of comfort, I may not have established the necessary boundaries and may have been more inviting than I should have been," the 43-year-old wrote.

"In hindsight, I would have handled it differently for the removal of any confusion. And I have handled it differently since, I’m clear and I make clear before someone walks in the door what I am and am not looking for. I may have been inclusive, but these are my songs."

Referencing how Glasper worked for her briefly in 2008, she added: "I'm confused as to why such a principled musician, who thought I ‘stole’ from his friends, would show up to work for me anyway."

Ms Hill is currently on the The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill tour in celebration of it's 20th year since release. The star has cancelled a string of dates however,due to "production issues".

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