Singer/rapper Lauryn Hill has reportedly paid off the tax debt that likely would have sent her to prison for three years. On the day before Hill was due to be sentenced on charges of federal tax evasion, the Grammy winner paid more than $900,000 in taxes and penalties. She is still due to be sentenced Monday, but her sentence is likely to be adjusted due to her having repaid the money. Her attorney stated as much when he made the official announcement to the media that the debt had been covered. ”Ms. Hill has not only now fully paid prior to sentencing her taxes, which are part of her criminal restitution, but she has additionally fully paid her federal and state personal taxes for the entire period under examination through 2009,” her attorney, Nathan Hochman, said via email.
The film centers on the story of the great brawler Roberto Duran who beat Sugar Ray in 1980 to claim the WBC welterweight title (though he lost is a few months later during the rematch). Usher says he has spent more than a year preparing to play Leonard, who was known for his fast hands, quick feet and wide smile. Robert De Niro will star as Duran’s Hall of Famer trainer, Ray Arcel. Filming is scheduled to begin in Panama in October.
Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill both rose to fame as members of the Fugees in the late 1990s. But romantic squabbles and creative differences soured their relationship and ended the group. Nonetheless, Clef spoke to “Rap Fix” about Hill’s recent tax issues and the announcement that she has signed a new record deal. “I wish her the best, I think she’s going to have a great album,” Wyclef said. “You’re going to have ups and downs and in the industry.”
“What I learned in the industry is just make sure that you surround yourself with the best people. Not people that’s just gonna tell you what you want to hear, but people that’s going to tell you the truth,” he said. “You develop a God complex. Trust me when I tell you that.”
Lauryn Hill just bought herself a couple weeks of freedom.
The R&B legend was to be sentenced to prison today after pleading guilty to blowing off her 2005-2007 tax returns … but the sentencing was moved to May 6 to give Lauryn a chance to repay a chunk of her $968,000 tax debt. Hill’s attorney said the singer recently signed a million-dollar recording deal with Sony … she was also planning to take out a $650,000 loan to put toward the bill. Hill faces several years in prison … but her attorney is hoping for probation.
A pricey new record deal would certainly help L Boogie’s cause that she’ll be able to pay Uncle Sam all their dough if she is able to drop a new album and tour. Late last year she hit the road with Nas for the “Life Is Good/Black Rage” tour. ”Black Rage” was the name of a single that Ms. Hill was thought to be dropping. However, that has not happened as of yet.
Grammy-winning singer Dionne Warwick, has filed for bankruptcy because of unpaid taxes that total about $10.7 million. According to reports, her debt started growing in the 1990s, and was originally only $2.2 million. After 50 years in show biz, the singer said all she had to show for it was $1,000 cash; assorted pieces of decades-old furniture; clothes; artwork and paintings; two fur coats, and two pairs of diamond earrings. The vast majority of her debt is $10.2 million in tax claims from the IRS and the state of California. She also owes a former manager about $500,000, and ran up a $20,000 Visa card debt, court papers showed. With the amount she currently owes, this is bound to be a long, drawn out case.
Kanye West and rants go together like peanut butter and jelly, and once again Yeezy used the stage to vent some frustrations. While in London Saturday night, the Chicago superstar railed against the GRAMMYs, Justin Timberlake‘s “Suit & Tie” single and even President Barack Obama. West was performing the first of back-to-back shows at the Hammersmith Apollo and shortly after performing the Cruel Summer single “Clique,” the G.O.O.D. Music chieftain got a few things off his chest. Graciously thanking the crowd, Kanye launched into his rant by mentioning that he owns a residence in London. But shortly after, he began to rail against the industry. “I hate business people,” said a seemingly frustrated West. “People get on the phone with me and talk to me like ‘What kind of business can it do, tho? What kind of business are you doing? What’s the numbers? How much did you sell?’” After a few moments of that, West started to dig in. “Remind me again why we in this sh-t? / Remind me why the GRAMMYs can suck my d-ck,” he crooned in a sing-song freestyle. “Remind me again who’s the original Superfly/And I got love for Hov but I ain’t f-ckin’ with that ‘Suit & Tie.’” West threw shots at corporate sponsors as well, just before having what appears to be a bit of meltdown. Mentioning the loss of his mother in an especially emotional moment, West then said, “I don’t give a f-ck what the President has to say” before going on to some other choice words. It seemed like Kanye West was working something out with himself onstage, and may have destroyed some endorsement opportunities for himself in the process as well. Check out the onstage rant in the video clip courtesy of TeamKanyeDaily below.