After attending Lauryn Hill’s recent show in Brooklyn, Melanie Fiona was so moved that she expressed her extreme gratitude in an open letter penned to The Fugee’s Queen piece. Take a look below.
I have had many blessed, spiritual, and unforgettable moments in my life… But none more inspiring and life altering than last night. For those of you have ever listened to my music as a full body of work, heard any of my interviews, or have been to any of my live shows… Knows, that Lauryn Hill is a driving force of inspiration in everything I do. There would be no first audition for me if couldn’t sing her version of “his eye is on the sparrow”… There wouldn’t be “Felony Miona”… There wouldn’t be the artist you see today who isn’t afraid to bare her soul about life and love. And last night, I got to tell her that. After seeing her murder the stage…I personally got to express my teary eyed gratitude. A REAL dream come true for me. Lauryn Hill is the true essence of artistry that I aspire to represent… One who can break barriers, colour lines, industry standards, and ignorant minds… All while making amazing heartfelt educated music. My life will never be the same… It will be better… For what I received last night in energy and inspiration will most definitely make me a better artist and woman in this industry. You will feel it. Thank You #LaurynHill… You are singlehandedly, hands down, the greatest to ever do it ALL… Triple Threat… And to inspire a musical generation so starved that we still anticipate any and everything that you will do in the future. With Love, Respect, Support and Gratitude, MF xo
Ja Rule was released from prison this week after serving most of a two-year sentence for weapons possession. While the rapper has yet to talk about his future plans, a spokesperson has confirmed he will be in home confinement for the remainder of his sentence for tax evasion. spokesperson, Melanie A. Bonvicino, tells TMZ … “My client Jeffrey Atkins (aka Ja Rule) was released this morning from the Raybrook Correctional Facility in Upstate New York to serve out his federal time obligation due under the terms set forth in accordance with home confinement which were secured by his attorney Stacy Richman,” the rapper’s rep, Melanie A. Bonvicino told TMZ. “At present, he looks forward to spending some time with his family while he completes his memoir.”
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.”
Fat Joe has pleaded guilty to tax evasion after failing to pay income taxes for the years 2007 and 2008. According to TMZ, the Terror Squad chief was accused of dodging roughly $700,000 in income taxes over the two-year period. He appeared in federal court in New Jersey earlier this morning to enter his guilty plea, and was subsequently released on $250,000 bond.
In 2010, Joey Crack listed his $2 million Florida mansion for sale to reportedly liquidate assets to cover debts of nearly $140,000. He was also given a tax lien by the State of New Jersey from 2008 in the sum of $105,000, as well as a Mercer County, New Jersey lien for just under $32,000. Joey Crack will be sentenced in April and is facing up to two years in prison.