Tue 31 Jul 2007
Brendan (Bfred) sent me a very interesting excerpt from his current issue of Scratch magazine….Wyclef speaks out on Lauryn Hill, but not about all the tales of diva-isms that I’ve gotten used to (i.e. demanding that nobody look at her or address her backstage, insisting that crewmembers address her as Miss Hill), or the stories of Lauryn’s onstage meltdowns.
Clef is actually airing out another aspect of Miss Hill’s troublesome behavior….
Megalomania and the art of stealing production credit. (yikes)
Now if you remember, Lauryn actually had to pay a lawsuit settlement to some NJ producers who sued her for not crediting her for some of Miseducation’s biggest hits. (which makes me wonder after reading Clef’s quotes below…did Pras lie on the stand?)
So here’s what Wyclef says….
(What’s going on with the Fugees reunion, or lack there of?) WYCLEF: I’m officially Paul McCartney from the Beatles now. If the Fugees wanna come back, and Lauryn wanna come back…you can’t break the format. Don’t come back and be like, “I wanna produce a beat.” That’s like me saying I wanna sing an R&B vocal. When we was working on the album, I was like, [to Lauryn], “You need to do this like this.” [And] she says, “How do you know what’s relevant? I haven’t heard anything from you in the past like three, four years?” The minute she said that I was like, I gotta go back to working.
(So what’s ultimately holding you guys back?)
Lauryn is straight up the problem, bro. She wants to be a producer. Don’t come telling us how to chop up beats so you can get credit for it.
(What makes you think she would take the credit?)
We did a remix [with] Lauryn for John Legend, for the record “How High.” John Legend was saying our names. You know what she had [him] do? She was like, “Take off Wyclef and Jerry’s names.” Because she wanted people to think that she was the one doing the beat…I’m a producer and I’m a beatmaker with my cousin Jerry Wonder, and I’m a writer. She’s a writer, a vocalist, [and] a great [vocal] composer. And she’s great at picking out samples—she got 20 billion samples but can’t chop ’em up to save her life.
(So she hasn’t made any of the beats she got credit for?)
It’s real simple—if you did the beats, where are the beats? Show us one beat that you did. If you bring ’Clef to the studio, put an MP, put an SP, put a bunch of stuff, bring a bunch of cameras [and] say, “Clef, do a beat in two minutes.” The beat’s done! Bring Lauryn Hill in the studio with the same camera, say we give you three hours. Matter fact, fuck it, we’ll give you a month—do a beat. She can’t put it together!
(make sure you check out the rest of the Scratch Magazine site)