Well, that only took 15 years.
In a Tumblr post, Lauryn Hill confirmed that she has recently signed a new record deal with Sony Worldwide to launch a new label. The reason? The reclusive singer-songwriter plans on releasing new music.
Excluding the release of the single “Repercussions” in 2010, this would mark the singer’s first bit of new music since her polarizing 2002 MTV Unplugged performance. Furthermore, Hill has not released a studio album since 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Hill spends most of the Tumblr post explaining her lengthy absence from the music world.
“I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings,” she explained.
Hill goes on to explain that this new venture will allow her the artistic freedom she’s been striving for her whole career.
“It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs,” she says. “I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.”
Hill is currently in the midst of legal woes after failing to file federal income tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007.