Lauryn Hill has paid off her debt, everyone! How she got there? Weirdly. Duh. But first, some background.
It’s been 15 years since Lauryn Hill released her debut masterpiece The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which means it’s been just about that long since she’s released good music. Since then, she’s had one of the most bizarre lives of any celebrity in the country…with no music to show for it for the most part. Most recently, she was charged with a $900,000 tax debt that was to land her in jail for a year.
That’s why she
tortured blessed our ears with her new song “Neurotic Society.” It had been widely reported that Hill had signed a record deal and was required to make music by a judge to pay off the debt. Thanks, judge. We can blame you for that musical atrocity.
Well, it turns out that Lauryn Hill has paid that debt but she didn’t use her record deal to do it. Instead, she failed to release songs and only paid $50,000 on the loan with the deal. So where did the money come from? Take it away Reuters’ Alex Haley:
Her attorney said last month that Hill lined up a loan secured by two pieces of real estate. He said on Sunday that the tax repayment came from a combination of sources but did not include funds from any new record sales.
So we were subjected to that horrid song and it didn’t even pay her debt! The question remains though: how did Lauryn Hill come up with $900,000 in such short notice if it wasn’t tied to the record deal. What’s more fascinating is that Hill had until Monday to pay her loan or her sentence would worsen. So she scrounged up some real estate earnings, secret money and borrowed to pay off a near-million dollar debt the day before it was due in order to lessen her sentence. This is just like the plot to You Got Served with break-dancing being replaced by being a total f*cking weirdo.
Can’t we just pretend Lauryn was still able to do this: