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    Lauren Hill Compares Making $600 Million to Slavery

    (CNN) -- Lauryn Hill told the judge who sentenced her to prison that she planned to pay her taxes; it was just a question of when.

    The judge reminded her that citizens don't get to choose when to pay the government just before ordering her to spend three months in a federal prison.

    The Grammy-winning singer must report to prison on July 8 to begin serving the sentence for failure to pay federal income taxes for three years, followed by three months of home confinement and a year of supervised probation, the judge said. Hill must also pay penalties and taxes still owed and a $60,000 fine.

    Hill pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007.

    The artist appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, for sentencing.

    Hill told the judge she lives "very modestly" considering how much money her music -- she has sold 16 million records -- earned for other people.

    "Someone did the math, and it came to around $600 million," she said. "And I sit here before you trying to figure out how to pay a tax debt? If that's not like enough to slavery, I don't know."

    "This wasn't a life of jet-setting glamour," she said. "This was a life of sacrifice with very little time for myself and my children."

    The income in question was mostly from music and film royalties paid to companies she owned between 2005 and 2008, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

    "Although Hill pleaded guilty to charges specifically related to those tax years, her sentence also takes into account additional income and tax losses for 2008 and 2009 -- when she also failed to file federal returns -- along with her outstanding tax liability to the state of New Jersey, for a total income of approximately $2.3 million and total tax loss of approximately $1,006,517," the prosecutor said.

    Hill's lawyer, Nathan Hochman, told CNN that Hill has fully paid her taxes.

    "I think the judge gave a fair and reasonable sentence," Hochman said.

    Her lack of a prior criminal record and the fact that she has six minor children helped, he said.

    "I think the government has let a number of celebrities off and never criminally prosecuted them, Willie Nelson being at least one example," he said. "I think that the court took that into account as well. Ms. Hill did not get a slap on the wrist and let off with just paying a certain amount of money but has had to go through this entire criminal prosecution."

    Hill also used her sentencing to talk about her music.

    "I didn't make music for celebrity status," she told the court. "I made music for artistic and existential catharsis, which was not just necessary for myself but it was also necessary for the generations of oppressed people who hadn't had their voices expressed like I was able to do it. Music is not something I do from 9 to 5. It's a state of being, and like a doctor who delivers babies, I'm on call all the time because that's the kind of work this is."

    Hill revealed in a message posted to her Tumblr account last month that she's been working on new music.

    "It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released," Hill wrote. "And yes, I am working on new music."

    Her fans have been waiting for new music from her since her 1998 solo album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
    The Lesson? Pay your taxes.

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    She's an idiot... who wrote some great music... about two decades ago.

    "Shut up and play your guitar" - FZ

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    la la la la la ohhhhhh oh lal la la la ahhhhhhhhaayayayaya

    strumming my pain with his finger!

    how can such a lyrical genius be so broke with lines like that?

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    This thread is useless without pics.


    And who the fvck is Lauren Hill??

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    "Someone did the math, and it came to around $600 million," she said. "And I sit here before you trying to figure out how to pay a tax debt? If that's not like enough to slavery, I don't know."

    "This wasn't a life of jet-setting glamour," she said. "This was a life of sacrifice with very little time for myself and my children."


    "I didn't make music for celebrity status," she told the court. "I made music for artistic and existential catharsis, which was not just necessary for myself but it was also necessary for the generations of oppressed people who hadn't had their voices expressed like I was able to do it. Music is not something I do from 9 to 5. It's a state of being, and like a doctor who delivers babies, I'm on call all the time because that's the kind of work this is."



    Her fans have been waiting for new music from her since her 1998 solo album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

    Oh so since her intention wasn't to make money on her money, so it's ok if she doesn't pay any taxes on money she didn't want to intentionally make?


    So if she hadn't made an album since 1998, she hasn't been able to hire an accountant? Sounds like she had a lot of time on her hands.


    Comparing being a musician to a doctor is also a kick in the groin to anyone that has had to work long, thankless hours in a hospital.

    GFY, Lauryn Hill.

    Also Alicia Keys > Lauryn Hill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Churchill View Post
    The Lesson? Pay your taxes.
    Also this thread gives me the excuse to post more of this guy









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    She convinced chapelle to quit, she sucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIDeadHead View Post
    la la la la la ohhhhhh oh lal la la la ahhhhhhhhaayayayaya

    strumming my pain with his finger!

    how can such a lyrical genius be so broke with lines like that?
    Yeah. Um. She didn't write that. Its a remake of a Roberta Flack song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big L View Post
    This thread is useless without pics.


    And who the fvck is Lauren Hill??
    Yup, no idea who she is...

    A pic would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIDeadHead View Post
    la la la la la ohhhhhh oh lal la la la ahhhhhhhhaayayayaya

    strumming my pain with his finger!

    how can such a lyrical genius be so broke with lines like that?
    IS she really broke?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelioion View Post
    Yup, no idea who she is...

    A pic would be great.
    She's coming off dumber than a rock, but she is (was) a fantastic singer/songwriter. Her career was fleeting though with only two albums. One was when she sang vocals with Wycleff Jean's one album "band" the Fugees, and the other her self titled album. Rather amazing that the two sold over $600 million (of which she gets a small portion. It's not like she blew through that kind of money. Still stupid to think you can get away with not paying taxes. (Unless you're Irwin Schiff...look him up, but even he got busted eventually)



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    Quote Originally Posted by dmitexxi View Post
    IS she really broke?

    I dont think she's broke, just stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big L View Post
    This thread is useless without pics.


    And who the fvck is Lauren Hill??
    Quote Originally Posted by fidelioion View Post
    Yup, no idea who she is...

    A pic would be great.


    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Lauryn+Hill

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    didnt she also say like 10-15 years ago that she would rather go broke then have a white person buy her record?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post
    this always makes me chuckle like a school girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-Met57 View Post
    didnt she also say like 10-15 years ago that she would rather go broke then have a white person buy her record?
    No problem. I'll just download it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    No problem. I'll just download it.
    hah!

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    I also hope she gets a bill for whatever her incarceration costs us taxpayers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post
    Common thread etiquette. No need to be a dick about it.



    Bunch of dicks around here.

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