Lauryn Hill

BREAKING NEWS: Lauryn Hill Sentenced To Three Months In Prison Over Taxes

(AllHipHop News) Rapper/singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in federal prison today (May 6), for not reporting over $2 million in income over a five-year period.

Lauryn Hill  appeared in court, where US Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo sentenced her to the prison stint, as well as another three months home confinement, with electronic monitoring.

Lauryn Hill had paid over $900,000 in restitution, including a $514,000 payment last week, in addition to signing a new $1 million record deal with Sony, in hopes of alleviating the situation with the IRS.

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Hill told Judge Arleo that she intended to pay the tax debt, but she ran into problems after she went on hiatus from her music career, for personal reasons.

To compound her financial issues, late last month, Hill was sued for squatting in a New Jersey mansion, that she has been renting in South Orange, New Jersey, since 2009.

According to her landlord, Hill stopped paying her rent in March.

The singer denied the allegations via a Tumblr post.

“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,” Lauryn Hill wrote in a Tumblr post. “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.”

On Friday, Lauryn Hill released her new single “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” under her new deal with Sony.

  • sixnoxrecords

    She borrowed $1 million to stay out of prison and she’s going anyway (just three months though). I hope she didn’t borrow the money from Suge Knight. Haven’t we seen this before?

    • hoeyuno

      Suge doesn’t have that type of disposable no more.

  • southside4lyfe

    man can yall plz get yall facts straight

  • hoeyuno

    That’s bullshit!! only in America do people do time for not paying taxes. didn’t Nicolas cage do the exact same thing and walk away Scott free.. I’m not sayin… but I am just sayin.. if Lauren had a extensive criminal record I would understand but a woman with 5 kids who just came up with a mil to fix the situation does not deserve jail time.

    • sixnoxrecords

      They don’t put people in jail for not paying taxes, they put you in jail for not filing taxes. If you don’t file and they catch you before you have a chance to make up for it, you almost always go to jail, even if you don’t owe.

      • hoeyuno

        Same shit. I hope your comment didn’t make you put your head up high and walk with a limp like you just schooled a mofo.

      • sixnoxrecords

        Nah, it’s not the same thing. Jermaine Dupri, Method Man, and Redd Foxx didn’t PAY their taxes. The IRS just took their stuff. Wesley Snipes, Ronald Isley, and Leona Helmsley didn’t FILE their taxes. That’s tax evasion. You go directly to jail for that.

      • This is true….but technically speaking, aren’t taxes supposed to be VOLUNTARY?

        *Unless you get into the whole 14th amendment, people are corporations thing.

      • hoeyuno

        They are unless your lower to middle class. Then they just jack your pay cheques.. there’s nothin voluntary about it.

      • Lauryn is upper class though?

      • hoeyuno

        Right . And most upper class are responsible for making sure they tucked enough away for tax season. … I was talking in general lower to middle class. We getc jackd. We don’t voluntariley pay taxes ha ha

      • That is true…don’t pay them voluntary taxes & you will eventually get shot if you continue to resist.

      • hoeyuno

        I do see your point but at the end of the day they want you to fileto pay up. What about buck?? They took his shit and sent him to the feds.

  • I think, through these last few years of Obama’s presidency, Black folks are going to see the law come down on us HARD so we don’t get to “uppity.” Between this, Assata’s bounty doubling, 16 yr old Kiera Wilmot charged w/ 2 felonies as an adult, Black women are seeing the force of this. Black folks are the vanguard of the revolution & women are the backbone of society. To keep the Black community down, you HAVE to keep the women in it down. I think we’ll see a lot of this in the next coming yrs

    • Yeah, it will be ok though, because the face of what’s screwing us over is dark, so we won’t notice.

      The Assata bounty shows you what he’s all about! A real black man would have pardoned her.

      • hoeyuno

        Assata has to be shittin bricks. I doubt she can trust anybody around her anymore.

      • I doubt it, more like nerves of steel!

        Remember, she has been going through this for a while. The U.S. offered to drop the total embargo on Cuba in exchange for Assata & Castro told them to Fugg off!

        Still, even if she does go down….she will still stand up.

        They were a different breed of Black people back then…none of that Gary Noble, House negro ‘chet!

      • hoeyuno

        Haha Gary noble hates me… didn’t Assata have to do time in a men’s max when she was in custody?? What the fucc is up with that??

      • No prison could hold her!

        BLA was in full effect back then!

    • Q.

      True, indeed. The worth of a nation can be gauged by the state of its women. And the state of our women in this country now is LOW.

      The image of the goddess is perpetually defaced, debased, and defeminized. Good sistas are getting sh!tted on daily, meanwhile the Negro-in-Chief and his wife, the First Negress, crack jokes and do the damn Dougie while we’re taking L’s….No Boogie.

      They set Lauryn up deliberatley. They boxed her in with the deal, accepted her $900K, then threw 3 months at her anyway, out of spite…a slap in the face.

    • Slaughtr

      True talk I wish alot these young so called hip hop enthusiast talk more smart than ignorant.With the failing state state of hip hop it’s all a master plan to destroy us and our culture but most see it different ,but black folks who voted for Obama get ready because after he leaves office the party is over niggaz.

  • Communist Russia.

    BS i bet that bitch Lindsey Lohan be getting home detention or some BS like that. The System is STILL unbalanced as hell. Justice’s Scales are broken.

  • 90 days is a bitch but she’ll be alright. And borrowing Peter to pay Paul is not the same thing as going into your assets and repaying taxes with the same money in question. It’s as if she spent the money in question. So, I’m not surprised or outraged.

    • *Dudes missed that point, talking about she had it like that!

  • Black Exodus

    Song is deep…so deep…man! Do your time momma…come stronger and understand this beast in which you live. You have to know the game to play the game. We are constantly under the microscope and dissected for everything we do…play smart, live smart…then you eat smart. Keep the music dope!

    • The lyrics, yeah, *but the beat was warm doo doo!

      *Compared to the Lauryn we have been waiting for.

  • RMfag

    Now I thought she paid the debt she owed. What’s really going on?

  • sixnoxrecords

    You don’t go to jail for not paying taxes, you go to jail for not filing taxes. And they usually give you years. She got of lightly.

    • How, she paid the back taxes & penalties?

      • sixnoxrecords

        Exactly. If you don’t PAY taxes, they just make you pay and/or take your stuff. If you don’t FILE like Lauryn, they almost always put you in jail when they catch you. 3 months is very light for tax evasion.

      • hoeyuno

        It’s not that your wrong homie. it’s that your focusing on a detail that is somewhat pointless. why would Lauren come up with the mil in owed taxes in a attempt to avoid jail time if the money wasn’t the issue. basically what your saying is that people could file and not pay and they would have nothing to worry about.

  • Guest

    She won’t have to do those 3 months I can guarantee it

    • RMfag


    • That’s fed time…..75 days?

      • BOO BOE

        you got that rite half way house 85 percent

      • Are you serious about the 1/2 house?

        Like off a 3mnth bid, she has to do 75 days…then 6mnths in 1/2 way house?


        Oh, 3 mnths house arrest….Dayum!

      • BOO BOE

        na i’m just taking a guess. she not just going spot free i know that shit, they will make her do some type of federal programming

      • Nah, you on point, 3mnths house arrest after bid!

    • hoeyuno

      Nah homie. This isn’t a D.U.I…. they never let ppls out early when it comes to uncle Sam’s money.

  • Pfft I was only in a jail for like 10 hrs in a p*ssy a$$ city and I aint like that shit. Good Luck Ms. Hill.

  • she”ll do Lindsey Lohan numbers …1hr!

  • >>In the Realest1’s voice “Sony Pimp ‘chet!

    WTF? The track is garbage!


    • hoeyuno

      Yea the beat sound like it was done on fruit loops by a E-tard.. homie on another page said it sounds like “bad company flow”.. I think that sums it up. She had to give Sony somethin I guess before she heads to jail. She has enough supporters it will sell.

      • It doesn’t need to sell…she’s still getting paid!

      • hoeyuno

        By who?? You think it’s a coincidence she signed a million dollar deal a couple days before she had court for a million dollar tax problem?? The mil is spoken for. Any record sales are gonna be her bread and butter..

      • I thought the mil was an advance?

      • hoeyuno

        I googled her deal for shitz and gigglez she got/gets a mil for 5 songs. If she wants to do a whole album they will negotiate more scrill. Weather she got the mil up front or if in her contract it’s on completion of the tracks, who knows. It coulda been a advance on the 5 songs but then she would get nothing when there completed.. except royalties…right??

      • 200 rackz a song is fair!

  • Matt Swan

    She should have known after watchin Wesley Snipes get three years to get her ish together…EVERYONE knows IRS don’t play when you don’t pay

    • pepemirufahi

      my classmate’s mother-in-law makes $71/hr on the internet. She has been out of work for eight months but last month her income was $17111 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on  Zap2­2­.c­om

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  • Reblogged this on The Music Nerdvocate and commented:
    Lauryn’s story seems to get more and more messed up and weird by the minute…

  • Lamar Star

    Any time spent behind bars sucks, but at least she didnt get any Wesley Snipes, Ron Isley numbers

  • Who??? Who cares.

  • Dead wrong

    Damn L. Boogie. If you do NOT wish to pay taxes, do it the right way. Claim your strawman from the corporation of the United States in Washington D.C. and become a citizen of the American Republic. If your name is in caps on your SS card, then you have a strawman too and are like a stock in the corporation, worth a million dollars. When you go through the process you get an international drivers license and are exempt from paying taxes and a lot of other laws as well. If she said she was opposed to the government, why not legally renounce her citizenship and allegiance to it? It makes no sense.

  • Golgo 13

    ye she should of learnt from Wesley i wasnt expecting her 2 go prison anyway being that she payed some

  • MrNoName2K

    Financial advisors are a must nowdays.

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