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Lauryn Hill has burned us. Can we forgive her again?
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The pendulum of publicity that looms over the head of Ms. Lauryn Hill hardly ever swings in her favor. Fellow Fugee Wyclef Jean dubbed the songstress nothing short of a man-eating Jezebel in his autobiography “Purpose,” released late last year. Hill’s reputation as a once dazzling performer has been obliterated amidst reports of tardiness and lackluster energy, and her reputation took a big hit when she failed to pay taxes on the nearly $2 million she earned between 2005 and 2007 (she justified her fiscal mishandling as a side effect of the need to protect her art through self-imposed exile). This ultimately led to a three-month stint in federal prison, and her release was enough to prompt a solo tour that wraps up at the end of this month. As she gears up to play Wednesday at Royale, does Lauryn Hill once again have what it takes to win people over with nothing but her talent? More