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The Curious Case Of Lauryn Hill And Her Tardy Reputation

Ralph Bristout

 // May 7, 2016

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Here’s a scenario: So you get tickets to see Lauryn Hill live in concert and the show starts at 8 p.m. Do you arrive at the concert an hour before to scoop your seats? Or do you take a gamble and show up two hours after the billed time in hopes of catching the elusive showstopper right as she hits the stage? Sadly, fans from Atlanta recognized the latter as a point of reference for the future when Hill, who was set to play the Chastain Park Amphitheatre Friday night (May 6) at 8 p.m., showed up more than three hours late for her concert.

Per angered concert-goers, the former leading Fugees member showed up nearly two and a half hours late to the show, all the while yielding “boos,” only to perform three songs before her sound was eventually cut due to the venue’s curfew. Like much of everything these days, Hill’s tardiness quickly became a hot trending topic on Twitter.

When confronted by a fan about her lateness, Hill said it was her driver’s fault. “My driver got lost. I can’t control that,” she says in a video that has since gone viral. When questioned about the fact she didn’t stay at the venue after soundcheck, Hill replied, “I’m a perfectionist about what I do.” Unfortunately, she doesn’t fair well with time, and last night’s incident at Chastain Park is just one of many examples. Take a quick trip down memory lane, below.

December 28, 2010

For a show scheduled early in the night, Ms. Lauryn Hill showed up at the Music Hall of Williamsburg well past 11 p.m. As her lateness to the stage prompted “boos,” the singer told the audience, “I spent my entire 20s sacrificing my life to give you love. So when I hear people complain, I don’t know what to tell you.” A The New York Times report indicated that two fans held up signs at the show that read “You Just Lost One” and “This Is Insulting.” To that, the Grammy-winning singer replied, “Don’t do that. That’s disrespectful."

March 31, 2012

Lauryn Hill @ Int Jazz Fest - Cape Town
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Arriving 30 minutes late for a headlining set at the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival, L’Boogie reportedly left much of the audience displeased. Despite delivering an energetic show, several fans reportedly walked out as the performance went on.

July 23, 2014

Failing to arrive on time for a show at the Chicago House of Blues, Ms. Hill reportedly didn't show up until 50 minutes after her scheduled time. When a fan voiced out their frustration during the show, Hill reportedly removed him from the audience and schooled the crowd on a little something called respek. "I do this because I love it, not because I owe you anything," she said to the fan on stage. "You can say whatever you want. I don't give a rat's ass."

September 20, 2014

Arriving 90 minutes late at the Brixton Academy in London, the star's arrival and shaky performance drew mixed reactions from some concert-goers. Critics and concertgoers alike described her setlist as “awful” and “unrecognizable,” due to Hill's signature renditions of updating classics over new instrumentals. Fans also reportedly booed the singer, as many attendees pointed out the show was strained with several sound issues. A few weeks later, a similar incident occurred at the Brooklyn Bowl in the U.K., which once again found a fan questioning Hill about tardiness.

Lauryn Hill Argues With A Fan Who Heckled Her For Being Late In London
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November 1, 2014

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Lorena O'Neil

A performance at the Voodoo Experience Music Festival in New Orleans was cut short after Hill reportedly showed up 45 minutes late, missing more than half her hour-long performance slot. Midway through her set, the singer’s mic was cut off before the lights were eventually lowered on the stage.

April 15, 2016

With a call time set for 9 p.m., Ms. Hill didn't hit BK until four hours later. As some fans indicted, the singer didn’t hit the stage of Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre until about 1 a.m., which drew the ire of many fans.

April 29, 2016

Fans who arrived at the Congo Square Stage for Hill’s headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz Fest gained a new meaning to the phrase “Good things come to those who wait.” Instead of 45 minutes like her Voodoo Fest set, the “Everything Is Everything” singer arrived 20 minutes late. Despite the delay, the show, as the say, went on.

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