Music Business: When Artists Sold Their Souls for Fame….



Before I begin on the latest tea, I wanted to let you know I was busy trying to adjust to my new job and on beginning to buy a home. So this is the reason for my absence on this blog for the past few weeks.  Now let me dive into this new set of news I wanted to bring to your attention.

Let me start when the talented Lauryn Hill.

For those of you guys who had not seen the latest letter Ms. Lauryn Hill placed on her tumblr page, here it is.

According to Vigilant Citizen, here is the tea:

Lauryn Hill’s Tumblr Letter on the Music Business

Several newspapers have reported that Lauryn Hill was in trouble with the government for not filing taxes from 2005-2007. While I do not know (nor care) about her financial status and her tax paying habits, I found Hill’s response to the charges quite compelling. In a first public statement in years, Hill describes the control, manipulation and exploitation of the music industry and her efforts to get away from it all. Here’s the letter published on her new Tumblr account.

It was reported yesterday that Ms. Lauryn Hill has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor failure to file taxes.  These charges were incurred for the years of 2005-2007, during a time in which Ms. Hill had removed herself and her family from society, in order to keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger.  In response to these charges, Ms. Hill has issued the following statement:

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground.  I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.  Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance.  I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a given paradigm.  I’ve seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power.  These devices of control, no matter how well intentioned (or not), can have a devastating outcome on the lives of people, especially creative types who must grow and exist within a certain environment and according to a certain pace, in order to live and create optimally.

I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity.  So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it.  During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics.  Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright.  When one has a prolific creative output like I did/d o, and is then forced to stop, the effects can be dangerous both emotionally and psychologically, both for the artist and those in need of that resource.  It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed.

During this period of crisis, much was said about me, both slanted and inaccurate, by those who had become dependent on my creative force, yet unwilling to fully acknowledge the importance of my contribution, nor compensate me equitably for it.  This was done in an effort to smear my public image, in order to directly affect my ability to earn independently of this system.  It took a long time to locate and nurture a community of people strong enough to resist the incredibly unhealthy tide, and more importantly see through it.  If I had not been able to make contact with, and establish this community, my life, safety and freedom, would have been directly affected as well as the lives, safety and freedom of my family.  Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.

As my potential to work, and therefore earn freely, was being threatened, I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by.  This was absolutely critical while trying to find and establish a new and very necessary community of healthy people, and also heal and detoxify myself and my family while raising my young children.

There were no exotic trips, no fleet of cars, just an all out war for safety, integrity, wholeness and health, without mistreatment denial, and/or exploitation.  In order to liberate myself from those who found it ok to oppose my wholeness, free speech and integral growth by inflicting different forms of punitive action against it, I used my resources to sustain our safety and survival until I was able to restore my ability to earn outside of it!

When artists experience danger and crisis under the effects of this kind of insidious manipulation, everyone easily accepts that there was something either dysfunctional or defective with the artist, rather than look at, and fully examine, the system and its means and policies of exploiting/’doing business’.  Not only is this unrealistic, it is very dark in its motivation, conveniently targeting the object of their hero worship by removing any evidence that they ‘needed’ or celebrated this very same resource just years, months or moments before.  Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego.  Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.

It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else.  Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual.  I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking.  To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights!  These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech!  Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!!

Learning from the past, insulating friends and family from the influence of external manipulation and corruption, is far more important to me than being misunderstood for a season!  I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns!  I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival.

I conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period.  Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution.

My intention has always been to get this situation rectified.  When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes.  This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.

As this, and other areas of issue are resolved and set straight, I am able to get back to doing what I should be doing, the way it should be done.  This is part of that process.  To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrueI abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.”

- Source: Tumblr

As it is always the case when celebrities reject and pull away from the industry, Hill has been often portrayed as crazy and unstable in the media. However, those who know about the dark side of the industry know that Hill did the only SANE thing one can do in her situation: Get out. I guess we know what the following song is about.

After reading Lauryn’s heart felt letter to her fans, I could begin to see what the music business have done to artists.

I  started to see the example of what is happening to Kanye West.  His musical talents are overshadowed with pure media fuckery, evil corruption, and downright—coorney at its finest!  I was a Kanye West fan when he first started in the music industry. I applaud him for having the courage to do ‘Jesus Walks’.


Yo, We at war We at war with terrorism, racism, and most of all we at war with ourselves (Jesus Walks)

God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down (Jesus Walks with me) with me, with me, with me [fades]

You know what the Midwest is? Young & Restless Where restless (Niggas) might snatch your necklace And next these (Niggas) might jack your Lexus Somebody tell these (Niggas) who Kanye West is I walk through the valley of the shadow of death is Top floor the view alone will leave you breathless Uhhhh!

Try to catch it Uhhhh! It’s kinda hard hard Getting choked by the detectives yeah yeah now check the method

They be asking us questions, harass and arrest us Saying “we eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast” Huh? Yall eat pieces of shit? What’s the basis?

We ain’t going nowhere but got suits and cases A trunk full of coke rental car from Avis My momma used to say only Jesus can save us Well momma I know I act a fool But I’ll be gone ’til November I got packs to move I Hope
[Hook x2]

(Jesus Walks) God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down (Jesus Walks with me) The only thing that that I pray is that my feet don’t fail me now (Jesus Walks)

 And I don’t think there is nothing I can do now to right my wrongs (Jesus Walks with me) I want to talk to God but I’m afraid because we ain’t spoke in so long

To the hustlers, killers, murderers, drug dealers even the strippers (Jesus walks with them) To the victims of Welfare for we living in hell here hell yeah (Jesus walks with them) Now hear ye hear ye want to see Thee more clearly I know he hear me when my feet get weary Cause we’re the almost nearly extinct

We rappers are role models we rap we don’t think I ain’t here to argue about his facial features, But here to convert atheists into believers I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers The way Kathie Lee needed Regis that’s the way I need Jesus

So here go my single dog radio needs this They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes But if I talk about God my record won’t get played Huh?

Well let this take away from my spins Which will probably take away from my ends Then I hope this take away from my sins And bring the day that I’m dreaming about Next time I’m in the club everybody screaming out

(Jesus Walks) God show me the way because the devil trying to break me down (Jesus Walks) The only thing that that I pray is that my feet don’t fail me now (Jesus Walks) And I don’t thing there’s nothing I can do now to right my wrongs (Jesus walks with me… fades)

I want to talk to God but I’m afraid because we ain’t spoke in so long…..

But lately all Kanye managed to do is kiss Beyonce and Jay-z’ s ass or clinging on to Kim Kardashian to scream to the world he wants attention. In the latest downfall of Kanye West he released this disturbing video that proved to us who he pledged his career & alliance to.

Before I begin with the disturbing video, here is a gift Kanye West decided to give to his  leader Illuminati partner for life Jay z for Father’s day:

 Illuminati Files: What Is This Gift Yeezy Got The Camel For Father’s Day?

Kanye West Buys Jay-Z Bizarre Gift

Yeezy is just keeping up with these weird a$$ Illuminati trinkets.

For Jay’s first Father’s Day, Kanye bought him this Lions & Sons’ Divora Skull in Yellow Gold with Red Topaz stones. How much is it worth? Well just $34,000.

But beyond that there’s the idea that this has more Illuminati undertones to it. One major aspect of the Illuminati is the use of skulls and crosses. While we’re getting tired of the Illuminati stuff, they’re clearly not tired of playing it all up.



Now here is the tea from on the most disturbing video Kanye released:

 Exclusive Video: Kanye West for Anja Rubik’s 25 Magazine

For the launch of Anja Rubik’s new magazine, 25, photographer and director Barnaby Roper teamed up with Kanye West to make a video dedicated to the issue’s theme of eroticism. Rubik knew West from bumping into him at various fashion events over the years, and they became close friends when he started working on his clothing line (she’s since opened both of his runway shows, and he rapped about her in “Way Too Cold”). “He’s like a machine, not only with music but also with fashion and videos,” Rubik told us earlier this week. “He’s a workaholic, and always talking about all these crazy thoughts and images running through his head.”

When Rubik was putting together the first issue of 25, she and West discussed how she wanted the magazine to approach sex. “It’s funny. We talked about porn looks these days, and he agreed with me that there’s no porn out there that is beautiful aesthetically and integrates fashion to make a beautiful image,” she explained. “We were on the same page about a lot of things.” He agreed to work with Roper in a video that explores some of the sensual imagery from the magazine. “I thought it would be really interesting to make it seem like we were entering Kanye’s head,” Rubik said. “It’s not pornographic, but it’s very sensual.” See the full video here.


Rehabbers—–we really need to pray for Kayne West. I truly believe he is a lost soul who really sold himself for his career. WTF was this?!

Here is this YouTube video to break down that disturbing video. Pay attention to the symbols.


Kanye’s video reminds me of the Ni**as in Paris video!

Here is a breakdown of that video too.

Scary isn’t it?

This can explain why Beyonce looked so possessed at Watch the Throne concert.



Rehabbers—-pay attention to the signs. It is being toss in front of you every day and this is the proof these celebrities have no morals left and will sell you anything to make money and have fame.

Your thoughts?

~Real Fedup