Watch Robert Glasper Explain Why He Spoke Out Against "Disrespectful" Lauryn Hill With Talib Kweli
Glasper revisits the comments he made against Lauryn Hill on Talib Kweli's People's Party podcast.
Last year, Robert Glasper found himself in headlines after speaking out againstMs. Lauryn Hill and how she treats her musician, as well as accusing her of not properly crediting artists who helped her create her seminal album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Even after Hill responded to his comments in a lengthy Medium post, Glasper said he didn't regret speaking out against her. Now, during a recent appearance on Talib Kweli's People's Party podcast, the pianist explained why he felt it was necessary to call out Hill.
First, he clarifies that the initial comments (made during an appearance on The Madd Hatta Morning Show on 97.9 The Box) made against Hill weren't because the hosts directly asked about her. They had asked Glasper what his worst musical experience was, which led to him specifically mentioning Hill.
"Once you start disrespecting people and their families — like you're not paying them and you can't look them in the eye and all these things, I can't respect you after that. And you do it for 20 years," Glasper said on the podcast.
"All musicians don't have the platform I have to be on a major radio station talking — and I didn't plan it, I've never talked about it, ever," he added.
"On a human level, if you're being disrespectful to the point where you just think you're a better human and somebody could not look you in your eye and you don't have to pay people, that's a different thing," he said elsewhere during the conversation. "As a human being, you're being disrespectful and that's what I can't tolerate. I can't tolerate you thinking how I can't look you in the eye, I can't tolerate you thinking instead of getting paid you should be happy with just being with me because of who I am."
After that, Glasper proceeds to acknowledge Hill's talents as an artist, calling her "one of the greatest rappers" and a "dope singer."
"I'm not disrespecting the talent. I'm trying not to disrespect her at all. These are just facts," he said.
Elsewhere in the pair's lengthy conversation, Glasper discussed how J Dilla would get DJs to play jam sessions the two recorded together at strip clubs, his favorite jazz samples in rap songs and more.