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Last Lap: The Incarceration Of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Tax Sentencing

A sentence is announced in Lauryn Hill’s tax evasion case, shots are fired on the set of Jennifer Lopez’s new video, and Avril Lavigne commits herself to everlasting youth. Oh, and is Beyoncé pregnant again?!?

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32 Essential Neo Soul Artists (On 1 Playlist)

The return of Erykah Badu on Janelle Monae‘s new song, “Q.U.E.E.N.“, reminded us of a genre that hasn’t seen much love in the past few years: Neo Soul. In the late ’90s, it seemed like everyone was exploring a world of retro R&B influenced by soul and hip hop but these days, the artists channeling this vibe are far and few between. We rounded up 32 artists that helped define this genre of music. Read more…

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Cheer Up Drake(s): Can A Simple Playlist Cure Your Cuffing Season Woes?

Once again, fall transitions into winter, and once again you’re in the house looking at your ex’s Facebook page. Not that you wouldn’t look at your ex’s Facebook page during other seasons, but it’s cold(er) and you’re more apt to have aimless web browsing nights where you just happen to end up there. Not your fault!

Friendly reminder, all you Drakes out there: being miserable is a choice, and if you want to take steps to cultivate some holiday cheer, you can start right now. In a baptism-by-fire sort of way, let’s begin by getting the remaining sad ickiness out of your system, and go full-throttle into the carefully crafted playlist below, shall we?

Weepy sonic therapy ahead…

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Nas And Lauryn Hill Will Rule The World On Their Joint Tour

Nas & Lauryn Hill Announce Tour Together

Nas bringing out Lauryn Hill at Hot 97′s Summer Jam was just a teaser of what’s to come from the two legendary artists. Today the two announced their upcoming “Life Is Good/Black Rage” tour beginning in October. Ms. Hill and Mr. Jones will kick off the 10 city tour in Dallas, TX on October 29 and end in Oakland, CA on November 19. Per Billboard, the tour’s name is a combination of Nas’ last album and Lauryn’s next single set to debut later this fall. Read more…

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Last Lap: Nicki Minaj’s New Perfume Bottle Rocks A Pink Wig

Nicki Minaj's New Perfume Bottle Has A Creepy Pink Wig

NICKI MINAJ UNVEILS HER “PINK FRIDAY” PERFUME ALL DECKED OUT WITH A PINK WIG
It’s when outer space and the future meet. Nicki’s perfume bottle is certainly unlike any other design on the market with its bustier, ‘Nicki Minaj’ gold chain, pink lips and signature pink wig to match. What can we say? It’s so…Nicki. [SPIN]

LAURYN HILL’S TAX WOES CONTINUE
As if facing three years in prison after being found guilty for not paying back taxes wasn’t enough to make anyone pull out their hair, Ms. Hill apparently owes the state of New Jersey $440,000 in back taxes. Luckily, she has yet to be charged criminally for this particular case. [JUICY]

P!NK IS FIERCE ON THE COVER OF BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
“I felt like I was in this video game and I collected all the gold coins and talismans you could collect — I had to either move to the next level or quit,” P!nk, 32, says on the phone from Santa Monica, Calif.’s Shutters on the Beach resort. “There’s this whole techno takeover going on right now that just does my head in, and I knew I didn’t want to do that. I’d rather dance around and sing goofy songs.” [Billboard]

IN BRANDY‘S “WILDEST DREAMS” SHE NEVER THOUGHT SOMEONE COULD CARE ABOUT HER
Brandy is bringing R&B back. And you will deal. [Necole Bitchie]

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Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty In Tax Evasion Case

According to TMZ, the Lauryn Hill has plead guilty to tax evasion, telling a judge this morning that she intentionally failed to file tax returns in between 2005 and 2007, when she earned more than $1.8 million. She was released on $150,000 bail, but will have to return to court in November for sentencing. According to her attorney, Nathan Hochman, Hill plans on paying back the taxes owed before then. But if it’s decided in November that the gesture is to little or too late, she could see up to three years of jail time.

When news broke, the former Fugees frontwoman attempted to temper the charges with a lengthy missive posted to her Tumblr. “For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground,” she wrote in defense, claiming to have removed herself and her family from society in order to “keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger.” She goes on to explain that she had filed regularly in the years prior and that, although she she stopped when she felt “it was necessary to withdraw from society”, her intention “has always been to get this situation rectified.”

Unfortunately, potential three years jail time (one for each year’s taxes not filed) and upwards of $75,000 in fines sounds not like the rectification she had hoped for. Hill has been edging herself back into the scene, making semi-regular appearances at big events like Hot 97′s Summer Jam and Rock the Bells the year prior. It was starting to seem like we might get her back! But, as compelling as Ms. Hill’s arguments for hiding out may be, Uncle Sam gets the last say on this one.

Lauryn Hill Pleads Guildy in Tax Case Faces YEARS in Prison [TMZ]

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Nas Talks About The Use Of The N-Word On CNN

Nas on CNN Discussing Parenthood

It’s Nasty Nas season, folks. There’s an excitement surrounding his 10th studio album Life Is Good that hasn’t been this prevalent since he dropped “Stillmatic” in 2001. Recently he stopped by CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien where he openly discussed fatherhood and why he made his latest single “Daughters.” In the interview he said being in the music business and having the relationship he does with his daughter’s mother, Carmen Bryant, he didn’t spend the time he needed to with his daughter. “It took me away from being that parent that was there all the time,” he said. Despite the self-reflection in thinking he could’ve done a better job as a father Nas says his daughter thinks he was a great dad. Awwww. Read more…

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Lauryn Hill Was Too Busy Protecting Herself From “Greed, Corruption And Compromise” To Pay Taxes

Lauryn Hill Explains Why She Didn't File Her Taxes

Ms. Lauryn Hill is perfectly sane, maybe misunderstood, but sane nonetheless. Only a coherent person could write the dissertation statement she released on her Tumblr explaining why she didn’t pay her taxes in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Warning: you may need to consult your thesaurus to follow along. Ms. Hill calls out the music industry for its “pop culture cannibalism” and accuses the media of trying to distort her image by painting her as a lunatic. Despite her eloquence, we’re almost certain Uncle Sam cares absolutely nothing about the reason she didn’t pay. They just want to get paid. Read more…