*Talk about catch me if you can.
DMX is avoiding foreclosure, yet he’s not exactly hiding since he’s going on tour soon.
It’s unknown how, but the bank hasn’t been able to seal the deal on closing the foreclosure on DMX’s Arizona home.
*The lyric video for Lauryn Hill’s “Consumerism” hit the web with a barrage of visceral images that whoosh by with every dizzying word she spits.
Ben Franklin’s face on the $100 bill represents “corporate greed,” prescription pills float across the screen as stand-ins for “paranoia skepticism, schizophrenic mechanisms” and images of war-torn countries scream “self-destruct” during the hook.
This may be just a lyric video, but it’s a pretty elaborate one, directed by Hill and Jon Casey.
The world’s injustices are on display alongside Hill’s angry lyrics, leaving no doubt as to the rapper’s current state of mind, post-prison.
*Lauryn Hill is going straight from the clink to the road – house arrest be damned.
The singer was released from federal prison Friday (Oct. 4) after serving time for tax evasion and was ordered to serve three months of house arrest. But ain’tnobodygottimeforthat.
Hill asked the judge for permission to tour from November 15 to December 31, and surprisingly, was approved – on the condition that she report all of her shows, venues, locations, and hotels to her probation officer.
After December 31, she must return home and serve out the rest of her home detention sentence.
Upon her release from prison, Lauryn dropped the single “Consumerism.”
*On the eve of her release today from the federal correctional institution in Danbury, Conn., Lauryn Hill dropped a new track called “Consumerism.”
In a post on her Tumblr page, the former Fugees singer writes, “‘Consumerism’ is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in.”
Hill ended her three-month stint in prison today (Oct. 4) after being sentenced earlier this year for failing to pay close to $1 million in taxes over the last decade. The 38-year-old Grammy winner is now under parole supervision for a year, with the first three months spent under house arrest.
Hill pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in a federal court in New Jersey last year, admitting she snubbed the IRS of three years’ worth of federal income taxes on more than $1.8 million that she earned between 2005 and 2007.
The mother-of-six was sentenced to jail time in May despite paying off a court-ordered retribution sum of $554,000 that she owed the IRS and additional state taxes and penalties (totaling close to $1 million) prior to her hearing for tax-evasion charges in New Jersey.
*Lauryn Hill is thanking fans for supporting her as she serves a three-month jail sentence for tax evasion.
In a letter that her team posted to her Tumblr page, the singer also opens up about her experience inside of the Danbury, Conn. federal prison, where she lives in an open dormitory-style living quarter.
Her rep wrote on Tumblr: “Ms. Hill has received a lot mail, and would like to let everyone know that she is doing well. She also asked me to pass along this message:
“I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials. Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them. Thank you for the letters of concern and well wishes that I receive in the mail every day. Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated. With Love back, MLH”
Hill also listed the names of dozens of fans who have wrote to her, thanking them “for their words of encouragement and support.”
Her stretch began on July 8 for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.
*Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.
Hill reported to federal prison in Danbury, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. Inmates at the minimum security prison live in open dormitory-style living quarters and are expected to work jobs such as maintenance, food service or landscaping, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hill, who started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multiplatinum 1998 album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” pleaded guilty last year in New Jersey to failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Her sentencing also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought the total earnings to about $2.3 million.
Her attorney had sought probation, arguing that Hill’s charitable works, her family circumstances and the fact she paid back the taxes she owed should merit consideration.
During her sentencing in May in Newark, N.J., Hill described how she failed to pay taxes during a period when she’d dropped out of the music business to protect herself and her six children. She said the treatment she received while she was in the entertainment business led to her decision to leave it.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Moser acknowledged Hill’s creative talent and work on behalf of impoverished children but called Hill’s explanation for her actions “a parade of excuses centering around her feeling put upon” that don’t exempt her from her responsibilities.
After she is released from prison, she will be under parole supervision for a year, the first three months of which will be spent under home confinement.