"I have respect for what people do. I also like to hear the eclectics, I like to hear the mixture. There's a lot of different creative energies out there right now. I respect the different sounds that I'm hearing. It's been such a long time since I've gotten my voice and my ideas [out]. In terms of collaborations, that's not even something I've been thinking about per se. I'm happy that people are still making music. That we still have a platform with which to make music. It's gonna be interesting to see what the future holds. We're getting closer. That's all I can say."
-Rap legend Lauryn Hill, explaining the current state of her new album and whether or not there will be any collaborations included on it when it finally comes out. The former Fugee and solo genius behind The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill told MTV News' Shaheem Reid all about her current plans now that she is back on the road (as part of the Rock the Bells tour) and ready to think about music again after an almost decade-long hiatus.
In the time she has been away from the game, she has witnessed an incredible evolution in hip-hop, pop and R&B since she last had a hit. But she is comfortable with the current state of music — as well as the current state of the music business. "It's interesting energy. It's not what it was, it's different. That doesn't necessarily means it's a bad thing — it's a different thing," she said. "Just like any new opportunity, it's ripe for a lot of different things. You got a lot of young talent out there. Because we don't necessarily have the same sort of industry complex that used to exist, people don't always give, I want to say, proper respect to. But they're doing it in a really kind of unusual, unique and hard-core way. Because the system is not necessarily in place like it used to be."