On cutting band members’ pay:
“Don’t have the details or recollection of cutting the band’s pay in half. If fees had been negotiated and confirmed without my knowledge, I may have asked for them to be adjusted. But I would never just cut a musician’s pay arbitrarily unless I had a legitimate reason. There are artists who do cut pay though, James Brown was notorious for docking musicians if they did something he didn’t like, I’m sure there are others.”
You can’t play with people’s money. If something was agreed upon from the start and then drastically changes, you can’t be mad at musicians for getting upset. Sure Jame Brown and others might’ve done it, but that doesn’t mean we have to normalize it as being an okay thing.
Take It Or Leave It? Ms. Lauryn Hill’s Address To Robert Glasper Decoded was originally published on globalgrind.com