It has been close to 15 years since Lauryn Hill was excited about doing music, but that displeasure with the industry is starting to change. The singer recently spoke with NPR and had this to say:

“There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it,” Hill told NPR News. “In fact, as musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment — and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the [music] industry that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society, or at least some aspect of society. And it’s important that people be given the time that they need to go through, to grow, so that the consciousness level of the general public is properly affected. Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely.”

She went on to say that people really don’t know her singing ability:

“I’m trying to open up my range and really sing more,” she said. “With the Fugees initially, and even with Miseducation, it was very hip-hop — always a singing over beats. I don’t think people have really heard me sing out. So, if I do record again, perhaps it will have an expanded context, where people can hear a bit more.”

She finished the interview by saying this:

“I think it’s just time,” said Hill. “I’m starting to get excited again.”

Looks like Lauryn is back! It’s about dang on time!