I wish I could talk to Lauryn
I mean excuse me, Ms. Hill

from Talib Kweli – Ms. Hill Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Around 2003, a year before Kweli’s mixtape came out (or earlier), Lauyrn Hill began asking everyone to refer to her as “Ms. Hill”… not Lauryn. She felt that she was not getting the respect that she deserved. She explained why in an interview with Essence (at the end of the interview, page 160):

I’m Ms. Hill because I know I’m a wise woman. That is the respect I deserve.

After Lauryn left the music industry, her relationship with (just about) everyone deteriorated, including Pras Michel (member of the of the Fugees with her):

When she said, ‘It’s Ms. Hill,’ I said, ‘Excuse me?’… She also told me she was gonna have people call her Empress.

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