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07/09/2013 12:47 pm ET

5 Pieces Of Advice Lauryn Hill Should Have Taken From Her Own Music

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On Monday, R&B singer Lauryn Hill began a three-month sentence at a Danbury, Conn., federal jail. The Grammy winner pled guilty to failing to pay taxes on over $1 million of earnings dating back to 2005. That must be ... that thing.

The minimum security prison assigns inmates maintenance, food service or landscaping jobs.

Following this stint, Hill will serve a year of parole with the first three months spent under house arrest.

The soulful songstress's menial period could've been avoided had she heeded her music's words. Here are five pieces of lyrical wisdom Lauryn Hill should have sought before stiffing Uncle Sam.

1. "Nothing can be done against the truth, no matter how we remain in denial." -- preach-worthy words from the single "Selah."

2. You can't run from your mistakes. It's best to own 'em. "I know now I have to face the temptations of my past. Please don't let me disgrace, where my devotion lays" ("I Gotta Find Peace of Mind").

3. The entire "Repercussions." Self explanatory.

4. "Now you're all floss, what a sight to behold. Wisdom is better than silver and gold." It's all about mind over money in "Lost Ones." You should know better, girl.

5. No one's above the law. Not even the "Superstar" herself -- "I know you think that you've got it all and by making other people feel small makes you think you're unable to fall." Pay up!

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