Lauryn Hill Releases New Music ‘Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)’

 It’s been nearly three years since Lauryn Hill last released a single, and  she evidently has a lot on her mind: the singer and rapper goes speeding through  a torrent of words on “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix),” a new song she  released Friday.

 

“Here is a link to  a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending  legal deadline,” Hill wrote in a post on Tumblr. “I love being able to reach people directly, but in  an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music . . . but  the message is still there.”

Hill has been given  until the end of this coming week to pay restitution after pleading  guilty last year  to evading taxes on $1.8 million in income between 2005 and 2007. The former Fugees singer had  only paid about $50,000 of a $554,000 tax bill when a federal judge last week  gave her two  additional weeks to pay the rest before she’s sentenced in the case.

She later announced  that she has teamed with Sony to launch a label to release new music, apparently  including “Neurotic Society.” The song features flowing cascades of a harp-like  sound over a deep, pumping rhythm as Hill delivers a fast-paced string of  observations on the state of popular culture. “It’s like post-war, they’re  looking for the communists or who the Marxists is / 10,000 pictures on Facebook,  it’s like the pot calling the kettle narcissist / Come on, really, saying the  devil but you’re the chief arsonist? / Hypocrites can’t even see their own part  in this,” she rhymes.

She offers a hint of context in the note accompanying the video post, in  which she refers to Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly, who died  last week: “In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris  Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not  understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain  unchecked!”

Hill made the song  available Friday for purchase on iTunes.

Via Rolling Stone

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