As the unrest in Ferguson continues (though it was a more peaceful evening last night according to reports), Lauryn Hill has decided to speak on the situation in a way she does best–through song.
Through Soundcloud, Hill released an unreleased track that she recorded a long time ago, in her living room, called “Black Rage.” She has performed it at shows in the past, but didn’t put it out for the public, as it’s something of a demo, or “sketch” as she puts it. Seeing the anguish caused by the killing of Michael Brown, she thought it would be fitting to finally share the song. This is what she had to say on Twitter about it:
“An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO. – MLH”
I know you’re probably thinking that with Hill’s unpredictable output, criticized performances, changing voice and the reception to “Neurotic Society” after she was released from jail, this song might be all over the place. It’s not at all. Putting her own twist on “My Favorite Things,” Hill gives a detailed background on why things like the protests in Ferguson are happening, and why folks are so fed up. Police brutality, a poor economy, imprisonment and more, as Hill puts it, “black rage is founded on wounds in the soul.”
I didn’t know what to expect from the song when I hit play, but I’m glad I did. This is the type of music and message we need right now. Social commentary at its finest…and it’s uptempo (well, sort of)!
Take a look at the lyrics and check out the song for yourself below.