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.Lauryn Hill Releases New Single 'Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)'
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