October 19, 2016

Lauryn Hill Releases New Song On Police Brutality

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Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

Say What? Lauryn Hill just dropped new music?

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It's not often these days that you wake up to hear new music from Lauryn Hill, but this week is a rare exception. A few days ago, Lauryn Hill announced the release of a new track. The song, Rebel/Find It Hard To Say is an updated version of her 2002 release from her MTV Unplugged 2.0 album. And although the song was originally released 14-years ago, the new version still has much relevance today, if not more. Hill reworks the original version adding new music.

According to OkayAfrica, Rebel/Find It Hard To Say is about Amadou Diallo, a 23-year old Liberian-born college student who was shot and killed by four NYPD officers in the Bronx on February 4, 1999. Read some of the lyrics below:

I find it hard to say, that everything is alright
Don't look at me that way, like everything is alright
Cuz my own eyes can see, through all your false pretenses
But what you fail to see, is all the consequences
You think our lives are cheap, and easy to be wasted
As history repeats, so foul you can taste it
And while the people sleep, too comfortable to face it
His life so incomplete, and nothing can replace it.

Listen to the track below exclusively on Tidal.

What are your thoughts on the new track?

Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

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