New Song: Lauryn Hill, ‘Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)’

Listen to Lauryn Hill's "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)"

Lauryn Hill releases her first new single in three years: “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix).”

It’s been a few years since we heard anything new from former Fugees member Lauryn Hill (remember 2010′s “Repercussions”?), but according to a new blog post on her Tumblr, she’s “immediately” required by her new relationship with Sony to release a new single, “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix).”

“Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. 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.”

So, yes, Lauren might still be in a tax bind (she recently paid off about $900,000), and yes, she may have signed on to work with Sony as a way to pay off said taxes, and YES, maybe she’s feeling a little rushed, but at least Lauren can rest easy that her new fire-spitting single is, well, great. Consider those taxes paid! (But good luck at your hearing today, bb.)

Listen to “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” after the jump.

Set to a crashing, cascading line of harp-like notes and uneven drumbeats, “Neurotic Society” could either be the “Doo Wop (That Thing)” singer’s run-of-the-mill laundry list of complaints with society, corruption and whatnot, but really it just sounds like a bottled-up stream of consciousness that’s been unleashed for the first time in years. “We’re living in a joke time, metaphorical coke time/ Commerce and guru men, run the whole world man, old world brutality/ Cold world kills softly, whole world runs savagely/ Reading into prior things, program TV screens/ Quick scam and drag queens, real likely to blast fiends/ Think twice and past dreams, crime if you ask clean/ Quick fast, the poison has entered the blood stream,” spits Lauren.

Yep, clearly Ms. Hill’s got a lot on her mind. And do we blame her? Of course not. But do we believe in her never-ending ability to rise above? Absolutely. As long as Lauryn’s got something to say, we’ll always listen.

+ Listen to Lauryn Hill’s “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix).”

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