BEST NEW TRACKS: LAURYN HILL "BLACK RAGE (SKETCH)"

8/26/14

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or at least that's the reasoning behind the recently excavated "Black Rage (Sketch)", a cool new song from Lauryn Hill. Yes, that Lauryn Hill.

You'll never guess what this song is about. Ok, you can probably guess. But you'll never guess why Ms. Hill decided to release this song now. Oh yeah, you probably know why she did that too

This is a song of unadulterated righteous anger. As a white male it can make for uneasy listening, even if I agree with everything she is saying. If you're the type who doesn't like black folks getting indignant about this country's 400 Year Old (and counting) Legacy of Racism, you may want to skip this one.

If you're still here, strap in and have a listen. 

 

LAURYN HILL "BLACK RAGE (SKETCH)"

Ms. Hill released this statement along with the song on Soundcloud:

An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO. - MLH

In case you didn't catch 'em all on your first listen, here's the lyrics for Lauryn Hill "Black Rage (Sketch)."

I simply remember all these kinds of things 
And then I don’t fear so bad… 

Black rage is founded who fed us self hatred 
Lies and abuse while we waited and waited 
Spiritual treason 
This grid and it's cages 
Black rage was founded on these kinds of things 

Black rage is founded on dreaming and draining 
Threatening your freedom 
To stop your complaining 
Poisoning your water 
While they say it's raining 
Then call you mad 
For complaining, complaining 
Old time bureaucracy 
Drugging the youth 
Black rage is founded on blocking the truth 
Murder and crime 
Compromise and distortion 
Sacrifice, sacrifice 

Who makes this fortune? 
Greed, falsely called progress 
Such human contortion 
Black rage is founded on these kinds of things 

So when the dog bites 
And the ceilings 
And I’m feeling mad 
I simply remember all these kinds of things 
And then I don’t fear so bad 

Free enterprise 
Is it myth or illusion 
Forcing you back into purposed confusion 
Black human trafficking 
Or blood transfusion 
Black rage is founded on these kinds of things 
Victims of violence 
Both psyche and body 
Life out of context IS living ungodly 
Politics, politics 
Greed falsely called wealth 
Black rage is founded on denying of self 
Black human packages 
Tied and subsistence 

Having to justify your very existence 
Try if you must 
But you can’t have my soul 
Black rage is founded on ungodly control 
So when the dog bites 
And the beatings 
And I’m feeling so sad 
I simply remember all these kinds of things 
And then I don’t feel so bad

"Black Rage (Sketch)" is also available for free download on the above widget.

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