Ms. Lauryn Hill has had a rough few weeks, that’s brought about some really good and really bad news. After being given only two weeks to come up for tax debts from 2005, 2006, and 2007, Hill signed a lucrative contract with Sony which helped her just barely meet the court-appointed deadline. When it was time for her sentencing, it appeared as if federal courts wouldn’t press any further with the tax evasion cases. Just before the sentencing, Hill released “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” along with the Tumblr statement below:
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. 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!- MLH
In a (not-so-surprising) twist, Hill was sentenced hours after releasing the song to three months in prison, serving one month for each year of taxes missed. “Neurotic Society” is an angry Hill showcase of her grandeur emotional #socialspitting, tackling some of today’s many controversies. As part of the Sony contract, Hill has formed Observe Creation Music and will soon release an EP of five songs, followed by an album later this year. Although she won’t be able to record while in prison, it’s great that new music is finally on the way soon. For someone who shares the same birthday (and nearly the same time) as me, I’m really rooting for her success over the next few months. But for now, there’s new music (and possibly four more songs to come) from one of the best female rappers in the game. Listen and download “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” below.