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During a stop on the “Life Is Good” tour with Nas,  Lauryn Hill previewed a new song called “Black Rage.”  It’s unclear whether this is a spoken word piece or if she was giving an a capella sneak peek of a full song, but either way it’s some of the most powerful words we’ve heard from Ms. Hill in some time.

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lyrics:

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

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