Ms. Lauryn Hill's New Track "Neurotic Society"
It sounds exactly as the title might suggest.
Lyrically, Lauryn Hill never falters. It's almost as if she can't. Having that many nouns and verbs embedded in one's brain, it would almost seem impossible for Hill to ever not rhyme properly. The track boasts L-Boogie's continuous conspiracy theories, coupled with gentle finger wag at a hypocritical society. She even adds a joke in the track about someone having 10,000 photos on Facebook is like "the pot calling the kettle narcissist."
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Lauryn's work is like reading a book with no pictures. Sometimes not having pictures forces the reader to focus on the content. Her song speaks to the will of the listener to move beyond commercial and standard organization of songs-the superficial aesthetics- that often dumb true art down. The hook is tight but you "ain't sayin' nothing." Well, for me, as a scholar/activist...She has woven a lyrical barrage that speaks to the condition that we are in as a people. And those who don't get it, are those that the industry preys upon. "The consumer is dumb." Confining art to a box of format creates an energy for those who are satisfied by a repetitive catch phrase or a consistent beat with verses that make no sense- attributes of commercial entertainment that take us away from the message or force us not to incorporate one. This song, although forced, and therefore delivered in a way that completely defies the commitment and passion of an artist, is a gift- much needed in this time of political and economic crisis, especially for people of color. Society is neurotic, the government is neurotic, we are neurotic...GO Lauryn....I hear you....
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