Lauryn Hill Drops ‘Neurotic Society,’ Inspired By Chris Kelly’s Death

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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The wait is finally over. Lauryn Hill released a new song, “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” via her Tumblr on Saturday (May 4). The track finds the outspoken artist rapping about her dislike for our “toxic society.” She shared that the untimely death of Chris Kelly from Kriss Kross and her own legal issues fueled the release of the track.

“Hello All: 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!” Lauryn shared on her blog.

“Lauryn Hill is dropped straight science on her new record. Idk what that beat is though… I hope that’s not the official version,” one fan tweeted in reference to the song’s spacey beat. Another one shared, “Lauryn Hill spit amazing bars on neurotic society” and “Man it’s been too long!” Lauryn’s first and only solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was released 15 years ago.

Recently, the former Fugees frontwoman confirmed that she had a new record deal with Sony and opened up about her legal issues, including owing nearly $1 million in back taxes. In a post on her blog, Hill wrote, “It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs.”