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Lauryn Hill Responds To Critics Of Her Newest Song


(AllHipHop News) Lauryn Hill has had her share of trials this year, as a date with jail looms. But, the rapper/singer now has to contend with criticism over her newest song “Neurotic Society,” which was met with mix reviews. On her blog, she explained the song and her feelings surrounding the meaning of it all.

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Neurotic Society is a song about people not being, or not being able to be, who and what they truly are, due to the current social construct. I am not targeting any particular group of people, but rather targeting everyone in our society who hides behind neurotic behavior, rather than deal with it.

The world we live in now is, in many ways, an abhorrent distortion, an accumulation of generations and generations of response to negative stimuli. Many don’t even have a concept of what normal is, by virtue of having lived afraid, ashamed, as victims of abuse, or inadequately handled for so long. I believe in coming up from under that fear and allowing the psyche/soul to truly heal. I understand that healing is a process, but I also believe that it is our responsibility to seriously care for ourselves, so that we can extend that level of concern for others and positively affect our environment.

I want what is best for Humanity. Humanity, aligned with the Spiritual principles, that help each individual conquer fear, and transcend limited circumstance. I believe in healing and dealing with the traumatizing events of our lives, both in this lifetime, as well as those passed down to us, or inherited, so we can live as fully as possible.

The whole world suffers from a lack of honest dialogue. Character and integrity have suffered at the hands of political correctness and corporate agenda, while our society moves further and further towards unhealthiness and breakdown. I oppose these trends.

Everyone has a right to their own beliefs. Although I do not necessarily agree with what everyone says or does, I do believe in everyone’s right to protest.

The overarching message of my music is to get up and stop compromising! And hopefully it will stimulate and motivate the changes that our society needs.

Artists are constantly under media and public scrutiny. This is not a one-way street. Those of us with the charge of putting out faithful vibrations, have a responsibility to report what we see, and to write about what we know. I have seen some of the best and also some of the worst representations of human behavior. The same way that I exalt that which is high, is the same way I expose that which is abusive, in order to motivate and remind if not all of us, than as many as possible, of the Higher Calling.

  • Whatever, it’s funny how she comes out with this bullshit when she has a record to promote, and when there is nothing to promote she doesn’t give two sh!ts about what’s going on in society…Whatever Ms Hill, no one is looking for role models in Hip-Hop, that ship has already sailed..She can’t even get along with her own Fugees Family…..Just give us some dope music and keep it moving.

    • Live Well

      Huh?

    • DJ 7

      Shut your dumb ass up…you look mad foolish trynna down talk LH but big up’n NM….but I shoulda known that a punk would stick up for drag queen looking b!tches

      • None of this is about Nicki Minaj, you we are speaking about Lauryn Hill.

      • DJ 7

        Just showing your hypocrisy lil buddy that’s all….keep it consistent if you don’t want the negativity shine back on you

    • Fuckyousay

      Sh probably isn’t humbled. She has the second highest selling rap album of all time only behind Outkast. She’s sold more in one album than most people do in the first ten years of their career.I doubt she’ll be able to see this. She’s trying to be too advanced.

  • hoeyuno

    Lyrically and the concept of the song were on point. it was a hip hop track. most of her fans want bars and a chorus with her singing… she’s a brilliant mc, probably the best female to do it.

    • But it is all done for a profit…..How come Ms Hill out of all people haven’t tried to build and add to the craft by building an empire and assisting other young female Mc’s with a positive message…..There is always strenght in numbers and Ms Hill “is the best to ever do it” as you said but help others and be a stronger force that will live on for years to come.

      • hoeyuno

        True. she’s a snob. I don’t think she likes people at all. I mean she made the fugees album and a couple solos and bounced. if it wasn’t for the tax shit she wouldn’t be coming back at all..

      • Agreed.

      • Homegrown Chicks

        I don’t like people either, so I don’t blame her if she doesn’t!

      • hoeyuno

        Neither do I. but I’m not relying on fans to buy my music so I can feed my seeds.

      • DJ 7

        But you do work don’t you? Just b/c her way to earn is thru the craft don’t make yours anymore legitimate. …nigs always trynna tear down the wrong sh*t….not black folk….I’m talking about you nigs….feel a certain way then the shoe fits

      • hoeyuno

        I’m not tearing down her shit. I’d trade my bullshit job for hers any day. my point was she isn’t a people person. if your gonna jump in the conversation at least get caught up.

      • DJ 7

        You’re right. ..was speed reading & misinterpreted your comment…reread it & somewhat agree with u b.u.t. I still stand by my comment as well just not directed @ u

      • Q.

        She’s been back for like 4 or 5 years though. Just not high-profile as some people expect.

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        @ the end of the day yall dont know the demons she deals with i just appreciate that anytime lauryn touches the mic … she touches it in a real way … no matter if that 100 times in 1 year or 1 time over 100 years …. shes makes an impact that is real on the mic …

      • hoeyuno

        Your right. and my original comment was a simple “she’s the best” type shit… me and my son were walking down town the other day and a crackhead musta tried to pawn his cd’s. when they wouldn’t give him anything he ditched them outside.. anyway we went through them and took all the dope ones. I’m pretty sure every Lauren cd is on there including her live one. I know the story was pointless but your right she doesn’t need to keep on recording she could stop now and chill on legend status.

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      • hoeyuno

        Clefs kind of a snake for putting that all out there tho. I mean they were young and we’re in a group touring the world together. I woulda been more surprised if they didn’t sleep together. but why would clef have to put that shit out now. he spend all the Haiti relief money he got out of us. I pledged 5 bucks on my phone…haha

      • lol.

      • Q.

        The hell is you talking ’bout? She’s supposed to sing and rap for FREE? You sound dumb as hell.

        And how you figure she hasn’t “added to the craft by building an empire and assisting other young female Mc’s with a positive message?” Lauryn influenced your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Like Nas said, “name a [female] rapper she ain’t influenced.”

        Ol’ hatin’-for-nothin’ azz n!gga.

      • DJ 7

        It doesn’t know….always flapping its gums on subjects way over its head….look @ its replies & 1 would understand it has 0 clue on what’s really real….

      • And you always seem to reply based on things that I speak about……Make your life easier by not responding to my comments, and respond to the article directly.

      • DJ 7

        Stop whining like a lil…..damn almost forgot who I was responding to…..you always bumpin your gums & everytime you stick your foot in your trap I’m gonna call you out….well not everytime b/c I know how you divas like to keep it going…..deal with it or become a reader instead of commenting. ..simple aint it?

      • Everyone has an “INFLUENCE” but to stop what you are doing to “ASSIST” other young black females who can’t get that opportunity to shine is what I am talking about…Secondly your words are very offensive, you can’t type one sentence without cursing? I guess we know how Hip-Hop “INFLUENCED” you.

      • Q.

        N!gga, please…this ain’t Sunday school. And your asinine commentary is far more offensive than any curse words I could use. Lauryn has inspired millions through one album alone. Musical artists in general can assist people in infinite more ways than just ushering new faces into the industry. But L. doesn’t love the industry to begin with, so why would you expect her to lead another lamb to the slaughter? DUH.

        Your problem is you spend too much time criticizing and not enough time critically thinking. If you take issue with Hip-Hop and are sensitive to curse words, then why the F are you on THIS gotdamn site? Being a hate-blogger is not a good look, son…you need a new hobby!

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  • thehiphopgods

    Honesty is so warm. Thanks Lauryn.

  • She sold us the same bullshit with her first album, then we thought that she was going to change the way females are viewed in Hip-Hop…But instead she took her money, ran with it and now she is back trying to pay off a loan that she took out to pay the IRS….She will make some money and off she will go again.

    • DJ 7

      Damn fag nig you didn’t get it then & u won’t get it later….always speaking on how dudes talk down on female rappers & when one finally speaks truth to power you don’t ride for her….you want us to ride for a fake plastic wannabe but diss a real queen….yeah you’re more f’d up in the head then just wanting to sleep with other grown ass men….btw….check the archives if u think I’m just trynna clown your lame ass…inconsistent ass gay dude

      • You need to learn how to express yourself in a more respectful way.I personally love her music, but his 4 paged letter of an explanation is useless….She has her ride or die fans and new ones who will follow, but somewhere in the middle there are people like me who ask burning questions like why do you care about society now, when so many things happened in this world from terrorist attacks, to school shootings, and natural disasters which I am very sure her fans got effected, and it would have been comforting to know that their highly respected artist like Lauryn Hill cared. But all of a sudden when you release a record, you care so much about world issues and whats going on in society? I respect your thoughts and opinion, but me as a loyal fan and consumer, It is my personal responsibility to ask questions and research as to what my favorite artists are doing with my hard earned money.

        And if you really are watching my activity online as you say, then you would know that I only speak about artists that I have some kind of interest in. Such artists as Gucci Maine, Soulja Boy, Young Jock etc; I don’t even waste my time commenting on, so that should tell you something.

      • DJ 7

        You are 100% correct. …that was a little harsh b.u.t. you got my point

      • DJ 7

        Pretty slick how you went back & added a paragraph to your original post “after I responded to it”…but since I’m on vacation I’m a let it go…for now!!

      • bisolabliss

        we should listen to nicki minaj instead right, donkey?

    • Fuckyousay

      She’s never really been hip hop more Gospel and soul.

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  • maya

    The pot calling the kettle crazy. It’s time to use the mirror as bravely as you use the magnifying glass. Only then shall your genius return.

    • Live Well

      Maybe you should look in the mirror, cuzzo.

      • DJ 7

        Word the f*ck up

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  • YaheardSyndicate

    I dig the message, just make the music good though.

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  • wilson

    Plz give this bish a extra 3 months..

    • Live Well

      You scared, homie.

  • KC The American Pimp

    great dialogue I can dig it even if nobody else does

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  • DJ 7

    Happens all the time B….don’t get discouraged tho…your comments are needed to balance out the bs some of these people post. ..no lie

  • Eli Pinilla

    This thread is funny….I love lauren, but some of yall are blindly believing her and riding for her instead of calling it how it is….I like the message…but the message wouldnt exist if her problems didnt. Shes so passonate about society she waited untill the label “forced”(her words not mine) her to drop the song.

    • True, some people in here think that she made this song for them, when in reality she just needed to work(Sing) and pay off her debt.If she didn’t have a debt to pay then she wouldn’t have anything to give to her fans as far as music is concerned.

    • southside4lyfe

      You say because of her problems. How can you say she has problems when we all have problems. Maybe she didn’t become the star that you wanted her to be but that is not up for you to judge. She left the game for her own personal reasons and whatever she went through it doesn’t matter because she is back now. Just give the music a listen and leave people’s personal lifes out of it. Whatever message you received from the music is for you to take and look at it life how you perceive not based on what an artist has done or not done in their life.

      • Eli Pinilla

        First of all, the song was bad. Good lyrics, bad music…second, she is the one who is talking about society and its ills. Shes starting the convo, not me or anyone else. We all have problems, im just not blaming society for it. And she was already the artist we all wanted her to be. She left on her own will and is back cuz shes forced to be. Due to her own personal desidions as u said. If we are speaking purly music, it wasnt good. If we are speaking in regards to the message and this statement about the song, then read my comment above again..

      • Ravi Singh

        she is discussing society’s problems, not society’s problem with her, though. there’s a difference.

      • Eli Pinilla

        ” I am not targeting any particular group of people, but rather targeting everyone in our society who hides behind neurotic behavior, rather than deal with it.” Ms. Hill

        I would say that the way shes handled her problems with taxes and the excuses shes made as a form of hiding behind neurotic behavior rather than deal with it. The circumstances of what led this song to be made and what the subject is about is why its all relevant. Rza said he hasnt released “the cure” because he feels he has to live that life to drop it cuz he will be judged by his actions when they hear what hes saying. This is how it is when anyone puts out musoc with meaning. So, shes saying all these things but in essance is a prime example of what shes speaking of.she didnt deal with society, she left the spotlight and didnt bother dropping shit, even not paying her taxes until she was forced to due to jail time. The whole world suffers from lack of honest diologe as she says yet she was forced to be aprt of the diologe by the label.

      • bisolabliss

        get off your high horse and go tackle your personal demons, leave the woman alone…rubbish

      • Fuckyousay

        The song wasn’t bad her flow is just off beat she should’ve added 2-3 more syllables in each line to end on beat and keep up a easy flowing fast flow. I actually like the beat.

      • Eli Pinilla

        Thats a lot of stuff to do to the song lol

      • Fuckyousay

        lol…I find hip hop to be the easiest music to do. It just goes 123 clap 123 clap and that’s a bar. It can change speed from fast to slow. The problem with this song is she’s ending on one spot with one bar and then next is so far from it it sounds trash. Two more word would have her landed right on the beat or right after. If it came after she’d sound relaxed, if it came on it would sound slightly pace and if she became before she’d sound like she wants to right now.

      • Eli Pinilla

        It is, I find it harder to rap off beat than on it

      • Fuckyousay

        I swear I have the greatest flow of All time I just suck in lyrics. I can move up or down a beat easily I just have a terrible sense of lyrics lol

      • Fuckyousay

        Children it’s a shake down
        They’re just looking for a sacrifice
        They’ve been doing this since before Bobby Darrin sang Mack the Knife

        Look at those bars now imagine taking away “before” on the second bar. This shit looks horrendous cause I took up music in college lol. Sorry for bothering you dude XD

  • YaheardSyndicate

    anytime you have to put out a press release to explain why nobody liked your song, its not a good look.

    • I agree.

    • Spirit Equality

      You can’t say “nobody” liked her song, because Lauryn still has fans who appreciate any new material she puts out. This wasn’t the Miseducation Lauryn I was hoping for, but she can still rap her ass off. She’s explaining the song’s intent if you actually read what she wrote, not discussing anyone’s personal opinion of the record.

      • YaheardSyndicate

        Man you can lie to yourself, but if Gucci Mane made the same damn song you would think its the wackest thing ever. Without turning the song on right now tell me 4 things you remember her saying? even the mix was bad,

      • greenhouse records

        They lyrics were good. the instrumentals sucked tho.

      • YaheardSyndicate

        also, she makes her fans wait a decade for that song? Maybe its time to step aside, and let Jean Grae have the spotlight.

      • Fuckyousay

        Jean Grae has been her if she can’t capture spotlight who’s fault is that. That dumb ass Niki minaj came after Jean and took it.

      • anon

        Stop it. Will you defend the Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua, the way you defend her? A woman who could care less about you?

      • bisolabliss

        fukk off donkey…you can’t even think for yourself moron

  • MildManneredReporter

    she needs to go back to her miseducation ghostwriters if you ask me

    • Eli Pinilla

      I doubt she ever had ghostwriters. She was prolly one herself….the lyrics was on point, the music itself and how it sounds is the problem

      • anon

        You must not know much about her professional career. She’s been sued
        several times by writers for taking credit for material she didn’t
        create. Lauryn isn’t who you think she is. Most of these “celebs” aren’t.

      • MildManneredReporter

        lmao yeah she was sued for not paying them they wrote 99 percent of her cd.

    • Fuckyousay

      She needs to get pregnant and depressed and then hopeful for that.

  • All the Best 2U Lauryn.Your response to your Critics Is Right On.There is a big Gap in Society for lots of people that donot fit in and need to come out there Shells and live.

  • I’m glad she’s going to jail. If my broke minimum wage as can pay my taxes her ass can

  • Abrasive Angel

    Not everyone got the message in the song but a few of us got the message loud and clear.

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