Lauryn Hill Responds to Ferguson by Releasing Recording of 'Black Rage'

Kevin O'Keeffe

Inspired by the events in Ferguson, MO, Lauryn Hill shared a version of her unreleased song "Black Rage" on Twitter last night. A reworking of The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things," the track twists the familiar melody with lyrics that cut deep.

"Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person / Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens," Hill sings on the record. "Black human packages tied up in strings / Black rage can come from all these kinds of things."

In her tweet, Hill described the recording as "an old sketch," while wishing peace to Missouri. She's performed the track several times live over the years, but this is her first released recording of the song.

To contrast with the sketch, watch a live performance of "Black Rage" – a much faster version – below.

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