Lauryn Hill Debuts ‘Black Rage’ in Dallas

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill kicked off her “Life Is Good/Black Rage” joint tour with Nas last night in Dallas. The former Fugees frontwoman performed her classics and debuted the tour’s namesake, “Black Rage,” reciting the lyrics. The powerful record deals with the derivative effects of racial inequity and abuse.

“Obviously this is a song about confrontation,” explained Ms. Hill, who is facing three years behind bars after pleading guilty to tax evasion. “Black rage is founded on drainin’ and drainin’/ Threatenin’ of freedom to stop your complainin’/ Pausin’ your water while they say it’s rainin’/ Then call you mad for complainin’, complainin’.”

The rebellious singer continued with the spoken-word diatribe. “Try if you must, but you can’t have my soul,” she laughed. “Black rage is founded on ungodly control/ So when the dog fight and when the beat ends, and when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad.”

Listen to Lauryn’s thought-provoking lyrics.

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54 Comments

  1. MinajRules2013too

    Girl BYE!!! This is a HOT MESS, just like her life at this point. If you had a good attorney he’d tell you to keep your mouth shut, since you have to be sentenced next month, you’re going to PRISON!!! And what a shame, you wont be around to raise those 10 kids you have, with different men. Lauryn that song was a hot mess too. Has Been after one solo album, what a shame!

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    yep! Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, you nicki fans need to sit when legends are spitting!…you teeny boppers dont know real music…

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @yep!, She do have a point tho. Why are you speaking on the government when you’re about to go to jail for 3 years. If she was doing something good she wouldn’t be going to jail she’ll be raising her 6-10 kids. And yes it’s true those kids have different fathers. So when people say “you nicki fans need to sit when legends are spitting” make sure it’s valid. Cause I’m pretty sure If a legendary rapper is on crack (DMX) and If another went to jail for shooting people (Remy) and another go to jail for being in other people business (Kim) I will not be telling my kids to sit down and listen to these folks.

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    MinajRules2013too Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, Thank you for backing me. I’m glad somebody else can see this foolishness for what it’s worth. Lauryn is a favorable MESS!

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    Rasan8250 Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, She just is just showing you, that even though your back is against the wall you should still speak you truth. It’s lesson many of today have forgotten. For the record though Lauryn’s first album has sold over 30 mill. not counting what unplugged sold and what she sold while a member of the Fugees. Hell she broke Whitney Houston’s record for most albums sold in first week sales. The only other person to bet this record was Ashanti! Most people can’t accomplish this with a catalog 10 Deep. So in my Whitney Voice “watch what the fuck you say”!

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    Oprah Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, Lauryn going to jail, since when? Inform yourself.

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    iBzThuggin' Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, Its always the uneducated people who speak and comment first smh…
    Lauryn Hill doesn’t kids from different Men, please research…. If this song comes out and makes a big damage in the Music industry I would like to see your face

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    Rasan8250 Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, Do know any of these people that you speak of? Just asking cause unless you talk to them yourself you don’t know what their situation is. For instance Remy was trying to get her property back that was stolen. And why would you tell to listen to any entertainer. You should be the influence and let them do their job entertain.

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    #teaminaj Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, shut the hell up you make teammianj look bad

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    THEDON Reply:

    @#teaminaj, How many grammys does Nicki have?

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    #teaminaj Reply:

    @THEDON, none and is the post about nicki minaj answer that

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    #teaminaj Reply:

    @THEDON, Exactly!

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    Roman Empire Reply:

    @#teaminaj, sit you ass down hoe, you look foolish. Lairyn is washed and needs Jesus. Agreed. I endorse minajrules and allamerykhanboy

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    #teamminaj Reply:

    @Roman Empire, bitch you shut the fuck i can say what the hell i want to say!

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, OH SHUT THE FUCK UP. LAURYN HILL IS NOT PERFECT, & IM SURE AS HELL SURE YOU AINT EITHER, AN NEITHER IS THAT TALENTLESS WORTHLESS WHORE YOU STAN FOR. YOU DEFEND NICKI BUT SHIT ON LAURYN? REALLY, YOUR PERCEPTION OF LIFE MUST BE ALL SCREWED UP!

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    ahahahahahahahaha Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, yall fussing with the same person that talk shit on nicki minaj post hes not a real fan he just act like one when it comes to fem rappers… yall look stupid fussing with him cause he talk shit about all fem rappers including nicki

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    QueenOfRapKim Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, Girl Sit Lauryn Have Six Grammys Your Fav Could Never

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    Roman Emperor Reply:

    @QueenOfRapKim, lmmfao! Change your name! lolol

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    Gyo80 Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, They hail you then nail you.

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    Roman Emperor Reply:

    @Gyo80, Broke bitch problems.

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  2. Oprah

    Look at these Nicki stans becoming nervous because the queen of Hip Hop is about to take her throne. Until Nicki sells 20 million on an album (The Score), 14 million ( The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), her wanna be white ass will still be releasing 8 singles an album trying to reach that platinum status. Go listen to Nicki taking about sucking dick, and busting nuts because this song is not for you.

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    UaintnoOprah Reply:

    @Oprah, Hoe sit your stank ass down, no one sells like that these days. Times have changed whore so album sell so the 90′s when illegally downloading wasnt as big, compaared to now when it is, is uncomparable.

    Frass Hoe

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  3. Oprah

    Look at these Nicki stans becoming nervous because the queen of Hip Hop is about to take her throne. Until Nicki sells 20 million on an album (The Score), 14 million ( The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), her wanna be white ass will still be releasing 8 singles an album trying to reach that platinum status. Go listen to Nicki taking about sucking d*ck, and busting nuts because this song is not for you.

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    MinajRules2013too Reply:

    @Oprah, GIRLLLLLLL Queen of Hip Hop?? Lauryn? What has this bitch done for the game? One R&B album, and you crown her the Queen? Nicki runs this boo, HISTORY is being made by Queen Minaj as we speak. I could even see Kim & Missy fans gracing them Queens, but LAURYN??? Girl bye!

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    Oprah Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, Sorry fag but we are not here for the wanna be white girls, or the girls trying to appeal to the fags. Nicki has yet to have an album go double platinum, and she not even platinum on her current. So kill your self. over 40 million albums sold by the time she was 25 nicki is going on 30 and only sold less than 2.5 total. Kill yourself dummy. And how many Grammys does this horse teeth bitch have again?

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @Oprah, LMAO AT HORSE TEETH

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    MinajRules2013too Reply:

    @Oprah, And if anything, Lauryn needs to be kissing Nicki’s A** maybe the QUeen Minaj can loan her some of her Millions, to pay those taxes!

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Oprah, No thank’s I’d rather go listen to Nicki Minaj’s Fly, Save Me, Champion, Marilyn Monroe, Young Forever, Freedom (Although it isn’t released yet but the industry is already talking about it), Here I Am, Fire Burns, Dear Old Nicki, Still I Rise and Masquerade while I read mindset: The New Psychology of SUCCESS and learn about How we can learn to Fulfill Our Potential.

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  4. WhoCares

    I’m confused. Lauryn left the industry in order to KEEP her sanity, but she still ended up losing it. She would have been better off making some more albums … SMH. Now she going to the jailhouse.

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    MinajRules2013too Reply:

    @WhoCares, This broad been lost her minds immediately after Miseducation. 10 kids later, crazier.

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, YOU MUST BE REALLY PRESSED. YOU MUST NOT BE TOO CONFIDENT IN MS MINAJ, OR WOULDN’T BE GOING ON THESE WILD RANTS WHEN AZEALIA BANKS, LIL KIM OR LAURYN HILL NAME IS BROUGHT UP.

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  5. Seddi Said

    I have seen Lauryn peform of more than a decade and she gave a STELLAR performance!. She is akin to a modern day Nina Simone. Prolific. Against the grain.

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  6. THEDON

    Lauryn Hill is the realest female hip hop rapper.. F*ck nicki minaj

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    #teaminaj Reply:

    @THEDON, is this post about nicki minaj no!

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  7. THEDON

    Could someone tell me how many grammys does that white girl called nicki minaj have!?

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  8. mr fav analyst

    you dont have to hate any of these rappers 2 prove loyalty to 1. ilove both of them coz they all rap diff. nicki z th queen now, ms hill was queen then, nuin wrong for her to come back, coz frankly sh needs th money for th fuckin tours…

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  9. MmmHmm

    SHE HAS THE MONEY, I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY SHE DOESNT JUST PAY THOSE BACK TAXES SHE OWES THE GOVERNMENT?! O_O

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    Oprah Reply:

    @MmmHmm, She did pay her taxes back. The judge offered her the ability to do so. In this sort of case this does not usually happen. This is why she is not going to jail. She will most likely be placed on probation.

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  10. janee

    these types of lyrics and messages have ALWAYS been Lauryn Hill. She has ALWAYS been a conscious hip hop artist. u act like this is sum new shit. why do u hate this message that she is speaking??? open your mind up man. open your eyes. we need music like this. dont get me wrong. i love to play music that i cant dance and vibe to wih no substance in it at all LOL but we need some more substance in music right now. yea she’s gon thru sum stuff personally, but when comes to her talent and the way she thinks and puts words to paper? She is the truth. the gem of hip hop as Chuck D once called her

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  11. Chicago

    YOU NICKI FANS R ALWAYS SOOOO PRESSED!!! LOL

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  12. boom boom

    lmao @ MinajRules2013too

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  13. Morgan

    Sorry, I’m still dying over Lauryn letting Marley and Wyclef skeet … all the while singing to us about guarding “that thing.”

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    C. DeMille Reply:

    @Morgan, so three men in twenty years makes you a hoe? lets see your track record? Hmmm?

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  14. @TrickSwerve

    Idk if anyone notice this, but this Minaj hoe comments on everything mentioning nicki at least once no matter what it is, it’s obviously some troll and you people buy into it every time lol. By the way, you’re the worse Minaj fan ever because even Nicki knows Lauryn is above her and she’s stated it herself countless time, before you claim a “team” and troll on hip hop sites, do some research kid.

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    ahahahahahahahaha Reply:

    @@TrickSwerve, thats cause its not a fan cause this person talk shit about nicki but this also show how quick they are to jump on the nicki subject cause this post is about lauryn and now its full of nicki comments lol

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  15. amina

    yes just yes

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  16. brainfood.com

    I really wonder about some of ya’ll. Always tellin’ someone to sit down. You don’t even realize that YOU internalize that same message within yourself…the same things for YOUR dreams…otherwise why would you tell someone else to do that?

    I know you gone be mad. Truth throws a monkey wrench in every destructive way of thinkin.

    Life is what you make it…and if you sittin’ down all the time makin’ comments about how other’s live they lives, I guess it makes plenty sense to want other’s to join you.

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  17. Arie

    No wonder mother nature is so upset, you have people putting Lauryn Hill’s name next to Nicki Minaj.The only thing these ladies have in common is the genre in which their music is classified in. Lauryn will forever be the greatest female lyricist and Nicki will forever be that girl that stole Lil Kim’s image. Lauryn has given you a free lesson and you are too stupid or ignorant to realise it.

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  18. Mkhululi

    @ Arie…agreed. How would you expect Nicky’s fans to understand Ms. Hills music? That’s like throwing gassoline on a pretensious fire…lol

    Ms. Hill is all about impowering the youth, promoting self-respect and question the authority….she is the thruth.

    On the other hand, how can one compare Ms. Hill with someone who sings stuff like “you are a stupid hoe”…..really???

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  19. TheEye

    this song speaks in volumes…especially considering these comments on here. Maybe if you read the lyrics you will OVERSTAND what she’s saying

    “Black Rage”
    Lauryn Hill

    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 its 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 its 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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  20. Gyo80

    Teach.

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  21. nicko

    WACK as FUCK

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  22. janee

    here’s the live audio of her actually singing the song for you guys! :) DOPE

    http:// soundcloud.com/far74/ms-lauryn-hill-black-rage-live

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  23. Bibihendricks

    She is a genius.

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