Lauryn Hill Shares Meaning Behind ‘Neurotic Society’

Lauryn Hill

When she released her new song “Neurotic Society” earlier this month, Lauryn Hill had some listeners dissecting her lyrics while others were left scratching their heads. Now she breaks down the message behind the song. In a letter posted on her Tumblr page, Ms. Hill provides us with the CliffsNotes. She states that the record is not about anyone in particular.

“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,” writes the 37-year-old Fugees frontwoman, who launched her own label, Obverse Creation Music, with Sony.

She hopes her music will encourage change. “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.”

Ms. Hill was sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1.8 million in earnings. She has until July 8 to surrender.

Read her full explanation below.

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.

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23 Comments

  1. Mrunhateable

    *pulls out dictionary* que?

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  2. Nathan

    “She has until July 8 to surrender.”

    I’m SCREAMING.

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  3. Realistically

    Why does Lauryn Hill make me feel dumb as rocks … like, o_O

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    Len1975 Reply:

    @Realistically, LMAO right, she be breaking out with big word after word!!!

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  4. Xtina

    Boooo!!!!!! **throws lemons** Give us some punchlines!

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    Sushi Reply:

    @Xtina, Lol XD hahahaha

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  5. LOLatHaters

    Why would anyone listen to her preaching about anything? She is a trainwreck and have been for a while now.

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    Fa Reply:

    @LOLatHaters, bet you can’t and disn’t read!
    Call Beyonce!

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    Ashgino Reply:

    If any1 needs to be preaching its Beyonce,… Now that is a woman who has maintained relationships with other women and her husband, she family connected, career driven and successful. Lauryn Hill sit your ass down you talk the talk but we don’t know shit about your walk.. You are the one hiding fool!

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    Fa Reply:

    @Ashgino, if that is your understanding of a successful woman..A woman that needs another mans titel , name and contacts to be successful? A woman that preaches “independency” and now talks about “bow down bitches”?
    The classic Beyonce fan is low/uneducated and trashy!
    You are living proof of that…
    and now

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  6. Rowless Rosiee2

    some people gonna boo her but she’s doing her thing

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  7. channel_PINK

    It’s crazy because I was in my English class speaking about this. She hit it right when she said (and I quote) “people not being, or not being able to be, who and what they truly are, due to the current social construct.

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    Rockchilld Reply:

    @channel_PINK, Yess exactly! It’s so hard to express what fake means to me but I see my friends driving benzes and jaguars, sleeping with 5 different women a week and it brings them no real joy or fulfillment. Then there’s the women who brag about their man’s car, job, house rather than his character because money is the only character that our consumer society places any value behind. I’m in no way about being a lazy bum but we really need some balance in our values.

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  8. The Shaded Truth

    Lauryn is full of double standards. What she does and what she raps about seem so different sometimes. I’m just generally glad that someone/she made music that has an explanation. That’s exciting me to. I’m a nerd and I like to learn!

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  9. IDK

    The lyrics to the song are good, but that beat and the production of the single was horrible. It sounded rushed

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    Margie Reply:

    @IDK, Yeah, the production sounded…I don’t know…”neurotic”. Some people are freaking geniuses, I tell ya.

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  10. Sushi

    Omg. It’s so funny cuz most people that would comment on a Nicki or Kim page ain’t here to criticize. Haha, it goes to show that they need better education. Lol

    But whatever, I love Lauryn ever since her debut album. Though, I’m not feeling the single she put out recently; the beat was too, egh!

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  11. Serenity

    No one can judge her but God. Fact of the matter is this. People don’t like these type of lyrics because they force you to open your mind to things that are abstruse. Most people would rather listen to nicki Minaj rap about jumping over rainbows or whatever it is she raps about. I don’t think her intent was to abash anyone but rather warn people of things they should avoid partaking in. Society has become an abattoir for people who dare step out from what everyone else is doing and actually give us something to think about.! That’s really sad

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  12. lanho

    shes talking about the illuminati ! kanye west tupac and kanye west are all gemini’s killuminati new slaves and this song

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  13. davidjohn83

    thank god for lauryn hill.. all these ignorant replys are what lauryn hill is concerned with.. our most natural selves are kind loving beings, but our society and media is producing slutty drama filled soulless unhealthy whores, who wil probbally only live to be about 40.

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  14. d ft jbgy

    This is why people cannot wake up. Lauryn is only revealing the truth instead of knocking it embrace the knowledge. The world is not the way you think it is

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  15. Charlie Stripes

    You honestly don’t have to have a great beat to get your message out there. Ppl are scratching their heads becuz they fail to understand the message. She is a poet at heart and i have been listening to her old music and honestly she always warned us. This is nothing new. She makes nicki look pathetic bcuz nicki isn’t warning us or concerned about society. Every1 wants a good beat with little to no message from the artist. I dnt even listen to the radio anymore bcuz lil wayne and all these rappers ain’t “for the ppl” they are about your $$$. I bet you didn’t even notice they were filthy rich off of your pockets huh? Exactly.

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  16. Sherri

    I have listen to this song many times and I can feel the message she’s trying to get across . She has always been my favorite female artist don’t have to disrespect herself to get her point across.

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