Ms Hill has recently been charged with tax evasion, given an opportunity by the judge to pay up but evaded that opportunity as well. She is facing jail time and eviction from her rented home in East Orange, NJ.
Since her mega-hit album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998, Lauryn has released only an MTV unplugged concert album in 2002. What's up with that? Despite announcing a slew of planned music and film projects, not one has ever come to fruition. Something ain't right.
Finally, Miss Education has been putting together a new album. But then the ugly "Neurotic Society" track emerged and the reportage on Queerty, online, went viral in a nanosecond.
"Hill took to this week to defend some offensive anti-gay lyrics in her newest track, “Neurotic Society“. In it, the singer lists reasons why she believes society is crumbling around her, comparing “social transvestism,” “drag queens,” and “girl men” to “pimps”, “pushers,” and “serial criminals.”
“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,” Hill writes. Sounds good so far, right?
“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.”
It’s strange that, without the rampant homophobia, this song could have actually been empowering and used to promote a different message entirely.
“Everyone has a right to their own beliefs,” she continues. “Although I do not necessarily agree with what everyone says or does, I do believe in everyone’s right to protest.”
Right. You have fun protesting from a jail cell, honey!
Interesting that pop-music has-beens like Hill and Michelle Shocked think they can revitalize their careers through negativity and hate. Buddy Beaverhausen thinks it's time for Lauryn's Reeducation. Perhaps from behind bars.