Hip-hop icon Lauryn Hill has used her music to speak out about the many social injustices targeting the Black community throughout her career and she’s adding to the conversation yet again with the re-release of a powerful 2002 original.
Fans first heard Ms. Hill’s “I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)” on her MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 album, which was recorded in 2001 and released in 2002.
The Grammy Award-winning lyricist brought the song back to the forefront this past weekend during her performance at the TIDAL x 1015 benefit concert in NYC and now she’s released the slightly-revised version for fans to stream.
The song’s powerful message provides an introspective lyrical glimpse into feelings of the Black community amid constant instances of social injustice against African-Americans.
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“I find it hard to say, that everything is alright. Don’t look at me that way, like everything is alright,” she sings. “Cuz my own eyes can see, through all your false pretenses. But what you fail to see, is all the consequences. You think our lives are cheap, and easy to be wasted. As history repeats, so foul you can taste it. And while the people sleep, too comfortable to face it.”
You can get reacquainted with the original version of “I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)” below and click here to stream the new version.