Lauryn Hill Releases First Solo Single In 5 Years
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Lauryn Hill has released her first new solo song in five years, “Guarding the Gates.” The single appears on the new Queen & Slim soundtrack, which arrived last Friday.

Her last solo song, “Black Rage,” was released in 2014. She dedicated that track to those in Ferguson, Missouri who protested the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Hill’s new single appears alongside a new track from Megan thee Stallion and VickeeLo, which is a bounce-filled diddy called “Ride or Die.” Be careful ladies: the new single is made to wreak havoc on your knees.

The infectious song features a video shot in New Orleans by director Cam Busby. And both Megan and VickeeLo—along with their girls—deliver real bad bitch energy.

Queen & Slim recently made its world premiere last week at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, which included a star-studded red carpet.

The film tells the story of Queen and Slim, a couple on their first date when a traffic stop leads to the death of a police officer. The film stars ESSENCE cover girl Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya.

You can find the Queen & Slim soundtrack on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.

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