Singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill premiered her new single, “Neurotic Society,” on Pitchfork, Saturday. The bustling tune features Hill delivering some deep social commentary on the current state of affairs. It serves as the first single from her upcoming batch of material with Sony music.
Hill faced prison time for tax evasion that she allegedly avoided by signing a $1 million dollar contract with Sony Music, Billboard reported. The deal is said to require that the singer record five new songs, which should lead up to a new album afterword. “Neurotic Society” (Compulsory Mix) is the first song to emerge from this new session. While she is happy to see her message out there, Hill wrote on Tumblr that she is not digging the strict deadlines imposed on her to release this music.
Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!,” Hill wrote on her official website.
Any upcoming album from Hill would follow 2002's MTV Unplugged No. 2.0.