May 5, 2013


Lauryn Hill Forced to Release New Song

C Flanigan
C Flanigan

A new track from hip hop queen Lauryn Hill is always cause for excitement, but the singer herself was not particularly thrilled about the timing on this one. Hill's new track is called "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)" and was released by her label, Obverse Creation, yesterday without the singer's blessing. 

"Neurotic Society" is the first song to come out of the songstresses' reported $1 million deal with Sony Music. Hill confirmed last month that the deal was set-up in part to help her pay back part of her substantial debt owed to the IRS. 

In August of 2012, Hill pleaded guilty in a New Jersey federal court to three counts of tax evasion. Court documents showed that the singer was on the hook for more than $440,000 in back taxes to the state of New Jersey and $1.8 million in federal taxes. 

The judge overseeing the case postponed sentencing and gave the singer until May 6 (tomorrow) to pay back the outstanding balance on the money she owes. According to NME, that amount is currently $504,000.

Hill took to her Tumblr to explain the rush release: 

"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."