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Lauryn Hill Calls for Peace in Ferguson With ‘Black Rage (Sketch)’

Former Fugee unearths reworking of "My Favorite Things" she recorded in her living room

picture-22380-1373903912By: Dan Reilly // August 21, 2014

As the tensions in Ferguson, Missouri show only modest signs of abating, Lauryn Hill has joined the conversation surrounding the police killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown via a previously unreleased song “Black Rage (Sketch).” Set to the tune of the Sound of Music classic “My Favorite Things,” the track, according to her, was recorded in her living room, and details the political and social subjugation of black people. “When the dog bites / When the beatings / When I’m feeling sad / I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t feel sad,” she sings in the refrain over a double-time rhythm. “An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO,” she wrote by way of explanation, in addition to posting the lyrics on her website. Listen below.