The Fugees singer, Lauryn Hill has dedicated her song Black Rage to the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri.
Lauryn Hill is best known for her album titled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The song on that album which broke all previous records was “Too Good to be True” and it was a very beautiful number.
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But now Lauryn has released Black Rage, a song about the injustices perpetrated against black folks by the dominant white ideology-makers.
She has especially nominated the song as a reminder of the struggles of the Black Americans of Ferguson, Missouri as they take on a power and force that is very powerful and oppressive to boot.
The DWMs (Dead White Males) that govern all of western civilization and the WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) racist superstructure that is currently on top is criticized by Lauryn.
Lauryn’s effort is commendable and she sings quietly on a guitar with the echoes of children in the background. The lyrics of the song are absolutely beautiful.
They go into the specifics of what exactly inspires black rage among the dominant minority. The song already has many versions and this one is a soft rendition of the original which was more fast-paced.
The musical ditty is all about revolution and facing the enemy. The pain inflicted by, pressure exerted by and poison administered by a system that is rigged against those who are down and out is expressed in the most evocative and eloquent forms of poetic diction.
"I use the performance platform as an opportunity to express the energy of that moment, and the intention behind it," she said of the song at the time.
"I've been a long-standing rebel against the stale, over-commoditization. As artists, we have an opportunity to help the public evolve, raise consciousness and awareness, teach, heal, enlighten and inspire in ways the democratic process may not be able to touch. So we keep it moving."
Lauryn did say this much that as an artist she had a duty to raise greater awareness about the issues that plague society. While sex and money had been made within the reach of almost everybody, love and justice were qualities that had not been attained by the populace.
Thus in order to allow the people to evolve even further along the route to an all-out revolution, she had sung this tune which was inspirational and intelligible in its entirety. It told the masses to get in touch with their inner rebel and awaken the giant within.