Lauryn Hill has released “Rebel”, a new version of her 2002 anti-police brutality anthem “I Find It Hard to Say (Rebel)”.
The former Fugees singer dropped the track following her performance at TIDAL X: 1015 in New York on Saturday (October 15). “Old tune, new version, same context, even more relevant now,” she tweeted, “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
The original version of the song appeared on MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 and was inspired by the death of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed west African immigrant murdered by police in 1999.
Hill has also announced that she’ll be performing at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre for TIDAL X: THE MLH CARAVAN, A Diaspora Calling! concert that will be livestreaming on TIDAL. The show takes place on Thursday October 20 at 9pm PT (4am in the UK).
Hill’s performance at TIDAL X: 1015 saw her share a bill with Beyoncé, Blood Orange, Nicki Minaj and more. It was notably the first time that Minaj and Hill had met – to which Minaj promptly bowed down and declared her love for Hill’s music. “Excuse me while I have an outer body experience,” she wrote on Instagram, “Shaking, crying, a MESS!!!! this lady is the reason. Omg. The QUEEN. Goddess! The epitome! The bar! The *faints*. Ms Lauryn Hill told me to keep ‘spittin dat fire’. Is this real life!????”