Just days after Lauryn Hill dropped her sultry cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good," the former Fugees singer has unveiled a snippet of another track titled "I've Got Life," a new composition built around Simone's 1968 single "Ain't Got No, I Got Life." "Thought it appropriate to share now," Hill wrote on her social media accounts about "I've Got Life," which arrives three days after the deadly shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church that left nine people dead.
"Watch the words, how they twist them/Two-thirds of the world turned victim/Subtle energy that capture and block chi/The unseen violence behind a democracy/Some call it hypocrisy," Hill raps on the high-powered, politically charged cut, one of six songs she contributed to the upcoming compilation Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone. "Invisible ink in the Constitution, meant to preserve the institution/Uneven distribution of wealth, goods and services." Hill also throws barbs at "Jim Crow, the KKK and American terrorism."
In a statement, Hill talked about working on Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, which accompanies the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? "Because I fed on this music, both hers and lovers like her, like my basic food, I believed I always had a right to have a voice," Hill said. "Her example is clearly a form of sustenance to a generation needing to find theirs. What a gift."
The Liz Garbus-directed What Happened, Miss Simone? premieres on Netflix on June 26th.
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