In 2002, Lauryn Hill released her now lauded acoustic record, MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. Contained on that album was the quietly powerful track, “I Find It Hard to Say (Rebel),” which the controversial singer/songwriter wrote in response to the 1999 NYPD killing of Guinean immigrant, Amadou Diallo.
Old tune, new Version, same context, even more relevant now: sick and tired of being sick and tired. -MLHhttps://t.co/bogURV0cpl
— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) October 16, 2016
Fasttrack fourteen years to the police brutality and political unrest of today and unfortunately the song is as relevant as ever. The sad state of our current times has prompted Ms. Hill to release a new version of the track, “Rebel/I Find It Hard To Say (Version),” which she announced on Twitter following her performance at yesterday’s concert, TIDAL X: 1015. The giant charity concert also featured performances from Beyoncé, Blood Orange, Nicky Minaj, Alicia Keys, and Lil Yachty.
Check out the clip below to listen to a sample of “Rebel/I Find It Hard To Say (Version).