Lauryn Hill: Umoja ni nguvu, utengano ni udhaifu

I Love You Lauryn

Lauryn Hill

I wonder what happened to the Lauryn Hill we all loved and knew
Like what about the process took her to the point of barely getting through
We silently shake our heads in shame while our talented artists simply drift away
Where the present day representation is nothing of the woman that used to be
Maybe we just had nothing in return for our expectations
Expecting others to motivate us while being their own inspiration
We pray to the same God but rarely take time to pray for one another
Where do they do that at?
Right here…

I’m praying for you Lauryn!

Take a look at this woman’s work. She is brilliant.

“Mystery Of Iniquity”
Lauryn Hill

[sing songy Chorus intro]
It’s the mystery of Inequity…
Said it’s the misery of Inequity…
Said it’s the history of Inequity…
When it all…
All falls down…
Telling you all…
It all falls down

Eat your bread
Little children…
Eat your bread
Cuz it all…
All falls down…
Telling you all…
It all falls down

[First and only verse]
Ya’ll can’t handle the truth in a courtroom of lies
Perjures the jurors
Witness despised
Crooked lawyers
False Indictments publicized
Its entertainment…the arraignments
The subpoenas
High profile gladiators in bloodthirsty arenas
Enter the Dragon
Black-robe crooked-balance
Souls bought and sold and paroled for thirty talents
Court reporter catch the surface on the paper
File it in the system not acknowledged by the Maker
Swearing by the bible blatantly blasphemous
Publicly perpetrating that “In God We Trust”
Cross-examined by a master manipulator
The faster intimidator
Receiving the judge’s favor
Deceiving sabers doing injury to they neighbors
For status, gratis, apparatus and legal waivers
See the bailiff
Representing security
Holding the word of God soliciting perjury
The prosecution
Political prostitution
The more money you pay.. the further away solution
Legal actors
Babylon’s benefactors
Masquerading as the agency for the clients
Hypocritical giants
Morally non-compliant
Orally armed to do bodily harm
Polluted, recruited and suited judicial charm
And the defense isn’t making any sense
Faking the confidence of escaping the consequence
That a defendant is depending on the system
Totally void of judgment purposely made to twist em’
Emotional victim blackmailed by the henchmen
Framed by intentions
Inventions whereby they lynch men
Enter the false witness slandering the accused
Planting the seed openly showing he’s being used
To discredit, edit, headed for the alleged
Smearing the individual fearing the unsuspected
Expert witness (the paid authority)
Made a priority to deceive the majority
Of disinterested peers
Dodging duty for years
Hating the process
waiting to be returning to their careers
Do we expect the system made for the elect
To possibly judge correct?
Properly serve and protect?
Materially corrupt
Spiritually amuck
Oblivious to the cause
Prosperously bankrupt
Blind leading the blind
Guilty never defined
Filthy as swine
A generation purin it’s own mind
Legal extortion
Blown out of proportion
In vein deceit
The truth is obsolete
Only two positions:
Victimizer or Victim
Both end up in destruction trusting this crooked system
Mafia with diplomas keeping us in a coma trying to own a piece
of the “American Corona”
The Revolving Door
Insanity every floor
Skyscraping, paper chasing
What are we working for?
Empty traditions
Reaching social positions
Teaching ambition to support the family superstition?
When the Son of Podition is Commander in Chief
The standard is Thief
Brethren can we candidly speak?
Woe to the men
Trusted in the chariots dem’
Leaning on horses
They run their intellectual sources
Counterfeit wisdom creating the illusion of freedom
Confusion consumes them
Every word they speak it turns them out really white
Internally they absent of light
trapped in the night and bonded to the Cain of the night
Under the curse
Evil men waxing more worse
Faxing the first
Angelic being cast to the earth
It’s time for rebirth
Burnin up the branch and the root
The empty pursuits of every tree bearing the wrong fruit
Turning me ill
Let him who stole, no longer steal
Oh it’s real
Surrender for Jehovah is real
How long will you sleep
Troubled by the thoughts that YOU keep
The idols YOU heap
Causing the destruction you reap
Judgment has come
Find it and return to the One
Abandon the flesh
Self-interest: Broadway to death
Pride and the Greed
Hide and subdividing the seed
The knowledge of Good and Evil is what caused us to lie
Caused us to die
Let your emotions be crucified
Renounce all your thoughts
Repent and let your mind be re-taught
You’ll find what you sought…was based on the deception you bought
A perception of naught
Where the majority remains caught

Loving a lie
Not realizing in Adam, all die

Loving a lie
Not realizing in Adam, all die

Loving a lie
Not realizing in Adam, all die

Loving a lie
Not realizing in Adam, all die

[sing songy Chorus Outro]
It’s the mystery of Inequity
Say it’s the history of Inequity
Say it’s the misery of Inequity
When it all…
All falls down
I’m telling you all…
It all falls down

7 thoughts on “Lauryn Hill: Umoja ni nguvu, utengano ni udhaifu

  1. The truth is she WAS *brilliant.” Whether she still “IS” ….remains to be seen.

    Certainly she hasn’t displayed that *brilliance* in years to the disappointment of many of her loyal fans.

    IMO, Lauryn Hill was never a great singer. She WAS a very good singer. But a very gifted poet with an excellent delivery style.

    Who knows what ultimately led to her *fall.” I think she was done in by a convergence of conflicting factors: Her determination to NOT sell her soul at any cost AND the constant pressure she was under to do just that; added to the demands of her fans for more… More…MORE. And her desire to become a mother.

    She didn’t “Speak truth to Power.” She spoke Truth to the Masses (or she attempted to anyway) about the *Evils* perpetrated on the masses by “the System” (socio-political-cultural, mass media/tv, music, print etc). Frustrated by her own inability to truly break FREE of music industry *chains* and BE her creative self, she became overwhelemed and retreated into some kind of isolation.

    Has her mental and emotional health been negatively affected?

    I’m no doctor. But I’d say…Probably.

    • I hereby state that wordpress needs to have a “like” button because I “liked” everything that you just said. I have been a loyal fan of Lauryn from the beginning and I still continue to stupport her. Just in December I was arguing with someone as they talked about her missing a concert. They weren’t there, they don’t know what happened… But too many people are reporting the same story. I believe she needs help now more than she did then. It’s crazy because I feel like i’m searching for some part of the “old” her in all of her recent performances, and when I say recent, well you know that means the last 4 or 5 years.

      Lauryn is blessed with literary ability and I would love to see her go into writing more, maybe performing less. I would love to see her performng spoken word without any instruments. Amazing!

  2. As a sidenote: I wanted to mention D’angelo (of whom I’ve been a fan since BEFORE her was anybody).

    His “retreat” is still a mystery to me and I miss the man’s music so much….

    I’ve spent tht past 10yrs scrounging for ANY piece of music by him. His so-called “new album” has been on the verge of “release” for at least 5yrs. I’ve all but completely given up on the man 😦

    • Another great. When I think of him, I see a very religious upbringing followed by going into “secular” music and an endless cycle of chasing his own demons. I would LOVE to hear a new album by D’Angelo. Now I hate to mention this after the fact but you know they just released an album prelude for him on 12/28/2010. It was called James River and was only available for limited release for a “SHORT” and I mean “short” period. Lol, Amazon had it for 24 hours. The first track is “1000 Deaths”. Try and see if google comes up with any more info on it.

      • Thanks for the info!

        Awhile back I added “1000 Deaths” to my collection…along with “Ghetto Music” w/ Q-Tip and a few other hard-to-get D’angelo cuts…so I’m on every little thing out there by

        But it’s as you said: He’s trapped in a world chasing his own demons so who knows WHEN or IF he’ll ever release another album?…smh.

        It seems the greater your *Gift,* the heavier your *Cross.*

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