Lauryn Hill is speaking out against the situation in Ferguson, Mo. through a new “sketch” version of her song “Black Rage.”
The Grammy winner released the single, a new dedication on a previous song, online Wednesday. It already has been played nearly 85,000 times as of this writing.
The song, a reworked version of “My Favorite Things” from Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music,” was dedicated to the protests in Missouri over the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
“An old sketch of ‘Black Rage,’ done in my living room,” the singer wrote in a caption the accompanies the tune that she has been performing for several years. “Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO.”
The song outlines “all these kinds of things” that inspire the kinds of outrage that has been brewing in Ferguson over police brutality.
“Black rage is founded on draining and draining, threatening your freedom to stop your complaining,” Hill sings. “Poisoning your water while they say it’s raining, then call you mad for complaining, complaining.”
Listen to “Black Rage” below: