Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage”: Ferguson Edition

Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage (Sketch),” recorded live in her living room, wasn’t written with Missouri in mind (she’s been performing it live since at least 2012), but it has acquired urgency in light of the events in Ferguson. “Black Rage” takes its melody from Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s “My Favorite Things,” a song that originally appeared in “The Sound of Music” but has multiple connotations within black music — John Coltrane played the tune on his 1961 album of the same title.

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