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Lauryn Hill Pays Pricey Tax Debt in Full, Releases New Song

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Lauryn Hill may have dodged a financial bullet. The embattled artist reportedly has paid off her $900,000 tax debt.

L-Boogie’s attorney Nathan Hochman, confirmed to Reuters (via HuffPost), that his client has made restitution with her debt, and apparently didn’t use any money from her new Sony deal to do it.

“Ms. Hill has not only now fully paid prior to sentencing her taxes, which are part of her criminal restitution, but she has additionally fully paid her federal and state personal taxes for the entire period under examination through 2009,” he wrote in an email.

Ms. Hill is scheduled for sentencing today (May 6) in her tax-evasion case. The Grammy-winning rapper faces a three-year prison sentence for not paying $1.8 million in income earned between 2005 and 2007. However, Hochman feels the judge will grant her probation now that she paid her restitution.

Over the weekend, Ms. Hill also dropped a new song called ‘Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix),’ which is currently available on iTunes.

The song finds Hill angry at the powers taht be for forcing her hand to release new music against her will. She even briefly mentions that in an accompanied letter, which partly reads:

“Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music.”

Over chaotic drums, Hill spits stream-of-consciousness rhymes on a litany of topics dealing with society’s problematic state. Honestly, much of it doesn’t make any sense.

It’s been over 10 years since we’ve heard any music from the ex-Fugees member. Hopefully, this will push Hill into the studio to record a proper full-length album.

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Listen to Lauryn Hill’s ‘Neurotic Society’

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