Lauryn Hill snuck back onto the Billboard charts for the first time in 10 years this week as the former Fugees singer’s “Repercussions” landed at #94 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song leaked online last month and it’s unclear if it’s a future release or an unfinished track from previous efforts.
“Now it’s a difficult process, a matter of perception/ When I look in the mirror, what is it that I see?/ Is it my reflection?” she sings during the first verse. The chorus continues, “Seein’ repercussions, talking about the things we do/ You need to know repercussions/ Things can come right back to you/ Repercussions, what goes around comes back around.”
The last time Hill was featured on the Billboard charts was back in 1999 when her “Turn Your Lights Down Low” notched the #49 position.
In June, the reclusive singer granted a rare interview to NPR and said she was excited about performing again. She appeared at a New Zealand music festival in January of this year, and this weekend, Hill is slated to perform during the Rock the Bells concert in Los Angeles.
“There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it,” Hill told NPR. “In fact, as musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment — and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the [music] industry that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society, or at least some aspect of society. And it’s important that people be given the time that they need to go through, to grow, so that the consciousness level of the general public is properly affected. Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely.”
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