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Ms. Lauryn Hill is back with brand new music.

On Friday (Nov. 15), the former Fugees crooner dropped her first solo song in five years. The song “Guarding the Gates” starts off with a graceful guitar riff followed by sweet, soulful vocals from the veteran singer.

“All that you could be is a spectacle, following after every single miracle/Watch them marvel at, all the joy you have/But they’re too important to have all the joy you have, what a tragedy, you can laugh at me,” Hill sings on the record.

As we reported last month, “Guarding the Gates” stems from the official soundtrack for the upcoming film Queen & Slim. The song is the first solo record Hill has released since she dropped her 2014 song “Black Rage,” which she dedicated to the people of Ferguson, Mo. who protested after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer.

In the years following “Black Rage,” Hill has managed to remain relevant after prominent rappers sampled her iconic lyrics in songs like Drake’s “Nice for What” and Cardi B’s “Be Honest.” Recently, the New Jersey native appeared alongside Pusha-T in his 2019 single “Coming Home,” which will appear on his upcoming album.

Hill has also kept her fans at bay by touring around the world. Last year, the singer embarked on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour. In the beginning, the tour included Nas and singer Santigold. However, Hill’s tour experienced a slew of issues and both opening artists were suddenly dropped from the line-up without notice.

Listen to Lauryn Hill’s new song “Guarding the Gates” below.

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