Lauryn Hill Leaves Prison and Releases a New Track


Lauryn Hill spent her three months in prison for tax evasion and will be released today, which makes this the perfect time for her to present the world with a new single entitled “Consumerism” off an album that appears to be named Part 1: Letters from Exile.

Her record label says that Hill “wanted to get this music out while she was incarcerated, as it is a product of the space she was in while she was going through some of the challenges she has been faced with recently.” Hill says:

Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level.

Over a background of what sounds like Native American flutes and a heavy drum beat ala Blink-182, Hill uses “Consumerism” to list A LOT of -isms in a stream-of-consciousness style including, but not limited to: ageism, sexism, Marxism, despotism, European fetishism and systematic narcissism. Oh and “egotism egotism egotism egotism egotism.”

[via Rolling Stone]

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