Lauryn Hill Releases ‘Consumerism’ to Celebrate Her Prison Release
Lauryn Hill was released from prison Friday and she’s celebrating by releasing a new single, “Consumerism.” The track features Hill speed-rapping through a list of modern society’s ills.
It’s not clear if this song is the single off an upcoming album, or just a one-off event. On her Tumblr page, however, Hill makes reference to more material she recorded before being incarcerated:
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.
In May, Hill was sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million of income.