Last night, on the eve of her release from prison (serving a three month sentence for tax evasion), Lauryn Hill released a charged new track called “Consumerism”. The track seems to be part of a larger collection or album titled Letters From Exile and features Hill trading in melody for rapping. Hill included the following statement with the release of the track (that you can listen to below via Soundcloud):
‘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.