lauryn hill blasts ‘consumerism’ in new socio-political single

October 4, 2013

Have you been missing Ms. Lauryn Hill? She just dropped a new single, on the eve of her release from prison (as you probably know, she was sentenced to three month in prison for tax evasion). ‘Consumerism’ is apparently taken from a body of work she completed while in custody: ‘Letters From Exile’. The track is in the same vein as ‘Neurotic Society’, the banger she released a few months ago. It’s politically charged: “corporate greed in Jesus’ name”, “systematic narcissism”, “commercialism”, you name it. Thoughts? – L C-D

Below is the statement she released along with the track:
“Consumerism is a track coming out on the eve of Ms. Hill’s release. She 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 wrote: “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.”

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