Shortly before her release from prison for failure to pay taxes on approximately $1 million, Lauryn Hill releases the socially-charged song “Consumerism.” Over spacey production, Lauryn quickly spits in short, concise phrases of various “isms” which she feels taint the culture.
In a message posted to Hill’s Tumblr page, she explains the song’s inspiration and concept:
"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 its level."
“Consumerism” will appear on Hill’s upcoming project, 'Letters From Exile'.