Lauryn Hill Drops Post-Jail Single
By JACKIE WILLIS
October 04, 2013
Lauryn Hill used the hype surrounding her jail time for tax evasion to her advantage. On the day, Oct. 4, the former Fugees frontwoman was released from jail, she dropped a new song.
Calling the speed-rap song Consumerism, which was written pre-jail and mixed while she was serving time, 38-year-old Hill says of the song on her Tumblr, "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.
She continues, "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."
The track will be featured on Hill's upcoming album Letters From Exile. What do you think of the new song? Play music critic.