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Lauryn Hill released from prison, celebrates with new song “Consumerism”

on October 04, 2013, 8:11am

laurynhill jakecohen Lauryn Hill released from prison, celebrates with new song Consumerism

Lauryn Hill was released from prison Friday following a three month prison sentence for tax evasion, and she’s already released a new song. Titled “Consumerism”, it’s now available via iTunes and can also be streamed below.

Hill says of the song:

“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.

If you recall, Hill signed a deal with Sony Music prior to his prison stint as a means to alleviate her outstanding debt. She plans to release five new songs in advance of a full-length studio effort. “Consumerism” marks the second such effort following May’s “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)”.

Photo, above, by Jake Cohen

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