Lauryn Hill spent her three months in prison for tax evasion and will be released today, which makes this the perfect time for her to present the world with a new single entitled "Consumerism" off an album that appears to be named Part 1: Letters from Exile.
Her record label says that Hill "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 says:
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.
Over a background of what sounds like Native American flutes and a heavy drum beat ala Blink-182, Hill uses "Consumerism" to list A LOT of -isms in a stream-of-consciousness style including, but not limited to: ageism, sexism, Marxism, despotism, European fetishism and systematic narcissism. Oh and "egotism egotism egotism egotism egotism."
[via Rolling Stone]
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