After serving a three month sentence for tax evasion, former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill will be released from prison today. To celebrate her release, Hill unveiled a new track aptly titled “Consumerism.”
During her time in prison, Hill released two statements on her Tumblr blog. One post, “”MLH On Racism, condemned the IRS and compared current tax laws to modern day slavery. Today, Hill released another statement along with her new track:
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.
- Ms. Lauryn Hill
Hill signed a record deal with Sony Music before serving time to help reduce her longstanding debt. The singer plans to release a five-song EP leading up to a full album. Consumerism is available now via iTunes and is currently streaming on Soundcloud below.