Ms. Lauryn Hill has left the building.
After serving a three month bid at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury CT., Hill was released earlier today from federal custody.
However, she didn’t leave quietly. On the final night of her sentence, Hill decided to stick it to the man, Shyne style, and drop her latest single “Consumerism” while still behind bars.
Accompanying the release of the track was a note from her management, explaining; “Consumerism is a track coming out on the eve of Ms. Hill’s release. She 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 explains how she managed to get the song out in her own words; “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.”
Following in the footsteps of “Neurotic Society,” it is clear that Hill is holding no punches on this track with politically charged rhymes such as; “Modernism has created modern prisons. Neo-McCarthyism, new colonialisms.” Now that L-Boogie has been freed, we will be waiting with baited breath to see what new fire she has in store.
Check out “Consumerism” below and let us know if you’re feeling it or still missing the Lauryn of yesteryear.