Lauryn Hill rang in her freedom with a new record titled “Consumerism.” After spending three months in prison for tax evasion, the ex-Fugees frontwoman flexes her vast vocabulary on wax that continues her streak of socially conscious projects.
Before heading to the pen in July, the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill MC ranted about “reverse racism” in a lengthy Tumblr rant.
“The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous,” Hill wrote, also pairing her virtual speech with a song called “Neurotic Society.”
She continued, “Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries.”
Now, a free woman, Lauryn explains the concept behind the new track off her forthcoming Letters From Exile project in a short letter.
“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
Listen below and cop on iTunes here.