Lauryn Hill is almost free, and celebrates by blessing her fans with a new record. On the eve of her prison release after serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion, Ms. Hill bring social awareness to the forefront in “Consumerism.” Wanting to release the record during her last hours of incarceration, Lauryn wanted to take listeners into her mind as she’s faced various personal challenges in recent times.
Available now on iTunes, Lauryn Hill explains the record off her forthcoming Letters From Exile project in a 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.”
Listen to “Consumerism” and read Lauryn’s letter below…..
“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.”