Singer Lauryn Hill, 38, celebrated her release from prison today with a new song entitled “Consumerism”. Like most of Hill’s songs, the single covers Hill’s obsession with a materialistic society.
Hill was convicted of income tax evasion in May. She served three months in federal prison after paying paid $900,000 in back taxes.
“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,” Hill said in a press release. “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”.