Perhaps aptly titled – considering her prison tenure for not paying taxes – Lauryn Hill‘s release of a new track entitled ‘Consumerism’ the day before she was released really gives me a chuckle. Also, considering The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was a massive part of a lot of our lives in the late ’90s, I had high hopes before pressing the play button.
Apparently ‘Consumerism’ is part of a project she’s working on called Letters From Exile that should be released through Sony Music at some point. Here’s what Lauryn had to say about it:
“‘Consumerism’ is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in,” Hill said in a statement. “We did our best to eke 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.”
Well, fair enough, I guess? She’s not the first rapper to do “higher consciousness” rhymes and I respect that. I also don’t want to undermine her views (which admittedly have been extreme/off the wall in recent years and have accompanied some pretty eccentric behaviour), but I just don’t understand.