First Listen: Ms. Lauryn Hill – Consumerism


After a three-month incaceration for tax evasion, former Fugees frontwoman Lauryn Hill marks her re-entry into society with a new single, Consumerism. Infused with verve, Hill matches strong lyrical themes of a conscious nature with rapid fire delivery that’ll make Twista blush. Look for Consumerism to appear on her next album (Part 1: Letters From Exile?), the first spawn of a fresh record deal with Sony Music.

P.S. The track is accompanied by an explanatory note from the singer:

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. (Via MsLaurynHill)