Three pieces of excellent news: 1) Lauryn Hill is out of prison following her three-month stay for tax evasion. 2) The former Fugees singer/rapper commemorated her release by unleashing a new song. 3) That new song is an eviscerating screed against "corporate greed in Jesus' name" called "Consumerism."
The song is stunningly good. Not that its quality should be surprising—Hill is inordinately talented—but she sounds invigorated and focused in a way you wouldn't expect from someone who's been dealing with the longtime legal woes that she has. It's also much more focused than "Neurotic Society," the track her new label Sony released without her blessing in May.
"'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 statement released with the single. "I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it."
Listen to the track above and prepare for more material: This is entitled "Part 1" in a Letters From Exile series.