Sunday, 6 October 2013

Lauryn Hill drops her new single Consumerism just before she's released from jail

Lauryn Hill sure knows how to create buzz around a new song. She chose to release her single Consumerism the night before she was released from jail.

The former Fugees singer was freed early Friday [Oct. 4] morning, according to TMZ, from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut after having been locked up for three months for failing to pay taxes on $1.8m worth of income.

The song was written and recorded before she entered jail, but mixed while she was locked up. The single will appear on her next album Letters From Exile.

Dropping Consumerism just hours before her release has resulted in already over 50,000 plays of the song on website Soundcloud.

Lauryn, 38, was serving time at the same jail where TV show Orange Is The New Black takes place. The facility is minimum security. The New Jersey native had failed to pay her taxes from 2005 to 2007.

Lauryn also posted her own description of what the song means to her.  The track is from a collection of tracks she's putting out called Letters From Exile.

"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 its level”.

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