Ms. Hill releases new track "Consumerism" on day of release following a 3 month jail sentence back in May 2013. This track comes as a surprise and much needed follow-up to Sinead O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus warning her of looming dangers in the music industry.
A message posted by Hill on her Tumblr page tells what inspired her to do the track:
"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."
Lauryn is no beginner when it comes to taking the music industry head on. Her 1998, five-time Grammy Award winning album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, made her one of hip hop's most successful, commercially celebrated, and socially conscious artists. Back from a 10 year hiatus, Hill releases the track citing "egotism, commercialism, humanism, hedonism, and corporate domination." This track is a blazing-fast, lyrical odyssey that takes you on a journey through the now highly-educated mind of Lauryn ad her woes of the music industry. Now 38, the mother of five children, and subject of a highly publicized "mental breakdown" and jail conviction, she returns with an unapologetic track that embraces you within seconds of the track's intro.