Lauryn Hill gets released from prison and releases new song ‘Consumerism’

Lauryn Hill Taxes
Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. At that time, her attorney said she would pay more than $500,000 by the time of her sentencing. It was revealed Monday in court that Hill has paid $50,000. The South Orange resident got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the acclaimed album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

After spending three months in prison for tax evasion, R&B singer Lauryn Hill was released from a minimal security Federal Correction Institution in Danbury, Connecticut Friday morning.

Hill was initially sentenced for failing to pay over a million dollars in income over a two year span beginning in 2005.

In a timely fashion, Miss Hill has released a new song called “Consumerism”, which is ironically now available on iTunes. In the song Hill raps at light speed while calling out a list of societal issues. It has got a punk rock tinge to it.

Here is a statement she released coinciding with the song:

“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.

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