The former Fugees singer is due to leave jail today, three months after her imprisonment for tax evasion. To mark the occasion, she’s dropping the song “Consumerism.” It’s a brutal track where Hill speed-raps through the full gamut of society’s mad ways.
“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.”
The Grammy-winning singer was sentenced to jail-time earlier this year for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings. At the time of her arrest last year, Hill wrote a criticism rejecting pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”
“Consumerism” will appear on Hill’s upcoming project, “Letters From Exile.”