Lauryn Hill To Be Released From Prison Today; Celebrates With New Song, “Consumerism”
The last time we were really talking about Lauryn Hill, she was on her way to federal prison for tax evasion. She had been sentenced in May to three months in jail at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, as well as three months of house arrest (which she will report to next). She was originally looking at 36 months in jail, but was able to evade all that because of her lack of a prior criminal record, the six young children she takes care of, and the fact that she was able to repay the back taxes she owed (though she did so late). She went in on July 8, and today, she is reportedly scheduled to be released.
To help celebrate her release from jail, Hill has released a new song called “Consumerism” for her fans. In it, Hill raps at lightning speed about greed, both from corporations and everyday people, as well as a “laundry list of social ills,” as Rolling Stone described it. If you’re hoping that the song will sound like something from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill or her MTV Unplugged effort, you should know by now that she’s not trying to reproduce that sound and is instead focusing on rapid raps about political and societal issues. But who knows, this one could be your cup of tea. Check it out for yourself below and let us know what you think!
Welcome back Ms. Hill!