Lauryn Hill's New Single 'Consumerism' Is Exactly What We Need to Hear Right Now

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lauryn hillI've always thought of jail as a place where it's tough to do much of anything besides make license plates or steal cookies (ahem, O.J. Simpson), but Grammy Award-winning musician Lauryn Hill just ended a three-month prison stint for tax evasion and she's already got a new song out! Granted, the tune (called "Consumerism") was recorded before she went to the big house and was mixed in her absence, but Hill still managed to have major creative control. “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,” she said on her Tumblr, where fans can find a link to the track.

Pretty cool, huh? Er, depends on who you ask. Apparently a lot of people are peeved that Hill was released after only a few short months for her crime and resent the fact that she's already slamming the system via song, but you know what I think? 

I think she never deserved to go to prison in the first place! Look, maybe it's the Robin Hood in me, but I have a tough time siding with the currently SHUTDOWN government on this one. Clearly our elected officials have been neglecting a host of issues far more serious than a singer who happens to owe some back taxes! And I'd even go one step further to say we actually NEED artists like Lauryn Hill speaking her mind now more than ever. I mean, who the hell else is going to call out the government on their rampant corruption -- Miley Cyrus?? 

And, as ever, Hill's got plenty to say. Here's a lyrical sampling from "Consumerism":

Yo
Consumerism's running through'em like a tumor in'em
Ageism, sexism, racism, chauvinism
Capitalism running through them like the rumour business
Separatism, skepticism, modernism, atheism
Television running through them like an organism
Mechanism, despotism, poisoning the ecosystem
Satanism running through them like a politician
Hedonism, hypocrism, nihilism, narcissism
Egotism running through them needing exorcism
Situation hedonism, adversary demonism

See what I'm sayin'? You tell 'em, Lauryn!

Are you happy to hear that Lauryn Hill has a new single out? 


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cmjaz cmjaz

Whats her point?

nonmember avatar Lucia

I was on board with the lyrics until the "atheism" part. As an atheist, I'm tired of society finding me immoral simply for my beliefs.

nonmember avatar felina

so one persons bad/wrong should trump others? ( the government wrong and her wrongs)
hope youre not teaching any children this garbage

Jaghd810 Jaghd810

She's a racist thug. Fuck her. 

nonmember avatar LALA

@jaghd810 you must be one of those people she is talking about in her lyrics we laugh when haters hate :)

nonmember avatar colorblind

I am so sick and tired of the evil rumor that was put out by a racist white man on the Howard Stern show years ago where Lauryn actually came on the show to dispel that lie. Lauryn grew up in the suburbs of South Orange New Jersey in a predominantly Jewish community Lauryn good friend in hogh school was Zach Braff. Her children goes to their friend Bar Mitvahs every other weekends . So the RACIST who made that comment i would love to see your colorful background. Racist people can't stand an African American who is proud of their culture they think that you automatically hate white people. Wake up and join the new world ! One Love

nonmember avatar Joy

She refused to pay the taxes she owed. As a tax payer who makes a tiny fraction of what she makes I believe yes she did deserve to go to jail. Hopefully she'll use the income from this song to pay the taxes she owes. I bet it was consumerism that created her problem in the first place.

nonmember avatar getumLauryn

now tell me your philosophy on exactlt what an artist should be. should they be someone w prosperity & no concept of reality? She lights my fire. everything you drop is so tired. music is supposed to inspire. -I don't know about the rest of you, but Consumerism gets my heart pumping blood through my veins, like throwing fuel on my flame, makes me want to GET UP!! STAND UP!! LET'S GET 'UM!!

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