'Consumerism' is a track coming out on the eve of Ms. Hill's release. She wanted to get this music out while she was incarcerated, as it is a product of the space she was in while she was going through some of the challenges she has been faced with recently.

It's not your usual Lauryn Hill release - there're plenty of political discourse, but not in the loaded base of gorgeous, fluid vocals. This is a helter-skelter tumble of stream-of-consciousness over pan-pipe infused funky beats.

There's perhaps an entire LPs worth of content in this one track to work through though, making it quite a difficult listen. On her Tumblr she clears up some of the confusion by describing 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 it’s level."

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