Lauryn Hill releases new song 'Consumerism' on eve of prison release

Hill has served a three month sentence for tax evasion

Lauryn Hill releases new song 'Consumerism' on eve of prison release

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Lauryn Hill has released new song 'Consumerism' on the eve of her release from prison. Scroll down to hear the song now.

Hill has served a three month prison sentence for tax evasion and began her sentence at the beginning of July in a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut. Prior to entering prison she signed a deal with Sony, aiming to alleviate some of the financial issues she was facing at the time.

'Consumerism' is a rare new track from Hill and is labelled as part 1 of a collection named 'Letters From Exile'. The track came with a statement from the singer, in which she explains that the song is from a recording session she completed prior to entering prison.

"'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," reads the statement. "'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."

Inmates at the minimum security prison in Connecticut live in open, barrack-style dormitories and are expected to work jobs such as maintenance, food catering and landscaping. Earlier this year Lauryn Hill's team updated her Tumblr page on July 22, with a message assuring fans she had received a "warm welcome" from her fellow inmates.

In 2012, Hill pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes on more than £1.16 million ($1.8 million) earned from 2005 to 2007. Sentencing also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes from 2008 and 2009, bringing to the total earnings to around £1.5 million ($2.3 million). After she is released from prison she will be under parole supervision for a year, with the first three months under house arrest.



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