Hill has served a three month sentence for tax evasion
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.