1. Ms. Lauryn Hill — "Consumerism" (AUDIO).


    New music from Ms. Lauryn Hill as she comes home from being imprisoned. It's great news to hear that Ms. Hill has her freedom back, but the verdict is still out on this latest track called "Consumerism," an ism-filled stew of some rapid-fire catchwords. What y'all think?

    Says Ms. Hill: "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."

    ("Consumerism" is available on iTunes .)

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    • 357 nyc

      Catch words??? Verdict out??? Gtfoh this shit is the truth. If you dont understand it then your part of the problem and from some of the posts you guys make i can see your alseep to whats going on while Ms. Hill is wide akake.

    • don_king_kong

      It's not that people don't understand it, the question is whether it's a good song. I love the sentiments contained here lyrically, but it's not a song that I've particularly enjoyed listening to...and her flow is a fucking mess. Hence the verdict is still out on this one.

    • egotism x 8

      I get the message. I like the track, content wise and musically. (not really concerned with how many times she rhymes ism with ism) I can do without all the religious references - I usually temporarily switch off when I hear anything religious in raps these days - but, If all her future offerings are on par with this track, I'm looking forward to hearing new material from Ms. Hill.

    • Jef Dam

      This and the last song she released are hot garbage. Private mind garden - She hooks up with The Dap-Kings / Connie Price and The Keystones / The Soul Investigators / Lefties Soul Connection / El-Michels Affair, drops a throwback soul album that makes her social commentary actually sound good, pays her debts and makes a bit of money for herself (that shit would sell, Lauryn Hill X Daptone funk? Sheeeeeeeeit),and goes back to being a recluse while leaving behind some fantastic music.

    • BrainImplant

      She could have slowed it down a bit...

    • HughPhug

      i agree its on point, but as music i wouldn't listen to it again.
      Sing girl, sing. you have a killer voice. I'm with Jef Dam, get down with Dap Kings, or Charles Bradley, that shit would catch fire

    • lloydy

      too much ism,but good track really. She's obviously spent all her money and is a bit pissed off now.which is nice.