Lauryn Hill – Consumerism

blame it on Miss_Peas October 4, 2013

Lauryn Hill has been in prison for a few months now for tax evasion and will shortly be released in a matter of moments. As this event takes place her representatives have found the time to premiere a brand new track titled “consumerism” that was recorded shortly before she was sent to prison. You can purchase the track via Itunes. Listen to the track and read the rest of her open letter after the jump.

“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.”

“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.”

– Ms. Lauryn Hill

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  • Complacent

    This lady is a joke, she was only good for one album. The obession of a almost two decade album is hilarious. She doesn’t have another classic in her, just listen to this bs. She was a flash in the pan honestly. Don’t give me that artistic freedom bullshit because there were other avenues for her to take. We get it Lauryn you’re so superior to us simpletons. At this point she’s just making shit to prove how different she is, false genius syndrome. I would love to lock her and Lupe n a room for a week, and see the fuckery that comes out of it. Of course we “wound’t get it” You would think someone so enlightened would go to prison for something so petty as tax evasion. Now she’s free to go back to her book club or coffee shop to TALK about the next revolution which they’ll never actually put into action rather than talk.

  • !

    ^ If you ever wanted to know what a idiot was……here you go

    • oh well.

      Oh ! U rt. That complacent is an idiot. Sounds like complacent wants to dictate what Lauryn Hill does. News flash : u don’t know jack about Lauryn Hill are you living her life ..smh at stupidity

  • Mt

    Real talk. People need to stop giving her a pass.

  • Is it me or is Lauryn Hill and Lupe Fiasco sipping the same water? Not saying it’s a bad thing, either. The industry has fucked them both.

  • WTF?

    This shit is spoken word not a song damn Ms Hill is a fucking joke now the music industry must have really fucked up her head

  • My

    Btw, this is awful. Can’t listen to the whole thing.

  • marty mcfly

    @Complacent, 9 times outta ten listen to whats hot in hip hop according to most of the fans and according to mainstream standards. Right now some bullshit from Migos called Versace is whats considered by many to be the dopest shit out in hip hop right now. Artists like Lauryn and Lupe are the flip side of that coin and the alternative to that kinda shit. You call her a false genius as if thats not really her rapping or something, id say within whats she saying there is some level of high intelligence there especially in comparison to what most would say is dope these days. Last year Trinidad James was like the new dope shit and next year it’ll be some other foolishness but these kinda songs are necessary. Like you said yourself though “Of course we “wound’t get it”… Now you’ll say some shit back to try and diss instead of just listening to the song and take it for what it is. Same with Lupe, some people will hear him today and be like this nigga wack as hell but then hear him years later and have a light bulb moment like hold up he was actually making sense and rapping about something. Smh

  • GODr

    Blah blah blah, I’m broke and need money. Will pretend to rap for food.

  • GODr

    Delivery on this is abrasive. The track sounds like something the new Goodie Mob would try to spit to.

  • 2drunk2furious

    People here acting like they paid money for this, just feel good about the fact that you listened to something different and gave some ideas a chance rather than having such weird expectations about music you’re getting to hear for free…and critique all you want, but artists like Lauryn, Lupe and anyone else who gets lumped into the pseudointellectual category are at least trying to push back against the industry standard and the bullshit that’s pumped into our culture daily. I wasn’t that into this song, and as much of a Lupe fan as I am I don’t really get behind a lot of what he’s done recently, but I appreciate the shit artists do to try and bring alternative and positive ideas to counterbalance the negativity thrown at us so often. I’m not a paranoid conspiracy theorist who goes around calling people “sheeple” but damn, open your mind a bit and let this woman talk. She made some great music back in the day and she doesn’t need to live up to that just to have her voice heard.

  • MewLover34

    @Marty, Do you really think there are people who think Versace is the “dopest shit out in hip hop right now”? I’m sure a lot of people think it’s a good song, but relax, no one is saying anything like that. You can like ignorant music like Waka and Gucci and still like Lupe. I honestly don’t think people that only listen to deep intellectual shit are any better than the clowns bumping some new French Montana track. Mix it up yo.

  • marty mcfly

    @MewLover, Yes thats what I think, thats why I said it and I’ve heard statements from more then a few people that imply the same thing about that record that why it continues to get played. And I didnt say you group of people who listen to this kinda shit is better then the other. I mean you know the state of hip hop so I shouldn’t have to give you evidence of the foolishness that gets played in it. Now do I have a problem with stupid music? NO but does music that sounds like it took some kinda thoughtful effort get the same kinda play as the record im talking about? NO, and you dont need me to prove that to you or break my opinion down further cause you already know whats up.

  • Your Father

    I mean how are people supposed to let the gems sink in if the packaging/delivery is all fucked up?
    Isn’t it strange to anyone else that Lauryn’s music’s gone south ever since she stopped working with New Ark?

  • sabrina4mumia

    most relieved to know she almost out of the belly of the beast. many thanxs to have tunes before and her getting out. musically Ms. Lauryn Hill has ahead.lyrically speaking. Did one lisen to the lyrics? Or are we still bamboozled by the stolen music of blurred lines crap. Many thanxs that she can come out to love family friends THAT IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT! OTHERS CAN NOT. To herald of a song release puts the icing on the cake. People take the song is a free gift enjoy do not TAKE YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ON THIS NEW SONG RELEASE it is like a breath of fresh air with musically more to come. Stay blessed!

  • SforMusic

    Good Music is Good Music and Bad Music is Bad Music regardless of it being lyrical or not and This is pretty bad. She would have been better off making this a spoken word joint cos the beat she has chosen was ass.

  • self destruct

    just listen to what she has to say, not all songs have to follow a certain criteria. Open your ears instead of opening your mouth.

  • SforMusic

    @self destruct I did and the beat was distracting hence the “spoken word” part. It’s music at the end of the day and we should at least have something which isnt distracting sonically

  • whocares

    yall some fucking dumbass. there’s nothing even wrong with this song. if any of yall can listen to the bs music that was stated above my comment and say something is wrong with this go back to elementary school or something. this is quality music. not the same lauryn hill style but still decent. stupid fuck asses.

  • Tylfi

    Sounds like mos def wrote it and she spit it ypon being handed it and tried to fit it on the beat..if that….i can deny who she is but this isnt good delivery

  • Oprah

    Maybe if she was raping about ass, or gucci or some white women, or even putting suicides on a tour bus you mindless negros would get it. She has already said these songs are not for the masses. Plus you niggers don’t buy music anyway, so your opinion is null and void. Go Jizz to your European fetishes!

  • Wase

    L-Boogie done lost it and most of us blame the industry for pimping her out and messing her head up and even though they did contribute to her downfall one instrumental person that literally bled her dry and pimped her out on the arms of her emotions was Wyclef

  • JohnnyTarr

    damn ms hill

  • Salohman

    I think if you threw Nas or Saul Williams on here it might balance the track out. waiting on the remix.

  • ear2ear

    I can’t stand when the hip-hop “purists” label a fan if he or she doesn’t like a song by a conscious hip-hop artist. “Oh you don’t like this, go listen to French Montana or Versace.”

    No nigga. I don’t listen to those songs. How about we just call it what it is? My favorite MCs are Q-Tip, Mos, DOOM, Ghostface, and 3000. And yes, this song sucks to me. And no, it’s not because I listen to the wack shit y’all are name dropping. It’s just not a good song to me period. Learn to respect an opinion. Don’t make your bullshit assumption that you must listen to ____ if you don’t like this.

    And if you really do your reading, music insiders will tell you that Wylef was the driving creative force behind the Fugees. I have just given up on giving Lauryn Hill a pass. Now if y’all want to give her a pass and get fake excited for her return to music, by all means, but don’t act like I don’t know what I’m talking about because I’m fed up with her mediocrity since Miseducation.

  • marty mcfly

    @ear2ear, yeah well nobody made that assumption. You made that assumption about yourself. I for one never made any comment about what you listen to. By saying that this type of music is necessary because its the flip side to dumb shit in no way assumes what kinda music you listen to. If you dont like the song then dont like it but obviously Lauryn aint making some shit with an attempt of being liked she’s making something thats lyrically challenging both for herself and the listener.

  • Dr. Strange

    Well, Ear2Ear said what I was thinking. Lauryn Hill is one of my favorite artists. Ever. Her work during the Fugees/Miseducation time period was amazing. But this song is horrible (her last one was pretty bad too). Her delivery on this one atrocious. The production is subpar as well. I’m actually not excited for her new album, which is sad.

  • jorgey

    to me it seems like she is “flowing” as fast as the current world consumes everything. nobody (as a whole population) really appreciates “product”, we just want more of it and better yet the newest of it. so her delivery is just what the world asks for when dealing with music, electronics, clothes, etc….in the age of the internet we all get things too fast…how long does it take you to listen to a new mixtape from an artist, “digest” it and then be tired of it or what more, or want another from somebody else? so her rapping is packing all of this information and showing the listener that you can’t be chaotic in receiving what we consume. but thats just what i think, and if that is it then she did a great job and if not then i dont fucking get it at all

  • chu the conqueror

    I love it. L Boogie giving us solid food on this one. Everyone is entitled to like what they like. She obviously didn’t make this song for everyone. But the ones she did, will love it.

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  • c’mon sun

    At the end of the day, does it SOUND GOOD? Hell no! She’s rambling speaking fast over some wack beat. No flow, no rhythm, nothing. I don’t care how much “knowledge” she’s dropping here, it’s all about how you present your message. And I wish people would stop pretending like they know what she “intended” with this track. Are you part of her inner circle? Does she share her creative ideas with you? I hate Stans that make execuses on some “oh she was trying to be different” shit.

  • ?

    @ear2ear Preach! You speaking some real truth right there..