She released a single called “Consumerism.” Lauryn Hill says, “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.”
Listen to Consumerism below. My favorite part is when she repeats “egotism, egotism, egotism…” That’s the truth.
“Consumerism’s running through’em like a tumor in’em…Ageism, sexism, racism, chauvinism. Capitalism running through them like the rumour business…Separatism,scepticism, modernism, atheism. Television running through them like an organism…Mechanism, despotism, poisoning the ecosystem. Satanism running through them like a politician…Hedonism, hypocrism, nihilism, narcissism.”
What do you think of the track?