Lauryn Hill's 'Consumerism' Comes With Lots Of Other Isms

Ms. Lauryn Hill just finished serving time on tax evasion charges, but that doesn't mean her fans will be without new music. Late Thursday night, the singer released "Consumerism," a sort of spoken word listicle of -isms tossed together with a jam band instrumental. It's not getting the best reviews, but there's definitely a sense of urgency that comes across.

It's urgency that underscores the whole point, according to an accompanying statement from the Fugees alum, which you can read below.

"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"