New Music: Ms. Lauryn Hill – ‘Consumerism’

Consumerism

On the eve of her release from prison, Ms. Lauryn Hill liberates a new song entitled “Consumerism.” The powerful track, which was recorded pre-prison and mixed while she was behind bars, was inspired by her recent experiences and will appear on her upcoming project Letters From Exile.

She released the song with the following statement.

“‘Consumerism’ is a track coming out on the eve of Ms. Hill’s release. She wanted to get this music out while she was incarcerated, as it is a product of the space she was in while she was going through some of the challenges she has been faced with recently.”

You can stream the song and read her letter 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.”

- Ms. Lauryn Hill

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68 Comments

  1. Problem

    She gonna read the dictionary on EVERY song she drops? Cause all I hear is her just saying words from A to f***ing Z. I’m sure what ever she’s talking about is meaningful or whatever but the delivery isn’t even bearable…….and this is in MY opinion btw.

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    T Reply:

    @Problem, it’s terrible…like wow she’s reading big words….ok, she’s barely constructing any sentences, she’s off beat, and again all she’s doing is attacking “the man” YET she made sure her song was on iTunes ASAP…like bye…but y’all love a bish with an afro lol…no woman that cheated on her man with a married man is gonna make me feel ashamed of embracing some European influence (ie. straightening hair)…she equates that to self-hate…so ridiculous

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    Oprah Reply:

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    Deejay Reply:

    @Oprah, Lmaooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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    Rocky Reply:

    @Deejay, How are these guys gonna hate? Shit’s mad different, full of substance, re playability, and off beat? Check the flow thru the song carrying the concept. Her new style is an artistic representation of the information age culture that is growing online over organic beats, an oxymoron. Shit’s mad different and I love it. Drake sounds good in the club, The Weeknd’s good for… well, we all know what that albums good for, and Lauryn is pushing substance and putting miles between her and all other female mcs. She’s trying to raise the bar high and as a hip hop fan I fucking love it

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    RDK Reply:

    @Rocky, she should have put this song up for free then,because she selling this song is contradicting the meaning of the song she selling it,is going against everything she mention in the song,even though the song is filled with substance from the start to the end,just saying,and the song making people running to utube to get the lyrics video don’t mean they are d-mb and not hip-hoppers,i my self have to go to utube for the lyrics video.

    Yasmine Reply:

    @T, Exactly! There are so many problems in the black community, I cannot stand when some natural black women use their superiority complex to look down on black women who use chemicals. Bitch, at the end of the day, if someone’s going to be a racist bitch toward’s us that’s it, we’re BOTH niggers! I’m saying this as a natural woman. SMH, that Marley dick ruined Lauryn’s life so sad.

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    fa Reply:

    @T,
    I can’t even believe how dumb people like you are!
    You are probably same age as me and when I read what you write, I want to die of shame.
    I always thought people that come from difficult places and circumstances have no access to education. But now , after reading your comment, I have learned that people like you decide to be dumb!
    There is no way anyone can discuss with you…
    and most probably your kids one day!
    I don’t even know what to say. I hope there is more people like me in our generation and less people like you.
    You are so sad!

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    CHRIS Reply:

    @Problem, PLEASE TELL THEM.

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  2. Oprah

    Go listen to Nicki Starships then….

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    @SLICKERTHANSLY Reply:

    @Oprah, never.

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  3. Deejay

    I love lauryn and I support the fact that she’s a conscious rapper BUT she needs to understand that her delivery is just as important as the song content. If no one can hear your words they mean nothing. Just slow it down.
    But all in all I like this song.

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  4. lemon

    Like water seeking it’s level..

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    Righteous Reply:

    @lemon, Oh that’s a GOOD line!

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    Devastation_Negative Reply:

    @Righteous,

    that’s coming from Ms. Hill herself…. and I think it best describes what will happen with her music, especially when i’m reading so many posts that don’t understand her words or her sound.

    Like water seeking it’s level..

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  5. Dave

    horrible

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  6. lemon

    Love this

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  7. jabb

    real hip hop right her kids

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    CHRIS Reply:

    @jabb, nah

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  8. yooo

    shes spitting about every commercial artists out there, and the nature of the music business. Her perspective is interesting because she at one point was the industry’s “it” girl who made the industry millions of dollars. Miseducation sold 18 million world wide. Who sells that nowadays? I’ll wait. That;s why her exile was so important because her height of fame was at a level that surpassed anyone today, and she needed a sense of normalcy. You gotta respect it.

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    Shad Reply:

    @yooo, I agree with you 93%. But you have to understand Ms.Hill will always be respected and loved but she can’t keep coming out with these “deep” meaning songs,that really has no content. Adele has sold 20+ (21) so albums do sell.

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    yoo Reply:

    @Shad, thats the point of the song..she can create anything she desires cause shes not apart of the machine

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  9. SirSims

    I used to be a die hard Lauryn Hill’s fan but she is only giving us crap. She can do better.

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  10. Seriously?

    Oh lawdd..

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  11. Devastation_Negative

    Capitalism runnin’ through’em like a rumor business..
    Television runnin’ through’em like an organism..
    European fetishism.. terrorism
    Habitual inferior visions consumerism…..
    Help the people cope, Sell’em dope.. synthetic hope..

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    Ken Evolution Reply:

    @Devastation_Negative, I love it. Omg!

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    Devastation_Negative Reply:

    @Ken Evolution,
    I’m lovin’ it too.. the content and the quality of what she is saying is important and on time!.. I read someone describe it as hip hop punk…. I love that too.. I’m ready to hear music that speaks to the times.. I’m ready for hip hop to have diverse sounds.. I think she just pushed the sound and lyrics to another level. Whatever they say about Ms. Hill – Devastation_Negative!..

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  12. UnapologeticMessage_Pouritup

    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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  13. Kalin

    Lauryn, girl ….

    People hyped this woman up as the early Messiah on the basis of ONE album and now she’s lost her fucking mind. Child, please. Erykah Badu shits all over her and always has.

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  14. David

    But she can rap better than any other raper now, she just don’t want to be associated with the mainstream music industry, she is not doing commercial music, so we will not expect her to do commercial music. She is very talented, but this society only want to listen to club bangers and not songs with meaning and substance.

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  15. digiterati

    Guys, this song comes from “LETTER from exile”. they are written like LETTERS à la stream of consciousness. You may not like the song, but can u please know what you are talking about before you post your paper-thin comments? I would tell you to go listen to Miley or Nicki, but you really need Lauryn Hill in your life. Come on, take a seat and educate yourself with avant-garde and originality. Anyway, your fave’s gonna copy this in the future, so you better like it now if you don’t wanna sound an hypocrite.

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @digiterati, Shut the fuck up.

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @digiterati, Shut the f-ck up.

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    digiterati Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, articulate or read a book and come back. illiterate.

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    digiterati Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, articulate. read a book and come back. you illiterate.

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    Chillin Reply:

    @digiterati, Thank you!!! these illiterate fools like the above are so mis-informed..this is genius!

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    fa Reply:

    you would rather listen to the same fucking song a 100 times talking about money, ridin a D&%$ and twerking than touch a book or read the news.
    What kind of children will you produce and set out in the world?
    What values will you teach them kids?
    That’s scary man, so scary!

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @fa, Watch your mouth. You dont know me and I don’t know you. Keep it cute.

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    Andy Reply:

    @fa, your mom’s vag¡na is scary, so scaaaryyy!! Who the f-ck you think you are to say others they don’t have values? I don’t see you doing something for society besides commenting on Internet like you gonna change somebody minds.

    I don’t see a problem on commenting or leaving opinions about others tastes but people like you who think they’re in the right path and think they can judge and critic others behavior shouldn’t be allowed to speak

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    Andy Reply:

    @digiterati, I don’t understand a hell what she’s saying, how I can educate myself with this? And why should educate myself with MUSIC? Wasn’t music supposed to be for entertainment? I go to school and that’s how I got my education not listening music, dumb delusional f@g-a$$ that thinks listen to real music. Shut the f-ck up please.

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    digiterati Reply:

    @Andy, oh you think that music, tv, cinema and traditional mass medio don’t educate or influence you? that’d be great but… they do. as for the lyrics, check rapgenius. just for the record, everything’s education also rap-up and me and you talking here :-)

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    digiterati Reply:

    @digiterati, ps why do you have to tell people to stfu on a comment section?

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    Andy Reply:

    @digiterati, because you should. It’s really annoying to see the same old crap about “real music” all time. Just leave and go hear Mozart.

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    digiterati Reply:

    @Andy, i didn’t talk about real music, i agree with bjork explanation of music (it’s on youtube). what i’m saying is that before the verdict there must be the sentence and before the sentence you gotta study the case; that means that people jumping on the commentboat without knowing ish get me on my nerves. then. if you listen to rita ora or mozart that’s none of my business. that’s what i meant, if u have so many prejudices your “stfu” will come so easily = no dialogue.

    Andy Reply:

    @digiterati, oh please, y’all always talking like you hear the best music in the world. I reiterate, I don’t understand what she’s saying and if she really want people to get her message she needs to do it correctly and do a good record which will ensure people to play her record. There is no really a discussion. You should stfu, simple and plain.

    Andy Reply:

    @digiterati, and pardon my vulgarity, I just get really mad sometimes.

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    Andy Reply:

    @digiterati, it obviously does but it isn’t supposed to be that way. I believe music is a way of expressing your feelings to others, whether is having sex all night or saving the world. I personally don’t care about the topic, I just like the melody and the singing/rapping.

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  16. channel_ROMAN

    She wants to be Erykah Badu and Azealia Banks at the same time.

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    Chillin Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, Let’s get it correct..they want to be her

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    digiterati Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, whaaaaaaat????? lmaooooooooooooooo

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    L'orel Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, Sit down. U obviously know nothing about Lauryn Hill’s content and lyrical ability. She is known for going in like this. Go watch her live performances and listen to her songs with The Fugees and even as a solo artist. If anything SHE influenced THEM.

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  17. Chillin

    This is DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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  18. H-Town, B*tch

    Ohh! $hit. she’s just trying this hard cuz she needs some bucks to buy drugs. c’mon, somebody give this old a$$ b*tch some free drugs to make her live us alone.

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  19. Sheketra

    I almost like it. I can admit I don’t like her delivery. I see this more as a spoken word piece than a song. I do appreciate her message and I really enjoy the beat. I just wish she’d slow down a bit. I concentrated on what she had to say and I still feel like I need the lyrics with a bouncing ball to truly keep up! I’m glad she’s out and I’m looking forward to the rest of her project.

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  20. Sam

    I like the delivery because it makes you focus on the song. And this is the point i think. You have to listen and breathe the words in and then maybe you will maybe understand it.
    And to those saying its hypocritical that shes put this on itunes..i dont see how. Its a comment on society that has grown and exploded in the last decade, something that she exiled herself from. I dont understand how you can then say that shes part of it. One goof thing though is that shes created discussion already!!!
    Also her delivery is on-point. If you understand music she does not miss a beat. The beat is layered, its not basic like the pop we get right now. She has totally blown this shit apart and yet her exile has made the people loose touch and not appreciate the message. Im so glad shes back even if its for a bit. The people need someone this outspoken, dont like her but take the message on board, understand it, discuss it and if you dont agree at this point then thats fine. But dont dismiss it when you havent given it a chance

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    Ken Evolution Reply:

    @Sam,Exactly! I love this record and appreciate her stance on the matter. This record is such a movement and I love that about Lauryn Hill, shes avant garde and not afraid to go against the norm.

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  21. bibi93

    good

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  22. rumor

    ppl says she want to be Erykah badu…lauryn was there before erykah…she was an mc before singer..so this is the first material where she raps ..maybe she will sing we dont know…but i like it..@Consumerism…

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  23. Jamie

    Lauryn has always brought social consciousness with her music. Don’t knock her or her music because you’re narrow-minded. This speaks! And for those of you saying she lost her mind/way, she seems pretty sane to me.

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    RDK Reply:

    @Jamie,don’t dis people because Lauren is acting crazy,she is rambling some sh1t i can’t understand i have to go to utube for the lyrics video to get what she is saying,i understand the meaning of the words but the way she fling it out there,it sound like gibberish,and she don’t even care she just fling it out there,and you expect people not to talk about it,because she is Lauren hills,she needs to respect her fans and do stuff like how she did on her album,her album will always be a classic and one of the best albums ever made in my opinion…i am far from narrow minded and me and others don’t need a gibberish’to understand the word,i have a prob with the way she just fling it out there

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  24. Ken Evolution

    This record has given me so much life; as a poet and artist myself I so get the direction Lauryn Hill has taken and just to hear the enriched vocabulary she has used to describe the concept of consumerism makes me feel elevated. For those of you that don’t understand the flow and words used to express this concept it is time to pull out a thesaurus and a dictionary because your vocabulary and perceptions are limited. If you can’t appreciate her style, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azelia and Azelia Banks are always available.

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    RDK Reply:

    @Ken Evolution,you acting so articulate,smart and all that and you failed to see the problem people is have with this,

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    Rihanna Retarded Fenty Reply:

    @RDK, The issue is that she didn’t place her bars in the typical 16 bar format that people typically receive from most mainstream rappers. Lauryn’s approach was to make the concept explained in an avant garde poetic manner and for that very reason she is being attacked. As her statement for the release of this record stated ” Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level.” If this isn’t the kind of eye opening and soul penetrating music you desire that’s fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I personally love and appreciate her approach to this record because it shows me that not everyone is into feeding the mainstream machine, I as an artist encourage this format of music, we need more soul in our lives, pop and what they now call hip hop is cool on occasions but when in a room with yourself sometimes you just need something that is going to elevate your mind. I wasn’t trying to demean anyone with my original comment, I was just responding to the so many who didn’t take time to look at her approach.

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    RDK Reply:

    @Rihanna Retarded Fenty,and what i am saying is,if people don’t like the approach don’t mean they are stupid,and don’t understand good music,most who is finding a prob with this is people who actually is a fan of hers,i know that it was a poetic approach,like when you go to listen them poets at a theater,something i love,they rather she make music like on her album,even thought it,s lauren people is going to talk if she do,s something they don’t like,that don’t me they don’t still respect and love her,the song is deep and full of substance,they don’t like the approach and format,jusr saying.

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  25. nicko

    Trash. U cant even understand what shes sayin. This bitch is crazy…

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    Help the people cope, sell em dope.. life spent living on a tight rope Reply:

    @Help the people cope, sell em dope.. life spent walkin’ on a tight rope,

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  26. bulletooth

    Interesting and this is only the beginning.

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  27. Lauryn fan

    thank you lauryn hill.you truly are a blessing,

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