Today, October 4th, Lauryn Hill concluded her prison stint for tax evasion and was released. Our gift as fans and possible subjects of her new material? “Consumerism”, a spoken word drive of conscious thought and sixteens that sound like Ms. Hill enjoyed a bit more E-40 than we ever thought she did. Hill’s radical thoughts will be stretched out even further on her upcoming album, Letters From Exile.

Here’s her take on the track via her Tumblr page:

“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