New Song: Lauryn Hill – ‘Consumerism’

Published: Friday 4th Oct 2013 by David

Hours before she is released from prison, Lauryn Hill unlocks a brand new number today, named….‘Consumerism‘.

Penned before she was incarcerated but mixed during her time away, the song will appear on her forthcoming studio effort, ‘Letters From Exile’, reportedly set for a 2014 release date.

Meet the brand new song and its accompanying message 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.

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.”

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  1. jake.ubb October 4, 2013

    Her flow is pretty crazy, I’ll give her that – but how about we tone it back, Lauryn. Make songs with messages and meanings that people can relate to. I’m all for expressing yourself, but I mean come on, sometimes less is more.

    Twitter: jmurdoc2 for a follow-back!

    • Dev October 4, 2013

      I kinda know what you mean, i think that she needs commercialism to spread her message as well as keep financially stable.

      • jake.ubb October 4, 2013

        Thank you Dev. I am glad someone understood what I meant rather than try to downplay anyone’s intelligence. It’s amazing what people think they can infer based on reading a couple sentences! I didn’t realize we were on a blog with some Harvard graduates who think they can make people feel stupid!

    • Kristina Cheyenne October 4, 2013

      Why don’t you learn what she’s speaking about. It’s called Higher Education.

      • Your life October 4, 2013

        Thank you! I don’t underrstand why people don’t step their knowledge up.

        You give these basic people something a bit beyond their comprehension and they beg for you to lower the bad.

      • Your life October 4, 2013


      • jake.ubb October 4, 2013

        @Kristina and @Your Life – I did not criticize the words she said, nor did I say anything about not understanding them. I simply said it is not relatable to the general masses. I was just commenting on how I thought she always pushes it a little too hard…It was an opinion on her music, and I am a fan. But I am glad you feel so elitist to try to tear people down online…by the way I have a bachelor’s degree and I am in law school right now. I believe that is called “Higher Education”. Damn some people are pressed this morning!

    • Goppit October 5, 2013

      Relate to? This is about how the higher ups are stealing from us, enslaving us and trying to manipulate us. This is relatable.

  2. Chile Please!! October 4, 2013

    Yesssss……..I know people are going to be like WTF is she saying….what is she talking about…….this is straight Brilliance at it’s best…Lauryn is not for the small minded. She straight killed this!

  3. FREE LAURYN October 4, 2013



  4. mr.m October 4, 2013

    Who is this monkey?

    • BLKUKSOUL October 4, 2013


    • Shut up and drive!!!! October 4, 2013

      It takes one to know one. Are you the green, white or yellow monkey?

  5. RoyalKev October 4, 2013

    Wow @ Lauryn’s talent. Her usage of words in rhyme is bananas. I just hope she’s not too complex for her own good. You have to feed things to the public in doses and say only a few complicated things at a time. That makes it standout more with out losing emphasis. If she would only simplify her message sometimes, it wouldn’t come across like she’s reading a dictionary. It’s unfortunate because what’s she trying to get across to everyone is worth listening to.

    • MostLogic October 4, 2013

      You mean dumb herself down? That’s ironic seeing as though her messages against that same thing. People need to think on a higher level and stop asking to be spoon fed intellectual messages that have depth to them. It could be that she wants people to use their brains and come up to her level instead of her coming down. Judging from a lot of the comments it’s apparent that The trash being played on the radio has really dumbed everyone down to the point where they don’t want to hear anything deep.

    • jake.ubb October 4, 2013

      Exactly. I know what you meant – and I know you don’t mean she needs to dumb herself down. She just needs to be clever with it rather than be so blunt, and I agree it does come off as a dictionary reading of sorts. Still hot, but if she is serious about a comeback when she is out of jail this is not the way to go.

  6. Stephy Tha Lambily October 4, 2013

    She is a musical genius.. Who never reached her full potential…

  7. lala October 4, 2013

    @ MR. M

    “Who is this monkey?”

    If you think education is expensive try ignorance. You are pathetic to call Lauryn Hill a donkey. You seriously have deep rooted issues.

  8. BLKUKSOUL October 4, 2013


    • RDK October 4, 2013

      Dumb @ss even Nicki respect Lauren Hills,what do you mean Nicki who,you don’t have to put down nicki to put Lauren up,lauren already have her spot,Nicki doing her thing Lauren is doing her thing…why do it always have to be one in you peoples eyes..look how much make Mc,s rappers hip-hop artist are out there and they all are doing there thing,in there own lan why can’t female hip-hop artist do the same.

      • FAF October 4, 2013

        I had to thumbs u down because Lauryn shouts out Nicki & Vice versa 😆

        its no EITHER OR

        just like Lauryn was on top when Missy & Kim were , she can still be loved (I was a Lauryn stan on forums before Nicki came out)

        Y’all start these stan wars that aren’t warranted. Lauryn is damn near 40 yrs old – she dont give a f*** about being called the QUEEN ,etc

      • RDK October 4, 2013

        FAF right.

  9. Queen slayer October 4, 2013

    No one wants to hear this s***. We want some Miseducation type stuff! FLOP!!!

  10. Joy October 4, 2013

    I wish her nathing but the best she is a true artist after oll..

  11. cocobutta October 4, 2013

    Hip Hop royalty lyrics..
    Doesn’t she run out of breath!!

    Those singing lungs come in handy when she does her rapping jeeeeez

  12. Casual October 4, 2013

    Wishing her well, but Lauryn’s got BILLS. She needs to get her commercial on.

    • FAF October 4, 2013

      But she doesnt NEED money she’s worth millions & the Marleys have millions more – the issue is she wasn’t paying taxes bc she doesn’t believe in the US system (which I don’t agree with if you’re going to live her) but she’s very cerebral almost like a genius to the point where it makes her CRAZY

  13. Savannah October 4, 2013

    No thanks. -plays The Miseducation and Unplugged-

  14. DeezNuts October 4, 2013

    No ma’am Ms. Lauryn Hill-ism.

    This song is too Angryism.
    Give us something we can rock to please..?

  15. JOHN October 4, 2013

    E P I C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Mark111 October 4, 2013

    You can tell that she really doesn’t want to be in this biz, nor world. I get it, she’s forced to sell herself again, but she’s not bowing. I will blast this in my car cause I get it, but these queens won’t. I like it, but I can see if people want the old her back in a new way. But the thing is, this always been L Boggie.

  17. KNUCK October 4, 2013

    I agree with the sentiment that she needs to bring it back a notch for the album. Her music and flow truly is awesome, but it’s not something that you would listen to over and over IMO. She actually got a lot of wisdom across on the Miseducation album, but it was also relatable. I actually love her singing and I just want to hear her hold some notes and get her harmony on again. If she can’t send it to radio (or they won’t play it) then it defeats the mission!

  18. JER October 4, 2013

    her rap sounds like it’s a damn punk rock song tbh.

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