Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

This April 15, 2011, file photo shows singer Lauryn Hill performing during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. (Spencer Weiner/AP)
This April 15, 2011, file photo shows singer Lauryn Hill performing during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. (Spencer Weiner/AP)

Lauryn Hill’s new post-jail single slams Consumerism (and a whole lot more) Add to ...

Consumerism

Lauryn Hill; streaming here

Lauryn Hill busted out of prison late last week, rhymes blazin’.

The tax-evading, rap-parading, social-crusading former Fugee no longer kills softly with her words. Instead, on her new single Consumerism, she speed-rhymes a flow of “isms” with a ferociousness that John Lennon could only imagine: European fetishism, sexism, dishpan Afroism, racism, neo-McCarthyism and “egotism, egotism, egotism, egotism, egotism, egotism, egotism, egotism, egotism – egotism.”

More Related to this Story

The beat rocks freaky and rat-a-tat, and a flute floats free like a butterfly. It’s a brutal spew for the ages – “Consumerism is running through him like a tumour in him” – and the chorus’s chant sweetly predicts self-destruction.

Hill’s three-month stint in the slammer did nothing to pacify her. This rehabilitation will not be televised.

Follow on Twitter: @BWheelerglobe

 

In the know

Most popular video »

Highlights

More from The Globe and Mail

Most Popular Stories