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Back in May, Lauren Hill was sentenced to prison for failing to pay taxes for three months. She started her 3-month sentence on July 8th after refusing to pay $1.8 million in taxes. Now, she has been released and celebrated with a new song.
After she was arrested, she criticized pop culture for its hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism, and ageism. She claimed that threats to both her and her family were the reasons for her bailing on the music industry and not meeting her tax obligations, but it didn’t impress the judge.
According to TMZ, the Bureau of Prisons reported that Hill was released early this morning from the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.
In addition to being released from prison, she also decided to release a new track called "Consumerism" to celebrate her freedom. In the track, she raps incredibly fast about the society’s craziness.
Billboard reports that the song was written before she served her prison term and engineers mixed it while she was in prison.
Hill posted a message on her Tumblr to explain the reasoning behind the song:
"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 its level."
“Consumerism” will hold a spot on her upcoming project, Letters From Exile.
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