Lauryn Hill is a free woman. HipHollywood has confirmed that the singer has been released from federal prison after serving her 3-month sentence for tax evasion.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, Hill was released early Friday morning from the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Hill checked into the slammer back on July 8 after failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million in income.
To celebrate her release, Ms. Hill released a new song titled “Consumerism.” An entry written by Hill on her Tumblr page explains the track:
“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.”
Take a listen below.