Lauryn Hill out of prison, releases new song, 'Consumerism'
Lauryn Hill was released from federal prison on Friday, Oct. 4, after serving a three-month prison sentence for failing to pay almost $1 million in back taxes, her attorney, Nathan Hochman, told the Associated Press.
The 38-year-old rapper and singer began serving her time in a minimum security federal facility in Danbury, Connecticut, in July.
She pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes on earnings of about $1.5 million that she made between 2005 and 2007. Hill will spend the next three months under home confinement at her house in South Orange, N.J., as part of the terms of her plea agreement. She will also be on parole supervision.
Hill explained before she was sentenced that she planned to eventually pay the taxes, but had not been able to do so because she was not active in the music industry for a period of time.
"I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that," she said.
Hill is the mother of six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley.
"Consumerism is a track coming out on the eve of Ms. Hill's release," a post on the blog about the song said. "She wanted to get this music out while she was incarcerated, as it is a product of the space she was in while she was going through some of the challenges she has been faced with recently."
Hill said of 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."
Listen to Hill's "Consumerism" track below.