I’m pumped Lauryn Hill is out of prison. I’m pumped Lauryn Hill is making new music and has a new album planned. And I’m most of all pumped Lauryn Hill may once again be relevant in popular music. On to the substance.
“Consumerism” is Miss Hill at her most pessimistic. Lyrically, it is like a levy of vile concepts and questionable practices spewing from Hill’s lips without a chance for her or the listener to take a breath. I have no idea how much Hill has engaged in rapping over the past ten years in her self-imposed exile from popular culture, but it would appear she hasn’t lost her touch. There is a slight clunkiness to her delivery, but I would attribute that more to the mismatched accompanying music, than to a loss of skill.
This disjointed feel to the track is probably at least somewhat purposeful to further beat in that ideas like “racism”, “fascism”, “anarchism”, and yes “consumerism” do not make sense within the world we live. As for the production on the album, I simply can’t find any information on who was involved. It has a middle eastern feel to it, which is nice, but like I said earlier the timing is a little off between the music and Hill’s delivery, which can be distracting. This may have as much to do with the production being finished from prison on Hill’s part, as well as possible purposeful intent.
This is a nice release from prison present from Hill, even if it isn’t flawless. Let’s just hope she can really bunker down in the studio now and give us that full length follow-up to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill we’ve all been waiting for.