The Fugees’ Lauryn Hill is breathing the air of a free woman after reportedly completing a three-month sentence for a tax-related conviction.
Details of Hill’s release in conjunction with the premiere of a new track called “Consumerism” spread Friday (October 4).
After serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion, Lauryn Hill is being released from prison later today and is marking the occasion with a new single called “Consumerism.” Hill speed-raps through a laundry list of societal ills over a chaotic rhythm that’s more Death Grips than “Killing Me Softly.” Her pointed voice brutally targets “corporate greed in Jesus’ name,” decrying ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, “compromised commercialism” and “neo-McCarthyism.” Hill’s release follows a controversial three-month sentence for failing to file tax returns on over $2 million in income over a two-year period beginning in 2005. Leading up to her incarceration, she cited historical racism as one of the bigger reasons for her tax woes. On a brighter note, she recently inked a deal with Sony and a new record is reportedly in the works. (Rolling Stone)
Although brief, Hill publicly spoke out from behind bars back in July.
Ms. Hill has received a lot mail, and would like to let everyone know that she is doing well. She also asked me to pass along this message: “I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials. Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them. Thank you for the letters of concern and well wishes that I receive in the mail every day. Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated. With Love back, MLH” (Lauryn Hill’s Tumblr)
A week prior, details of Lauryn’s first meal options surfaced online.
Lauryn Hill is living the PRISON HIGH LIFE … at least compared to Aaron Hernandez — and TMZ has the menu to prove it. Let’s start with their first meals … When Lauryn checked into Federal Correctional Institute in Connecticut on Monday to serve her 3-month sentence for tax evasion, she was served up with some tasty BBQ pulled pork with a side of carrots, peas and sweet potatoes. To wash it down: she was able to choose from an array of juices or milk. WHO’S HUNGRY? Compare that to Hernandez … whose first meal at Bristol County Jail included scrambled eggs and grits, and chop suey with green beans and bread. Prison chop suey? No thanks. (TMZ)
The reports also claimed she would be kept around other inmates and have various work duties.
As for day-to-day life, Hill will do menial work like cleaning the grounds, educational department help, yard work, or working in the religious services department. At night, she’s housed in barracks with other inmates so she can laugh and talk and have fun! Hernandez is being kept in a 3×5 cell for 21 hours a day, only allowed out for three hours a day, allegedly for his own safety. Oh … and he’s all alone in solitary confinement. Boooooring! So, what’s the lesson here? If you’re gonna break the law … try not to (allegedly) murder a guy (or three) … it’s better that way. (TMZ)
After being sentenced over the spring, Lauryn officially started her prison bid on July 8.
Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade. Hill reported to federal prison in Danbury, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. Inmates at the minimum security prison live in open dormitory-style living quarters and are expected to work jobs such as maintenance, food service or landscaping. (USA Today)
Check out “Consumerism”: