Unpack the Meaning of Lauryn Hill's "Consumerism" in the Song's New Lyric Video

"Consumerism," the knotty single Lauryn Hill released at the end of her recent prison sentence, has a lot to say. "I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it," she explained when she shared the song at the end of October.

With its rapid-fire delivery of a laundry list of -isms and other complicated concepts, it's one that requires careful listening as well as, perhaps, a pen and paper to take notes. To make that note-taking easier, Lauryn Hill offered a lyric video for the song today on her website. Juxtaposing the lyrics with images from world events, old TV broadcasts and other ephemera, it makes its dissection of trends ranging from modern-day McCarthyism to pessimism to consumerism that much more upfront.

Check out the lyric video for "Consumerism" above. Additionally, Lauryn Hill begins a short tour on December 10. The upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Dec. 10: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom 
Dec. 15: Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Dec. 18: Boston, MA – Le Royale
Dec. 22: Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Dec. 26: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Dec. 28: Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre

[via Fader]

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