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Lauryn Hill’s ‘Consumerism’ Video Visualizes Evils of the World

Former Fugees star's final song from prison demystified in lyric clip

picture-18276-1372868632Chris Martins // December 4, 2013

On the eve of her release from prison in October, Lauryn Hill released the song “Consumerism,” wherein she “rapidly and raspily assails all matter of ‘isms’ atop a loose, live-sounding rhythm section.” SPIN’s Marc Hogan wrote at the time, “It’s hard to keep track of all Hill’s specific criticisms — how do you pull a single drop out of a flood?” Well, how about a lyric video?

Above, you can see Hill’s creation in consort with Jon Casey, in which a collage of secondhand footage is employed to illustrate the frustrations called out in the song. With the lyrics pasted over shots of various injustices and oddities, it’s a bit easier to sink one’s teeth into the evils Hill puts on blast.

Also, be sure to revisit the former Fugee’s homecoming show at the Bowery Ballroom.