The former Fugees singer was also very strategic in when she released the speed-rap song “Consumerism” — she released it on the eve of her release because, “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,” her Tumblr account says.
The 38-year-old explains it this way: “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. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on.”