As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following captioned photo here, being shared by the page, “Ms. Lauryn Hill,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…
Consumerism is a track coming out on the eve of Ms. Hill’s release. She wanted to get this music out while she was incarcerated, as 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. Available now on iTunes: http://bit.ly/MLH_C “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. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level.” – Ms. Lauryn Hill
The following correspondence originally took place upon my Facebook wall, after I posted artwork being shared by the page, “Self-Ownership“…
“Truth, Justice, Wisdom” or “99¢ Burgers”?
Jonas A.: YUP…Slaves to the .99 cent illusion for the death before dishonor shindig….
Nick M.: wait what is on the burgers?
Rayn: Most likely “pink slime,” which is “made by gathering waste trimmings, simmering them at low heat so the fat separates easily from the muscle, and spinning the trimmings using a centrifuge to complete the separation. Next, the mixture is sent through pipes where it is sprayed with ammonia gas to kill bacteria.” It is then added to ground beef as filler. 🙂 Yum!