Now that she has left prison, Lauryn Hill is ready to get back to work.
The Grammy-winning artist has been given a six-week reprieve from her three-month home detention in order to go on the road and tour.
“Ms. Hill has been permitted by Judge Arleo to work and go on concert during the last six weeks of this year,” her attorney Nathan Hochman said in a statement to ABC News. “Once she completes touring, then she will finish the balance of her three months of home detention.”
Hill, 38, was released from federal prison last Friday after serving a three-month sentence for failing to pay taxes.
But even behind bars, she has been busy working on her music. “Consumerism,” a brand new track she premiered on the eve of her release, was recorded in part before she entered a federal prison in Danbury, Conn., back in July, then completed via phone calls and emails while serving out her term.
Subtitled “Part One: Letters From Exile,” the new track takes shots at “ageism, sexism, racism, fascism and neo-McCarthyism” as well as “corporate greed in Jesus’ name.”
“I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it,” Hill wrote on her Tumblr page. “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.”
Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying taxes on more than $1.5 million earned from 2005 to 2007. In addition to serving her prison term, she’s required to spend three months under home confinement, according to the terms of her plea agreement.
A mother of six, she lives in South Orange, N.J.
The former member of the Fugees has said she stopped paying taxes after she dropped out of the music business to protect herself and her children.
Earlier this year, Hill signed a new record deal with Sony Worldwide Entertainment to launch a new label on which her new music will be released. She said on her Tumblr that after being silent for “an extensive healing process,” she is now speaking out.
“I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings,” she wrote.