Listen to Angel Haze freestyle over Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Same Love'
I'll be honest, when I was put on assignment to cover the entirety of Angel Haze 30 Gold series, in which she releases a new freestyle every weekday for 30 days to celebrate the upcoming release of her debut album Dirty Gold, I was mainly expecting tracks like what we've already heard with the Kendrick Lamar or Kanye West freestyles; venomous, acidic, exciting wordplay that is carrying the mantle Lamar brought back with his verse on Big Sean's 'Control'.
So, expecting another track akin to those this morning, I wake up to find a freestyle over Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' LGBT anthem of last year, 'Same Love'. Knowing of Haze is herself a member of the LGBT community, I was prepared for an acidic rap aimed at the opponents of LGBT rights. Instead, we get something even better; a deeply personal rap which begins with her confronting her mother's hostility towards Haze's coming out at the age of 13 and then grows and grows into a confident exploration of what love is.
It's beautifully profound and Haze's own experiences, like with the Stephen Fry documentary on homosexuality last week, makes it even more poignant. There isn't much in the way of clever wordplay but, when you're focusing on a topic so deeply personal, you don't really need it, keeping it as minimal and to the point as possible. She's definitely succeeded in what will no doubt be one of the highlights of this 30 Gold series.
Angel Haze just leaked her debut album Dirty Gold ahead of its scheduled release date of March 3rd via Island/Republic Records due to wanting it out now: "Idc what happens after this. They will get the music they were promised. And you guys JUST MAY LEARN TO KEEP YOUR FUCKING WORD. Since they don’t want to put it out this year, I will." [read more]