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.
Other than Corinne Bailey Rae playing somewhere in the background, this is as raw as you’re going to get. A spoken word poem directed at a former lover who left her heartbroken, Haze staring into the camera as she recites, with equal measures of heartache and venom, her message to whoever this lover who scorned her is. [read more]
Yesterday, I discovered, thanks to an advert on TV, that OneRepublic were still a thing. I'll be honest, my knowledge of them only stems from that one song that was remixed by Timbaland back in 2007 so I thought they did an Orson and had one song that everyone knew then faded into obscurity. Apparently not though, as the latest in Angel Haze's 30 Gold series is a cover of 'Counting Stars'. [read more]
The song comes from their new mixtape 'VS. (Other People's Heartache pt. III)', which is out 8 December. [read more]