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.
Despite dropping her debut album under rather dubious circumstances, Angel Haze has been on fire recently, releasing covers and snippets of future material. Listen via The 405's New Music section. [read more]
Things kicked off last night with a freestyle over Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’. The direction of her anger is much different to Kanye’s, Yeezy choosing to focus on the perceptions of race in the media while Haze chooses to focus on critics and, of course, Azealia Banks, yet her anger and ferocity as she spits those words like a snake does venom is no different. [read more]
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]