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.
I'm not quite sure what is going on with Angel Haze's 30 Gold series. We were meant to get a new freestyle every day for 30 days; probably a bit of a pipe dream since I imagine it is quite difficult to get that done well. Things have been getting a little more sporadic recently, the last one we heard was last Thursday's cover of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball, but now she's back to, once again, take inspiration from Gil Scott-Heron. [read more]