"Don't let their ignorance cost your life!"

Angel Haze
english (New York)
angelhazemusic.com
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Angel Haze seriously triggers real things. To my knowledge she is the first to come out with a detailed depiction of rape as an experience on a rapsong (Cleaning out my Closet, off Classick). Respect for that, truly.

 

Lyrically she is hardcore, consequently freestylin’ on the Nicki Minaj/Eminem collab beat of Romans Revenge on her first mixtape King. Reservations brought her up to recognition, importing New York and Werkin’ Girls. With Classick she beatwise refers to central pieces of herstory of rap, inscribing her work in a row with strong rap artists, like Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Missy Elliott.

Dismissing any concessions in terms of marketability, Haze’s songs substantially are advocating for a perspective of those who have been threatened and violated existentially – with no appeasement to be expected as her verses evoke a violent imagery on their part, be it descriptive or metaphorically. This is what’s to be dealt with, for some this is the deal – I’m in.

 

King (mxtp, july 2011):

rapsearch.com/mixtapes/A/713-angel-haze/2486-angel-haze-king.html

1.Suffering First

2. How To Love

3. Things Money Can Buy

4. Roman’s Revenge

5. All Of The Lights

6. Love Sick Ave

7. Fill Your Space

8. The Show Goes On

9. Say Whats Real

10. Heaven

11. Fall For Your Type

12. Far Away

13. Next To You

 

 

VOICE EP (april 2012):

datpiff.com/Angel-Haze-Voice-EP-mixtape.339222.html

1. Heart

2. Look What You’ve Done

3. Starry Eyed

4. Practice (Live It Up)

5. Stranger ft Jhene Aiko

6. Higher

7. Circles

8. Trust Issues

9. No Church In The Wild

10. Phoenix

11. Theraflu

12. Word Vomit

13. Smile

 

 

Reservation (free EP, july 2012):

datpiff.com/Angel-Haze-Reservation-mixtape.373768.html

1. This Is Me

2. Wicked Moon (ft. Nicole Wray)

3. CHI (I Need To Know)

4. Supreme

5. New York

6. Hot Like Fire

7. Werkin’ Girls

8. Gipsy Letters

9. Jungle Fever (ft. Kool A.D.)

10. Realest

11. Castle On A Croud

12. Sufferings First

13. Drop It

14. Smile n Hearts

 

 

Classick (mxtp, october 2012):

livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/19362/angel-haze-classick.html

1. Bitch Bad

2. Gossip Folks

3. Song Cry

4. Love Of My Life

5. Doo Wop (That Thing)

6. Cleaning Out My Closet

 

 

(with Lunice) Gimme That (November 2012)

 

 

Dirty Gold (2013):

1. Sing About Me

2. Echelon (It’s My Way)

3. A Tribe Called Red

4. Deep Sea Diver

5. Black Synagogue

6.   Angels & Airwaves

7. April’s Fool

8. White Lillies / White Lies

9. Battle Cry ft. Sia

10. Black Dahlia

11. Planes Fly

12. Dirty Gold

13. Rose Tinted Suicide

14. Vinyl

15. Crown

16. New York

 

 

(James Blake Cover with Ellie Goulding) Life Round Here (2014)

 

 

Back to The Woods (a two month production with TK Kayembe, 2015):

1. D-Day

2. Impossible

3. On Fire

4. The Wolves

5. Moonrise Kingdom

6. Detox

7. Dark Places

8. The Eulogy

9. Gods

10. Babe Ruthless

11. Bruises

12. Exposed

13. The Woods

 

 

 

 

 

New York (july 2012):

vimeo.com/45790839

 

Werkin Girls (october 2012):

 

 

Gossip Folks (remake, off Classick mxtp, vid november 2012):

clashmusic.com/videos/angel-haze-gossip-folks

 

Love of My Life (remake, off Classick mxtp, vid 20th november 2012):

youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tiSRRNPMj48

 

No Bueno (june 2013):

youtube.com/watch?v=leM5gEV0tOM

 

A Tribe Called Red (official lyric video, december 2013):

youtube.com/watch?v=ARi7xWSf660

(i-D visuals, march 2014):

youtube.com/watch?v=HGEKm3NA9Is

 

The video of Battlecry deals with the very history of Haze being sexually abused and abandoned by her familiy in the environment of a Christian sect as a child. In the end, the song celebrates her victory over the people who were weak and didn’t care – and it is a shout out to everyone who has to face a similar past. Angel Haze has a passion for supporting survivors of sexual abuse and this track is part of that.

 

(featuring Sia) Battlecry (february 2014):

vevo.com/watch/GBUV71301615

 

(acapella version with Sasha Keable) A64 sb.TV – Battlecry (february 2014):

youtube.com/watch?v=nkBVCS2hMk4

 

Resurrection (May 2017):

 

 

 

freestyles, live,  collabs and else:

 

If You’re Contemplating with Suicide (acapella, april 2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=85FyDJMBtOQ

 

Theraflu (freestyle, april 2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=8y-Whc3-bhs

 

No Church In The Wild (acapella, may 2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=_cpipuxISKc&feature=related

 

BET Cypher 2012 (with A$AP, Rocky, Childish Gambino, Dricki Graham and Joey Badass) (october 2012): hiphoplead.com/video/asap-rocky-angel-haze-joey-badass-driicky-graham-childish-gambino-2012-bet-hip-hop-awards-cypher/

 

Shit I Don’t Like (Freestyle, october 2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=OugJdsQOs9Q

 

(with Lunice) Gimme That – Songs from scratch session (behind the scenes & interview, october 2012):

hypetrak.com/2012/11/angel-haze-lunice-gimme-that/

 

@ BBC 1Xtra freestylin’ New York lyrics (october 2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=yaKn7e-U3Io&feature=player_embedded

 

(with Lunice) Gimme That (November 2012):

the making of: vimeo.com/52066815

stream the result: soundcloud.com/yourstrulysf/angel-haze-lunice-gimme-that

 

No Bueno live in London (may 2013):

youtube.com/watch?v=ygzhZAjV6CM

 

“Girls up for Girls!” live Otis freestyle with Iggy Azalea, London (may 2013):

youtube.com/watch?v=qX_EQQqMoJQ

 

look what happend to TimWestwood: Haze is well respected in the UK and steps her lyrics over different rhythms at Tim’s capital Xtra format while chatting a bit about business (february 2014): youtube.com/watch?v=3RQ6oi4CxRQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The woods is where I feel most safe.”  Read how things where going after the leak of Dirty Gold and how Haze and their producer TK Kayembe became a joint force of expression over the years and an excess.  Aimee Cliff of The Fader magazine shows how to talk the background story without crossing the line. Interview, September 17, 2015.

 

“from pain to progress to promise, and prosperity”: Silk and Angel Haze talk her not knowing RZA while joining the BET Cypher in twentytwelve. But as a central subject, they go beyond the fact of her album Dirty Gold being out and discuss the actual meanings and background stories of the songs and the compilation as a whole. (silk.TV, february 2014)

 

“My mum knew I was going to tell everything” – an up-to-date background story  reveals how Angel deals with details of her history, and what they mean to her music. Included here for it’s decent tone. Printed by the guardian composed by Tom Lamont, (22. February, 2014)

 

“It has to mean something”. BBC Sound of 2013 – Angel Haze:

bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20866923

 

Radio Show: Angel Haze talks with DJ Enuff about the struggle of female MCs’ need to sexualize their art and presence in hip hop and what she plans on doing differently (july 2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=88RERY38P3c&feature=related

 

Introducing herself on The Source (july 2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=fw6C-6vH7Wc&feature=related

 

Angel Haze spins graphic narrative of sexual abuse on ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’ (by Kyle Anderson, october 24th 2012):  music-mix.ew.com/2012/10/24/angel-haze-cleaning-out-my-closet/

 

 

Cleaning Out My Closet

 

This might get a little personal, or a lot actually.
Parental discretion is advised.

 

When I was 10, shit, I believed I could fly
I would just flap my fucking arms and try to meet with the sky
And in my mind I’d envision that I was speaking with God
And then I’d chop his fucking fist off and beat him with mine
But this is just a fucking portion of the war with my mind
So Ima take you fuckers back in through the vortex of time
When I was 7, envision me at the bottom of stairs
And I solemnly swear that this is the truth, no fallacy here
See I was young, man. I was just a toddler, a kid
And he wasn’t the first to successfully try what he did,
He took me to the basement and after the lights had been cut
He whipped it out and sodomized and forced his cock through my gut
See, it was weird because I felt like I was losing my mind
And then it happened like it happened like millions of times
And I would swear that I would tell but they would think I was lying
And now the power that he held was like a beacon of mine
So now I got used to it, I put up with the shit
And now my hate was so volcanically eruptive and shit
But this is nothing cuz I guess he told his friend what he’d do
And they ate it up, shit, I was like a buffet for two
And then it happened in a home where every fucking one knew
And ain’t do shit but fucking blame it on youth
I’m sorry Mom but I really used to blame it on you
But even you, by then, wouldn’t know what to do
And now it happened so often that he was getting particular
And I’m more scared every time, word to my speeding ventricular
One night he came home and I was sleep in my bed
He climbed on top of me and forced himself between my legs
He told me, “hey Rae, I see you like them popsicle sticks
So put your mouth on my dick and suck and swallow the spit”
And I was confused, but I was scared, so I did what he said
I had no idea the effect it would have on my head
My heart was pumping, it was thumping, with like tons of my fear
Imagine being seven seeing cum in your underwear
I know it’s nasty but sometimes I’d even bleed from my butt
Disgusting, right? now, let that feeling ring through your guts
I thought of offing myself. I thought of killing these niggas
Wanted to take a fucking brick and push their teeth through their liver
Wanted to smash the fucking world and burn it’s leftover parts
Wanted to rip it out and just fucking step on my heart
Then I grew up and I wasn’t within the reach of these men
But that didn’t keep me out the mutherfucking reach of my sin
And psychologically, I was just as fucked as they come
I was confused. I had to prove I wasn’t fucked from the jump
I was afraid of myself. I had no love for myself.
I tried to kill, I tried to hide, I tried to run from myself
There was a point in my life where I didn’t like who I was,
So I’d create the other people I would try to become.
Sexuality came into play and with as scarred as I was
I was extremely scared of men, so I start liking girls
I started starving myself, fucked up my bodily health
I didn’t want to be attractive to nobody else
I didn’t want the appeal, wanted to stunt my own growth
But there’s a fuckin’ reason behind every scar that I show
I never got to be a kid so that’s as far as I grow
My mental state is out of date and that’s as far as I know
My biggest problem was fear, and what being fearful could do
It made me run, it made me hide, it made me scared of the truth
I’m not deranged anymore. I’m not the same anymore
I mean I’m sane, but I’m insane, but not the same as before
I had to deal with my shit. I had to look at my truth
To understand that to grow you got to look at your roots
I had to cut off the dead. I had to make myself proud
And I’m just standing, living, breathing proof, look at me now
I made it through everything. I made you look like a clown
I’m fucking great, can’t fucking hate you, nigga, look at me now
And I’m just saying this to tell you there’s a way from the ground
The makings of a legend are often hidden in trials,
So just be strong and just move on and just accept what you can,
Because it makes your story better when you read it. The end.

 

Yeah.

There’s a story behind every single scar that I show
I made it out, this a “me” nobody’s gotten before
I had to open my wounds. I had to bleed til I stopped it.
Thanks for joining me here as I clean out my closet.
I said, I opened my wounds. I had to bleed till I stopped it.
Thanks for joining me here as I clean out my closet. Check.