Angel Haze

Angel Haze

Raeen Roes Wilson (born July 10, 1992)[2][3][4] known professionally as Angel Haze, is an American rapper and singer. In 2012, Haze released the EP Reservation and later signed a record deal with Universal Republic Records before moving to Republic Records.[5] On December 31, 2013, Haze released the debut album Dirty Gold, which featured the singles "Echelon (It's My Way)" and "Battle Cry". Haze has released a number of mixtapes, including Reservation, which was ranked the sixth-best mixtape of 2012 by Mike Diver of the BBC.[6] Angel's most recent mixtape is, Back to the Woods (2015).[7]

Early life[edit]

Haze was born in DetroitMichigan to a military family. Wilson is an African American, and also claims to be of Cherokee descent and to be self-taught in Tsalagi.[8]Haze was raised in the Greater Apostolic Faith, but is no longer practicing. In an interview with The Guardian, Haze stated: "we all lived in the same community, within 10 minutes of each other. You weren't allowed to talk to anyone outside of that, you weren't allowed to wear jewelry, listen to music, to eat certain things, to date people...you weren't allowed to do pretty much anything."[8] However, after a pastor threatened Wilson's mother, the family left the church and moved to Brooklyn, New York when Haze was 16 years old. Haze soon began to discover secular music.[9]

In 2012, Haze recounted the experience of being sexually assaulted as a child in "Cleaning Out My Closet", a song from the mixtape "Classick" that uses segments from Eminem's song of the same name.[4]

Musical career[edit]

Angel Haze performing live at Øyafestivalen in 2013.

From 2009 to 2012, Haze put out a number of mixtapes for free download on the Internet: New MoonAltered EgoKing, and Voice. In July 2012, Haze released the free mixtape Reservation to critical acclaim, receiving an 88/100 score from Metacritic.[10] On December 9, the BBC announced that Haze had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.[11]

On August 28, 2013, Haze released "Echelon (It's My Way)" as the lead single from the debut album, Dirty Gold. The entire album was leaked on December 18, 2013, prior to scheduled March 2014 release.[12] The album release was put forward and it appeared through Island Records and Republic Records on December 30, 2013, to positive reviews. It had low first-week sales [13] of just over 5000 copies sold.[14][15] On September 14, 2015, Haze released the mixtape Back to the Woodsannouncing that the project was just "something to share before a sophomore".[16] In March 2017 Angel released "Resurrection" [17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Haze identifies as pansexual and as agender.[19] Haze has said "I'm glad there's an actual woman of color representing queerness and pansexuality, someone who is like me in the spotlight."[20] In an interview with The Guardian, Haze stated that, "Love is boundary-less. If you can make me feel, if you can make me laugh – and that's hard – then I can be with you. I don't care if you have a vagina or if you're a hermaphrodite or whatever."[21] In 2015 Haze noted in an interview with BuzzFeed that "I feel like my agenderness and my gender identity have evolved",[22] while a year later Haze explained that "I sound like four people when I get written about as 'they'. It drives me crazy. If you call me 'him' or 'her' it doesn't matter to me. I don’t consider myself of any sex. I consider myself an experience."[23]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Catfish: The TV Show[24] Co-host Season 4 – Episode 3

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2012 MTV Brand New For 2013[25] - Nominated
BBC Sound of 2013[11][26] Third
2013 Popdust Next Pop Superstar of 2013[27] - Nominated
O Music Awards Best Web-Born Artist[28]
2014 BET Awards Best Female Hip Hop Artist[29]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Video with a Social Message[30] "Battle Cry"
2015 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Music Artist -

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ "Azealia Banks and Angel Haze trade shots on Twitter". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  2. Jump up^ Macpherson, Alex (31 January 2013). "Rapper Angel Haze on religion, rape and survival" – via The Guardian.
  3. Jump up^ Hoby, Hermione (2012-09-01). "Angel Haze: 'Right now, no one can beat me'"The GuardianISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  4. Jump up to:a b "Interview: Angel Haze, the rapper fighting rape culture"Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  5. Jump up^ "Angel Haze Talks Universal Republic Deal, Debut Album, & Azealia Banks Collabo"Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  6. Jump up^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcmusic/entries/5aa3dca6-2bb2-32ed-b3df-6b71ef4b1dbb
  7. Jump up^ "Reviews for Back To The Woods by Angel Haze – Metacritic"Metacritic.
  8. Jump up to:a b Macpherson, Alex (January 31, 2013). "Rapper Angel Haze on religion, rape, and survival"The Guardian. London. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  9. Jump up^ "New Music: Angel Haze – 'No Bueno'". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  10. Jump up^ "Reviews for Reservation [Mixtape] by Angel Haze – Metacritic"Metacritic.
  11. Jump up to:a b "Sound of 2013 Profiles: Angel Haze". BBC. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  12. Jump up^ "Angel Haze Says ‘F**k You’ to Label, Leaks their Album"Rap-Up.
  13. Jump up^ "Reviews for Dirty Gold by Angel Haze – Metacritic"Metacritic.
  14. Jump up^ "Angel Haze Isn't Bothered By Her Low Record Sales – XXL"XXL.
  15. Jump up^ "Angel Haze's Dirty Gold sold 857 copies first week in the UK, not the Billboard 200 – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music."FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.
  16. Jump up^ "Stream: Angel Haze's new project Back to the Woods"Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  17. Jump up^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7777007/angel-haze-resurrection-video-premiere-interview
  18. Jump up^ http://www.thefader.com/2016/11/22/angel-haze-resurrection-single
  19. Jump up^ Osorio, Kim (2012-07-05). "Angel Haze: What This Up-And-Coming Female MC Says Will Make You Listen"The Source.
  20. Jump up^ "EXCLUSIVE: Angel Haze on questioning her family, her sexuality & God"www.out.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  21. Jump up^ Hoby, Hermione (2012-09-01). "Angel Haze: 'Right now, no one can beat me'"The Guardian. London.
  22. Jump up^ Keating, Shannon (March 27, 2015). "The Evolution Of Angel Haze"BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  23. Jump up^ Smyth, David (January 15, 2016). "Angel Haze, interview: 'At home, I’m dead. But on stage, I’m God'"Evening Standard. Retrieved 2016-09-04.
  24. Jump up^ "Angel Haze on "Catfish" and helping a homophobic mom love her bisexual daughter on "Truce" - AfterEllen"AfterEllen.
  25. Jump up^ "MTV's Brande New For 2013 Nominees announced". MTV. 2012-11-28. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  26. Jump up^ "BBC Sound of 2013: Angel Haze". BBC. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  27. Jump up^ "VOTE NOW! Help Decide The Next Pop Superstar of 2013!". Archived from the original on 2015-03-03.
  28. Jump up^ "Best Web-Born Artist"Viacom. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  29. Jump up^ "Best Female Hip Hop Artist"BET.
  30. Jump up^ "2014 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations: Get The Full List". MTV. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-08-26.

Music