Angel Haze

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i'm saaaaaaatan
and imma take your ass to church now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hKP5ljDar8

this girl is the most exciting young rapper around right now. her new mixtape reservation (out next tues) has been blowing.my.mind this week - both for the tracks where she goes hard, like above, but also for the softer stuff: "gypsy letters" is perfect bittersweet summer-crush reminiscence, "smiles n hearts" is emotionally fucking draining ~srs thoughts~. some of you may remember that i was super high on her stuff last year, and she's seriously stepped her game up in terms of tightening her songwriting, hooks and flow. (reservation is her first mixtape of all original beats, i think.)

those other tracks aren't online yet but this cosmic love jam from last year's altered ego mixtape is still one of the best things i've ever heard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEObhpJ18oo

[and because labels suck but are unavoidable to an extent: native american heritage, queer, childhood cult survivor.]

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Friday, 13 July 2012 11:21 (six years ago) Permalink

In addition to the glorious Fall For Your Type (Remix), you should listen to 'Things Money Can Buy', her take on Drake's 'Dreams Money Can Buy' because she's somehow able to take Drake-penned numbers and while keeping much of their meter and rhythm turns them into contemplative philosophical based love and/or inspirational jamz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOfaTK8Sln4

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 13 July 2012 18:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Must hear this new mixtape.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 July 2012 18:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Her Yonkers is also pretty intense and maybe more disturbed than Tyler's:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DezcgCwwRnc

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 13 July 2012 18:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Her first two mixtapes, Altered Ego and No Greater Love got "best of" compiled into one called KING and it's harder to track down the earlier versions, but Altered Ego especially has some necessary jamz that don't appear elsewhere.

Her Voice EP came out earlier this year, and despite the name was really a mixtape.

Oddly, Reservation is being called a mixtape, but is all original beats and getting put out on vinyl so it's really more of a debut LP.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 13 July 2012 18:07 (six years ago) Permalink

couple more tracks from reservation are out there -

werkin' girls http://soundcloud.com/pinboardblog/angel-haze-werkin-girls
hot like fire (yes, as in the aaliyah song) http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hot-like-fire-by-angel-haze-free-mp3-20120713

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Friday, 13 July 2012 18:10 (six years ago) Permalink

i think the thing that i was trying to get at in my review was that her confessional-cathartic stuff has the potential to resonate HARD with what could be a very, very loyal fanbase

this story from last year is good on her background - http://www.thefader.com/2011/05/24/feature-angel-haze-has-got-talent-and-a-whole-lot-of-issues/

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Friday, 13 July 2012 18:12 (six years ago) Permalink

I didn't really enjoy the Voice EP as much as I liked Altered Ego, but the tracks posted here from the new one sound great. I think she's super talented and hope this gets some shine.

Regional Tug (irrational), Friday, 13 July 2012 18:19 (six years ago) Permalink

Her old spoken word poetry from her YouTube channel is great, also.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 13 July 2012 18:20 (six years ago) Permalink

i think this is the Azealia Banks i actually like

cuteforce, Friday, 13 July 2012 18:24 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't really get the comparison.

Regional Tug (irrational), Friday, 13 July 2012 18:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't really get the Banks/Haze comparison besides the fact that they're queer female rappers.

Azealia's always been more hipster-dance adjacent and spits rapid fire syllable-play over 90s house etc. Her flow is more important than its content for enjoyment of her music, imo. (Although the content is fun too, although more party + sex raps)

Angel, even though she's capable of going hard, raps overtop more boom bap stuff and more 'traditional' hip hop beats, and (often but not always) her lyrics *are* clearly not just meticulously 'composed' but also intended to be listened to as self-expression.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 13 July 2012 18:43 (six years ago) Permalink

what cult did she survive?

perry en concrète (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 14 July 2012 20:36 (six years ago) Permalink

In the fader piece I linked

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Saturday, 14 July 2012 23:33 (six years ago) Permalink

alex, i think you compared quite well: haze feels more real

cuteforce, Sunday, 15 July 2012 00:30 (six years ago) Permalink

RT @NativeRaeen: Listen to Angel Haze's RESERVATION in its entirety NOW. CLICK THE LINK. http://bit.ly/MznLoE

^^do it

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:29 (six years ago) Permalink

haha spin STILL auto-redirects me away from every page i try to visit

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:33 (six years ago) Permalink

okay "New York" is fucking fantastic

PITILESS LIVE SHOW (DJP), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Love that it opens with a music box playing 'Over the Rainbow'. How Haze is that. So many feelings. lol.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:38 (six years ago) Permalink

approve of this aaliyah sample

J0rdan S., Monday, 16 July 2012 16:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah. The Aaliyah sample is great.

Two tracks in and it already feels more cohesive than the previous mixtapes. There's real effort to present Angel in all her facets but less... ramshackle?

Wicked Moon is great, despite it kind of being horrorcore + dubstep + one verse of quasi-toasting + the return of Nicole Wray.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:46 (six years ago) Permalink

the second verse of "new york" is so amazing

i am - zero past a hundred
spittin like a dragon that went missing from a dungeon
y'all a bunch of n*ggas gettin trippy offa nothing
tie a rope a round your neck and lemme kick you off a bungee
i'm SAAATAN, and imma take your ass to church now
running my fields and you n*ggas on your first down
i love it when these bitches know i'm better than em
cuz i don't hear not a word nor a letter from em

i'm a fire in the midst of the forest round bitches
and i rap elliptical orbits round bitches
anaconda, i sit with an open mouth bitches
and you bitches are lyrically like some fuckin down's syndrome
no offence, no shade and all
but y'all bitches on knees like babies crawl
you can catch me out in covert, chilling like a stoop kid
yeah hate, don't talk bitch, do it

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:47 (six years ago) Permalink

Wicked Moon is great, despiteBECAUSE it kind of being horrorcore + dubstep + one verse of quasi-toasting + the return of Nicole Wray.

corrected!

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:48 (six years ago) Permalink

ha I read that description and was "oh is that the fucking fantastic song I'm listening to right now?" and... it was!

PITILESS LIVE SHOW (DJP), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah. Fair enough. I think I meant that the description does not sound appetizing and then it is. Mostly the horrorcore + dubstep parts sound iffy when described but it's so damn good.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Also can we talk about how the beat for ‘New York’ sounds like a sample from that Gil Scott-Heron record mixed with the handclap jump-rope ‘No Music’ break in the middle of Lil Mama’s ‘Lipstick’ and the trunk-rattlin’ thump from Grindin’?

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 16 July 2012 16:58 (six years ago) Permalink

my reference point was the Diwali riddim with the synths stripped out, basically Lumidee on steroids

PITILESS LIVE SHOW (DJP), Monday, 16 July 2012 17:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh shit. You're right. My bad.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 16 July 2012 17:10 (six years ago) Permalink

I want to play "Jungle Fever" on endless loop

PITILESS LIVE SHOW (DJP), Monday, 16 July 2012 17:18 (six years ago) Permalink

did she dropped a video with rick ross last year or am i mistaking her for someone else ?

sisilafami, Monday, 16 July 2012 17:40 (six years ago) Permalink

that was Reema Major

Number None, Monday, 16 July 2012 17:40 (six years ago) Permalink

oh yeah.

next question : how is this an ep ?

sisilafami, Monday, 16 July 2012 17:50 (six years ago) Permalink

The same way Dawn Richard's 'Armor On' is.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 16 July 2012 17:51 (six years ago) Permalink

I want to play "Jungle Fever" on endless loop

― PITILESS LIVE SHOW (DJP), Monday, July 16, 2012 10:18 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

rob, Monday, 16 July 2012 18:45 (six years ago) Permalink

have to admit the opening of Sufferings First made me think I was on spotify and one of their shitty guitar-strumming ads had started

rob, Monday, 16 July 2012 18:50 (six years ago) Permalink

New york, hot like fire, werkin girls & realest are the songs i like. The rest is pretty meh imo.

sisilafami, Monday, 16 July 2012 19:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Also can we talk about how the beat for ‘New York’ sounds like a sample from that Gil Scott-Heron record mixed with the handclap jump-rope ‘No Music’ break in the middle of Lil Mama’s ‘Lipstick’ and the trunk-rattlin’ thump from Grindin’?

― twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, July 16, 2012 9:58 AM Bookmark

It is a sample from the GSH record

chain the color of am0n (The Reverend), Monday, 16 July 2012 23:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Jungle Fever 9Remix) the first trk I'm feeling so far.

pandemic, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:20 (six years ago) Permalink

And 'Castle On A Cloud' as well.

pandemic, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:26 (six years ago) Permalink

"castle on a cloud" is intense

to download:

http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/review/angel-haze-reservation/

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 18:17 (six years ago) Permalink

WOW at "Werkin' Girls".

Tim F, Thursday, 19 July 2012 22:46 (six years ago) Permalink

like a cheetah in a jungle but i'm muthafuckin faster
like a pre-teen boy in a church with a pastor

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Friday, 20 July 2012 09:36 (six years ago) Permalink

i be on that other shit, got that from my other bitch
she come from an island or a desert or some TUNDRA SHIT

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Friday, 20 July 2012 09:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Tundra shit is great yeah

Number None, Friday, 20 July 2012 09:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Best thing I've heard in a while I'm thinking. Real "R.P.M." vibes.

Tim F, Sunday, 22 July 2012 04:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I think I only like a few tracks from this. Too much DEEP THOUGHTS Angel Haze, which I've never had much use for.

The Reverend, Monday, 23 July 2012 02:46 (six years ago) Permalink

otm

MikoMcha, Monday, 23 July 2012 10:28 (six years ago) Permalink

DEEP THOUGHTS angel haze is what makes her special though imo - my favourite trax are also the bangers but without the DEEP THOUGHTS trax she's just another fast-tongued swag rapper with an ear for a simile.

lex pretend, Monday, 23 July 2012 13:44 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah I agree with that - or, well, I haven't really thought about like the status of Angel Haze as a rapper, but certainly on this the tunes like "Gypsy Letters" and "Castle on a Cloud" really set off my actual favourites like "Workin' Girls" and "New York".

I'm having a very Lex phase at the moment - playing this and Melanie Fiona a lot.

Tim F, Monday, 23 July 2012 13:48 (six years ago) Permalink

perhaps this is destined for the 'heatseekers' album chart in the us

dyl, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 01:19 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://instagram.com/p/lELvk8rmnl/

pearly-dewdrops' bops (monotony), Monday, 3 March 2014 10:44 (four years ago) Permalink

link won't open for me?

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 12:29 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

She needs to name some names.

longneck, Friday, 23 January 2015 20:21 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

her new tape is out. and it's rly good.

bla.p, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 15:56 (three years ago) Permalink

"impossible" and "babe ruthless" are amazing

lex pretend, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:43 (three years ago) Permalink

i just realized the producer went to high school w/ me O.o

dyl, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 06:17 (three years ago) Permalink

really great interview

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6693399/angel-haze-back-to-the-woods-exclusive

"yung rap morticia / no bible all scripture / real shit rap god, your favourite rapper's mortician"

this really is everything i hoped dirty gold would be

lex pretend, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:46 (three years ago) Permalink

it's crazy good. her best release so far imo

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 17 September 2015 06:12 (three years ago) Permalink

Halfway through first listen and I fucking love this.

Btw guys, the billboard article clearly says Angel Haze prefers "they" pronouns, so maybe good not to disrespect their wishes on that front?

emil.y, Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:33 (three years ago) Permalink

fuck sorry, my bad

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:57 (three years ago) Permalink

great interview w them

http://www.thefader.com/2015/09/17/angel-haze-back-to-the-woods-interview

lex pretend, Thursday, 17 September 2015 17:18 (three years ago) Permalink

i find it v funny that people talk of drake as setting the bar for confessionalism in rap when angel haze exists

lex pretend, Thursday, 17 September 2015 17:25 (three years ago) Permalink

i mean sure, but "dirty gold" was so bad it had me ready to revoke my stan card so i don't blame people for losing interest or not talking about them

carly bae jepsen (monotony), Thursday, 17 September 2015 23:47 (three years ago) Permalink

this is really much much better, and really Dirty Gold was their only "enhh" release so far

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 18 September 2015 00:36 (three years ago) Permalink

I have been caning this today. I'm sort of surprised I like the "singy" songs so much, as they are less my normal wheelhouse but pretty much everything about this record works for me.

Also, thanks Simon for being cool about being pulled up on the pronouns thing.

emil.y, Friday, 18 September 2015 00:46 (three years ago) Permalink

having read plenty about their experiences making this record I was mortified at myself for the slip tbh

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 18 September 2015 01:00 (three years ago) Permalink

meanwhile I like the sung songs less this time 'round, "Dark Places" excepted (only two listens so far). Good interview, horrible headline.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 September 2015 01:01 (three years ago) Permalink

i generally like angel and ill check this out but them saying this makes me really uncomfortable “Last night I was super, super suicidal,”

obv its healthy to really express ones tru feelings but that strikes me as trivializing & idk if angel was really in that mindstate then get sum help immed dont do interviews to promote your mixtape

johnny crunch, Friday, 18 September 2015 01:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Obviously I haven't experienced the massive traumas that Angel Haze has, but having lived a life of feeling suicidal most days and repressing, repressing, always repressing my feelings, from childhood to adulthood, it is fucking refreshing to reach a state where you are able to say stuff like that out loud. Where you no longer give a shit if you are making people uncomfortable by expressing the bad shit in your brain. It's always there. They have said in interviews that they have sought and received help in the past, but help doesn't completely remove your mental health issues. If you didn't do "normal" stuff when in that mindset you wouldn't ever be able to do anything for the rest of your life.

emil.y, Friday, 18 September 2015 01:42 (three years ago) Permalink

emil.y the only time I had ever heard about angel haze was from professor Jack (nee Judith) Halberstam talking about her and jayZ/kanye and queer identity (with relation mostly to anarchy and otherness) - I know this video is very long but you may find it interesting. Or even VERY interesting, as I do. I'd start the video at around 6:30 if you want to get to the meat but the whole thing is a mindfuck par excellence.

https://witchesunionhall.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/no-church-in-the-wild-queer-anarchy-and-gaga-feminism-by-jack-halberstam/

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Friday, 18 September 2015 02:05 (three years ago) Permalink

Possibly too drunk to be watching this but doing it anyway - I like it so far, have heard of Jack Halberstam but never read his books.

emil.y, Friday, 18 September 2015 02:26 (three years ago) Permalink

J. Halberstam is amazing. I tried to start a conversation on the book Female Masculinity elsewhere (Gaga Feminism is interesting, but a bit of a mess) but it didn't go anywhere.

One of the things I really admire about Jack is Jack's refusal to police (or be policed by) pronouns.

The battle (which I've experienced) over what people call you isn't (in my experience) about the names or the titles; it's about respect. Obviously, refusing to call you by what you've asked is a deliberate move of disrespect. But people who are determined to disrespect you will find (again, in my experience) ways of turning that self-definition into just another way of disrespecting you. I really admire Jack's stance of attempting to remove the power. What matters is how one is treated; the pronoun is a tool, but it's not the thing itself.

Anyway this is off topic so I'm going to go and look for the mixtape. Soundcloud, yeah?

Dröhn Rock (Branwell with an N), Friday, 18 September 2015 08:05 (three years ago) Permalink

It's on Spotify if that's a thing you do.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 September 2015 08:20 (three years ago) Permalink

Cheers, that's v v useful thanks

Dröhn Rock (Branwell with an N), Friday, 18 September 2015 08:31 (three years ago) Permalink

jack halberstam is the worst

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Friday, 18 September 2015 12:03 (three years ago) Permalink

moonrise kingdom is terrific

johnny crunch, Friday, 18 September 2015 13:37 (three years ago) Permalink

getting a bit obsessed with this album. i love when the beats buckle and distort, i love how she turns pain into power both in her metaphors and her narratives, i love that she's so convincing that she even gets away with actually howling like a wolf

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I've been playing it non-stop since Thursday, "D-Day," "Exposed," "The Wolves" especially.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 14:10 (three years ago) Permalink

despite deep deep reservations due to how much I disliked the previous album, I finally played this

holy shit

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 19:21 (three years ago) Permalink

This is an incredibly strong contender for my album of the year.

emil.y, Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:18 (three years ago) Permalink

same

i was initially drawn to the hard-ass ones where she rips your face off, but wow, the melodies on this thing as well. seems like the one she took from her unfortunate major label experience was how to write better ~emotional hooks than sia. and the way she switches between rapping and singing works so well every time.

love the recurrent wolves and moons, so many lyrics that stop you in your tracks. "i know n*ggas ignore / that the blood in a queen runs the same in a whore", "my brain is a cage, it's the place where the beasts that i'm battling lay, man it's a wrap, i relax in my rage like a bat or a rat in a trap or a cave", "if suffering makes a god then let me know more of it"...those are just from "on fire". "detox" is fucking epic, "exposed" is just so raw

lex pretend, Thursday, 24 September 2015 17:23 (three years ago) Permalink

sorry, they, wasn't thinking

i wasn't really put off by dirty gold bc it's always seemed inevitable they'd make better music outside the major label system

lex pretend, Thursday, 24 September 2015 17:24 (three years ago) Permalink

i saw angel live a month or so ago and was somewhat put off by her playing new songs for the first 3/4 of the set and jumping into the audience for the second half of the set, making it impossible to actually see her in a crowd of some 6k
she was okay live but it's a single person hip hop show in a huge crowd, unless you're amazing it's hard for that to be the best possible concert
anyway, i really need to listen to the new one.

Meta Forksclove-Liebeskind (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 24 September 2015 17:58 (three years ago) Permalink

So good. In my top 5 for the year to date, for sure. "The Wolves" is :o and don't overlook "Bruises" near the end - a great bit of pop on top of everything else we've been offered up to that point.

Jeff W, Sunday, 27 September 2015 12:10 (three years ago) Permalink

in moonrise kingdom its something v obvious but what does the 'you gotta run / or theyll catch us and stop us from growing' sound like? partic how the second half is phrased

johnny crunch, Sunday, 27 September 2015 21:53 (three years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

http://sobs.com/2015/6177/angel-haze-back-to-the-woods-tour
Angel at SOBs in NYC on November 23 at 8pm
Good option for those of you doing the solo Tday thing in the city; except for her penchant for literally taking herself off the stage and general pontification, she puts on a show

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Monday, 26 October 2015 18:15 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

a bunch of November US dates

curmudgeon, Sunday, 15 November 2015 02:24 (three years ago) Permalink

I like how on “Dark Places,” Haze alternates between rapid, snarled patter and mournful sung verses over nicely programmed instrumentation from Tk Kayembe.

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 November 2015 20:22 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

(i'm seeing her tonight, hyped)

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 16 January 2016 13:38 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Reservation has been snuck onto Spotify, in case that might interest you.

Jeff W, Sunday, 21 February 2016 19:08 (two years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

She's the best.

Ross, Friday, 25 November 2016 19:15 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E6KYHxvEGg

classic

In a slipshod style (Ross), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 05:37 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

love angel haze

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN_nvLgR2_U

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 30 December 2017 23:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

back to the woods is a great slept-on record. Fraught with more paranoia and psychosis than the debut but wonderful all the same

Eris (Ross), Friday, 6 April 2018 15:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Don't know if it was mentioned on here anywhere, but Angel Haze is now called Roes

https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pansexual-rapper-angel-haze-officially-changed-name/

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 6 April 2018 23:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Classic classic classic

dig me out requiem (Ross), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 22:01 (three months ago) Permalink


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