Angel Haze

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Angel Haze
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Angel Haze performing in October 2012
Background information
Birth name Raykeea Angel Wilson
Born (1991-07-10) July 10, 1991 (age 23)
Detroit, Michigan, United States[1]
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, singer
Years active 2010—present
Labels Republic, Island
Associated acts Rudimental
Website www.angelhazemusic.com

Raykeea Angel Wilson[2] (born July 10, 1991),[3][4] better known by her stage name Angel Haze, is an American rapper and singer signed to Universal Republic and Island Records. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the Greater Apostolic Faith.[5] In 2012, Haze released her EP Reservation for free online, she later signed a record deal with Universal Republic Records later moving to Republic Records. On August 28, 2013, Haze released her first single from her debut album, "Echelon (It's My Way)."

Early life[edit]

Raykeea Angel Wilson was born on July 10, 1991, in Detroit, Michigan, to a military family. She is of mixed African and Native American ancestry, and is a self-taught speaker of Tsalagi.[6]

Haze was raised under the Greater Apostolic Faith, which she has often likened to "a cult." Speaking of her religious upbringing with The Guardian, Haze said that, "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."[6] However, after a pastor threatened Haze's mother, her family left the church and moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was 16 years old, then she soon began delving into the world of secular music.[7]

Wilson, through her cover of Eminem's song "Cleaning Out My Closet", acknowledges at the age of seven she was sexually assaulted multiple times by one man, and then later that man's friend joined in on the rapings. She was assaulted continually for an unknown period of time. Wilson had never told anyone about the sexual abuse, because she said she was scared to tell anyone and that people would not believe her if she did tell.[8] At a concert in the United Kingdom she said "This is the first and last time I’m going to perform this song" which she then did.[9]

Musical career[edit]

Angel Haze released her EP Reservation for free online in July 2012. It was met with critical acclaim, receiving a 88/100 score at Metacritic.[10] In the same year, she took part in the BET Hip Hop Awards' Cypher. She was also featured on Funk Volume artist Dizzy Wright's mixtape Free SmokeOut Conversations, on the remixed track for "Can't Trust Em". On her 2012 mixtape Classick, she recorded a cover of Eminem’s 2002 song, "Cleanin' Out My Closet". Earbuddy's John Downey wrote, "Haze’s take on Slim Shady’s classic tune might be the superior product."[11] It was announced that Universal Republic Records was going defunct, making artists including Haze to move from its roster to the revived Republic Records.[12] On December 9, the BBC announced that she had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.[13]

Haze performing live at Øyafestivalen in 2013.

On January 3, 2013, Haze released a diss track aimed at fellow rapper Azealia Banks, titled "On the Edge".[14][15] Haze also released another diss track towards Banks on January 4, titled "Shut The Fuck Up".[16] Haze later said in a radio interview with BBC Radio that she no longer has a problem with Azealia Banks, admitting she regrets the way the two rappers handled the public feud.[17] On March 27, it was announced that Haze would be featured on the cover of XXL Magazine's annual "Freshman Class" cover.[18] On May 16, British recording artist Natalia Kills announced that she was collaborating with Haze in the studio for her second album, Trouble.[19][20] In early 2014, a remix of Kills' single 'Problem' by Willy Moon was released that features new vocals by Haze. In May 2013, Haze and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea debuted a cover of Kanye West and Jay-Z's 2011 song "Otis" at a performance in London.[21] At the same event, Haze gave a performance of a track off her upcoming debut album Dirty Gold, titled "No Bueno."[22]

On August 28, she released her first single from her debut album, "Echelon (It's My Way)." On December 18, Haze leaked her own album, Dirty Gold, in its entirety. The leak happened following a dispute with her record label, which Haze wrote about in a series of tweets expressing her outrage. It was supposedly scheduled for release in March 2014 as her debut studio album.[23] Dirty Gold was finally released in December 30 to positive reviews but weak sales,[24] selling 857 copies in its first week in the United Kingdom, and less than 1,000 copies in the same period in the United States.[25][26]

In June 2014, she recorded the theme song to 22 Jump Street featuring fellow rapper Ludacris.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Haze describes herself as pansexual with an androgynous style.[28] 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."[5] In 2014, Haze confirmed that she was dating the American Model Ireland Baldwin.[29]

Haze lived in Springfield, Virginia.[30]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Dirty Gold

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
New York EP

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Details
New Moon
Altered Ego
  • Released: January 16, 2011[34]
  • Format: Digital download
King
  • Released: July 12, 2011[35]
  • Format: Digital download
Voice EP
  • Released: April 19, 2012[36]
  • Format: Digital download
Reservation
  • Released: July 17, 2012[37]
  • Format: Digital download
Classick
  • Released: October 25, 2012[38]
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
UK UK
R&B
"Battle Cry"
(Angel Haze featuring Sia)
2013 70 12 Dirty Gold
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Song Year Artist Album
"Can't Trust 'Em" 2012 Dizzy Wright SmokeOut Conversations
"Freestyle" Bassnectar Freestyle - EP
"Hell Could Freeze"[39] 2013 Rudimental Home
"Shit, Man!"[40] Skylar Grey Don't Look Down
"Lootin in London" rdgldgrn Red Gold Green
"Papaoutai" Stromae Racine Carrée
"Eating Rappers" Crudbump The Judas Beats Album
"I Love You" Woodkid The Golden Age
"Illuminati Shit" Crudbump The Judas Beats Album

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Director(s)
"New York" 2012 Adrienne Nicole[41]
"Werkin' Girls" Alex Lee & Kyle Wightman[42]
"Gossip Folks" Arnaud Muller
"No Bueno" 2013 Frank Borin[43]
"Echelon (It's My Way)" Skinny[44]
"Battle Cry" 2014 Frank Borin[45]
"A Trible Called Red" Rollo Jackson[46]
"Same Love" Kane Chattey, Lewis Knaggs & Will Lite[47]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2012 MTV Brand New For 2013[48] Herself Nominated
BBC Sound of 2013[13][49] Herself Third
NME 50 Best Tracks of 2012[50] "New York" #29
Pitchfork Media 100 Best Tracks of 2012[51] "Werkin' Girls" #75
2013 Popdust Next Pop Superstar of 2013[52] Herself Nominated
O Music Awards Best Web-Born Artist[53] Herself Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "One to Watch: Angel Haze, Rapper, 21" – News – Music. The Independent (2012-11-03). Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  3. ^ "AngelHaze: July 10th RT @azurita_3: I'm". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ Angel Haze – About. Facebook. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
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  6. ^ a b Macpherson, Alex (January 31, 2013). "Rapper Angel Haze on religion, rape, and survival". The Guardian (London). Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "New Music: Angel Haze – ‘No Bueno’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Angel Haze: Cleaning Out My Closet". TheRealAngelHaze. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  9. ^ "Interview: Angel Haze, the rapper fighting rape culture". London: telegraph.co.uk. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  10. ^ "Reservation (Mixtape) - Angel Haze", Metacritic.
  11. ^ Downey, John. / Angel Haze – Classick Review. Earbuddy. 19 November 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  12. ^ "Angel Haze now with Republic". Retrieved November 24, 2012. [dead link]
  13. ^ a b "Sound of 2013 Profiles: Angel Haze". BBC. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  14. ^ Angel Haze Posts Azealia Banks Diss Track, Clash Magazine, January 4, 2013.
  15. ^ New music: Angel Haze – On the Edge, guardian.co.uk, January 4, 2013.
  16. ^ "Angel Haze posts new Azealia Banks diss track 'Shut The Fuck Up'". Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  17. ^ Haze, Angel. "Angel haze talks growing up in a cult". 
  18. ^ "HipHop DX article". Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  19. ^ Kills, Natalia (May 16, 2013). "NataliaKills". Twitter. Retrieved August 1, 2013. "In the studio with @AngelHaze" 
  20. ^ Kills, Natalia (July 30, 2013). "Natalia Kills To Release Sophomore Album 'Trouble' on September 3rd". Cherrytree Records. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Angel Haze and Iggy Azalea team up on new version of Watch The Throne track 'Otis' - listen". NME. May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Angel Haze Debuts 'No Bueno' In London (Video)". Vibe. May 29, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
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  28. ^ Osorio, Kim (2012-07-05). "Angel Haze: What This Up-And-Coming Female MC Says Will Make You Listen". The Source. 
  29. ^ Ella Alexander (2014-06-27). "Angel Haze on Ireland Baldwin: ‘An interracial gay couple, I mean that’s just weird for America right now’ - People - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  30. ^ Zeichner, Naomi (2011-05-24). "Angel Haze Has Got Talent and a Whole Lot of Issues". The Fader. 
  31. ^ Alex Young, "After leaking album, Angel Haze’s Dirty Gold gets new release date", Consequence of Sound, December 19, 2013.
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  34. ^ "Angel Haze - Altered Ego". WordPress. January 16, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
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  38. ^ Lobenfeld, Claire (October 25, 2012). "Download Angel Haze's Classick Mixtape". The Fader. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Emeli Sandé for Rudimental debut album". Digital Spy. 2012-11-22. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
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  44. ^ Minsker, Evan (October 2, 2013). "Video: Angel Haze: "Echelon (It's My Way)". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  45. ^ Minsker, Evan (February 18, 2014). "Video: Angel Haze: "Battle Cry". Idolator. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  46. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Video: Angel Haze: "A Trible Called Red". 
  47. ^ "Angel Haze x Macklemore & Ryan Lewis / "Same Love" (Remix) Live Performance: SBTV". SB.TV. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  48. ^ "MTV's Brande New For 2013 Nominees announced". MTV. 2012-11-28. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  49. ^ "BBC Sound of 2013: Angel Haze". BBC. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  50. ^ "50 Best Tracks of 2012". NME. 2012-11-20. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  51. ^ "100 Best Tracks of 2012". Pitchfork Media. 2012-12-17. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  52. ^ "VOTE NOW! Help Decide The Next Pop Superstar of 2013!". 
  53. ^ "Best Web-Born Artist". Viacom. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 

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