Angel Haze

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Angel Haze
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Angel Haze performing in October 2012
Background information
Birth name Raeen Roes Wilson
Born (1992-07-10) July 10, 1992 (age 22)
Detroit, Michigan, United States[1]
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.angelhazemusic.com

Raeen Roes Wilson (born July 10, 1992),[2] better known by their stage name Angel Haze, is an American rapper and singer. They were born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the Greater Apostolic Faith.[3] In 2012, Haze released their EP Reservation for free online, they later signed a record deal with Universal Republic Records later moving to Republic Records. On December 31, 2013, Haze released their debut album Dirty Gold which featured the singles "Echelon (It's My Way)" and "Battle Cry".

Early life[edit]

Raeen Roes Wilson was born on July 10, 1992, in Detroit, Michigan, to a military family. They are a mix of African and Native American ancestry, and a self-taught speaker of Tsalagi, the language spoken by Cherokee Tribes.[4]

Haze was raised in the Greater Apostolic Faith, which they have often called "a cult." In an interview with The Guardian, they recalled: "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."[4] However, after a pastor threatened their mother, their family left the church and moved to Brooklyn, New York when they were 16 years old. They soon began delving into the world of secular music.[5]

Around the age of seven, they were raped multiple times by two family friends. As a child, they never told anyone about the abuse, fearing retribution and worrying that they would be called a liar. However, they defiantly recounted the episode in "Cleaning Out My Closet", a song from their 2012 mixtape Classick which borrows the beat from Eminem's song of the same name.[6][7] Earbuddy's John Downey wrote: "Haze’s take on Slim Shady’s classic tune might be the superior product."[8]

Musical career[edit]

Angel Haze released their EP Reservation for free online in July 2012. It was met with critical acclaim, receiving a 88/100 score at Metacritic.[9] In the same year, they took part in the BET Hip Hop Awards' Cypher. They also released the mixtape Classick and was featured on a remixed version of "Can't Trust Em" on Dizzy Wright's mixtape Free SmokeOut Conversations. It was announced that Universal Republic Records was going defunct, making artists including Haze's to move from its roster to the revived Republic Records.[10] On December 9, the BBC announced that they had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.[11]

Angel Haze performing live at Øyafestivalen in 2013.

On January 3, 2013, Angel Haze released a diss track aimed at fellow rapper Azealia Banks, titled "On the Edge".[12][13] Haze also released another diss track towards Banks on January 4, titled "Shut The Fuck Up".[14] Haze later said in a radio interview with BBC Radio that they no longer have a problem with Banks, and admitted they regret the way the two rappers handled the public feud.[15] On March 27, it was announced that Angel Haze would be featured on the cover of XXL Magazine's annual "Freshman Class" cover.[16] On May 16, British recording artist Natalia Kills announced that they were collaborating with Angel Haze in the studio for their second album, Trouble.[17][18] In early 2014, a remix of Kills' single 'Problem' by Willy Moon was released that features new vocals by Angel 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.[19] At the same event, Haze gave a performance of a track off their upcoming debut album Dirty Gold, titled "No Bueno."[20]

On August 28, they released their first single from their debut album, "Echelon (It's My Way)." On December 18, Haze leaked their own album, Dirty Gold, in its entirety. The leak happened following a dispute with their record label, which Haze wrote about in a series of tweets expressing their outrage. It was supposedly scheduled for release in March 2014 as their debut studio album.[21] Dirty Gold was finally released in December 30 to positive reviews but weak sales,[22] 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.[23][24]

In June 2014, they recorded the theme song to 22 Jump Street featuring fellow rapper Ludacris.[25]

On February 1, 2015, Haze released a new song title "CANDLXS" from their upcoming record The Flowers are Blooming Now. They also announced via Twitter that they would release an EP before the album entitled In The Winter Of Wet Years (ITWOWY).

Personal life[edit]

Haze is pansexual, describing themself as having an androgynous style.[26] In February 2015, Haze came out as agender, and stated that they prefer gender neutral pronouns (they/them).[27] 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."[3] In 2014, Haze confirmed that they were dating American model Ireland Baldwin.[28]

Discography[edit]

  • New York (2012)
  • Dirty Gold (2013)
  • In The Winter Of Wet Years (2015)
  • The Flowers Are Blooming Now (2015)

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Catfish: The TV Show Themself (Co-host) Season 4 - Episode 3

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2012 MTV Brand New For 2013[29] Themself Nominated
BBC Sound of 2013[11][30] Themself Third
NME 50 Best Tracks of 2012[31] "New York" #29
Pitchfork Media 100 Best Tracks of 2012[32] "Werkin' Girls" #75
2013 Popdust Next Pop Superstar of 2013[33] Themself Nominated
O Music Awards Best Web-Born Artist[34] Themself Nominated
2014 BET Awards Best Female Hip Hop Artist [35] Themself Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Video with a Social Message [36] "Battle Cry" Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Azealia Banks and Angel Haze trade shots on Twitter". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ "AngelHaze: July 10th RT @azurita_3: I'm". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b Hoby, Hermione (2012-09-01). "Angel Haze: 'Right now, no one can beat me'". The Guardian (London). 
  4. ^ a b Macpherson, Alex (January 31, 2013). "Rapper Angel Haze on religion, rape, and survival". The Guardian (London). Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "New Music: Angel Haze – ‘No Bueno’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Angel Haze: Cleaning Out My Closet". TheRealAngelHaze. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Interview: Angel Haze, the rapper fighting rape culture". London: telegraph.co.uk. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  8. ^ Downey, John. / Angel Haze – Classick Review. Earbuddy. 19 November 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  9. ^ "Reservation (Mixtape) - Angel Haze", Metacritic.
  10. ^ "Angel Haze now with Republic". Retrieved November 24, 2012. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b "Sound of 2013 Profiles: Angel Haze". BBC. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  12. ^ Angel Haze Posts Azealia Banks Diss Track, Clash Magazine, January 4, 2013.
  13. ^ New music: Angel Haze – On the Edge, guardian.co.uk, January 4, 2013.
  14. ^ "Angel Haze posts new Azealia Banks diss track 'Shut The Fuck Up'". Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  15. ^ Haze, Angel. "Angel haze talks growing up in a cult". 
  16. ^ "HipHop DX article". Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  17. ^ Kills, Natalia (May 16, 2013). "NataliaKills". Twitter. Retrieved August 1, 2013. In the studio with @AngelHaze 
  18. ^ Kills, Natalia (July 30, 2013). "Natalia Kills To Release Sophomore Album 'Trouble' on September 3rd". Cherrytree Records. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  19. ^ "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. 
  20. ^ "Angel Haze Debuts 'No Bueno' In London (Video)". Vibe. May 29, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Angel Haze says ‘f**k you’ to label, leaks her album", Rap-Up.
  22. ^ "Dirty Gold - Angel Haze", Metacritic.
  23. ^ Marjus Estevez, "Angel Haze Isn’t Bothered By Her Low Record Sale", XXL, January 14, 2014.
  24. ^ "Angel Haze's Dirty Gold sold 857 copies first week in the United Kingdom, not the Billboard 200", Fact, January 7, 2014.
  25. ^ "Angel Haze – "22 Jump Street" (Feat. Ludacris)". Stereogum. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  26. ^ Osorio, Kim (2012-07-05). "Angel Haze: What This Up-And-Coming Female MC Says Will Make You Listen". The Source. 
  27. ^ "Angel Haze on Twitter". February 14, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  28. ^ 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. 
  29. ^ "MTV's Brande New For 2013 Nominees announced". MTV. 2012-11-28. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  30. ^ "BBC Sound of 2013: Angel Haze". BBC. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  31. ^ "50 Best Tracks of 2012". NME. 2012-11-20. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  32. ^ "100 Best Tracks of 2012". Pitchfork Media. 2012-12-17. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  33. ^ "VOTE NOW! Help Decide The Next Pop Superstar of 2013!". 
  34. ^ "Best Web-Born Artist". Viacom. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Best Female Hip Hop Artist". BET. 
  36. ^ "2014 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations: Get The Full List". MTV. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 

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