Angel Haze

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Angel Haze
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Angel Haze performing in October 2012
Background information
Birth name Raee'n Roes Wilson
Born (1992-07-10) July 10, 1992 (age 23)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.[1]
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Website angelhazemusic.com

Raee'n Roes Wilson, better known by their[note 1] stage name Angel Haze (born July 10, 1992),[3] is an American rapper and singer. 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]

Raee'n 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, Haze was 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]

Musical career[edit]

Throughout 2009-2012, Haze released a series of mixtapes for free download on to the internet, they were titled New Moon, Altered Ego, King, and Voice, although all went without media coverage. In 2012, Haze released their mixtape Reservation for free download online in July. It was met with critical acclaim, receiving an 88/100 score at Metacritic.[7] Haze released their latest mixtape, Classick, in October 2012, and it featured aforementioned remix of "Cleaning Out My Closet". On December 9, the BBC announced that they had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.[8]

Angel Haze performing live at Øyafestivalen in 2013.

On August 28, 2013, they released their first single from their debut album, titled "Echelon (It's My Way)." On December 18 2013, 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.[9] Dirty Gold was finally released in December 30, 2013, to positive reviews but weak sales,[10] 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.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Haze is pansexual, describing themself as having an androgynous style.[13] In February 2015, Haze came out as agender, and stated that they prefer gender neutral pronouns (they/them).[14] 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."[15]

In 2014, Haze said they and Ireland Baldwin were romantically involved as a couple.[16] That same year, Baldwin posted an Instagram image of herself and Haze captioned, "[Y]eah it's national girlfriend day... so of course."[17]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Catfish: The TV Show[18] Themself (Co-host) Season 4 - Episode 3

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2012 MTV Brand New For 2013[19] Themself Nominated
BBC Sound of 2013[8][20] Third
NME 50 Best Tracks of 2012[21] "New York" #29
Pitchfork Media 100 Best Tracks of 2012[22] "Werkin' Girls" #75
2013 Popdust Next Pop Superstar of 2013[23] Themself Nominated
O Music Awards Best Web-Born Artist[24]
2014 BET Awards Best Female Hip Hop Artist[25]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Video with a Social Message[26] "Battle Cry"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Haze, who is agender, prefers to be referred to by the singular pronouns "they" and "them".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Azealia Banks and Angel Haze trade shots on Twitter". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ Keating, Shannon (March 27, 2015). "The Evolution of Angel Haze". BuzzFeed. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ "AngelHaze: July 10th RT @azurita_3: I'm". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  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. ^ "Reviews for Reservation [Mixtape] by Angel Haze - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  8. ^ a b "Sound of 2013 Profiles: Angel Haze". BBC. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  9. ^ "Angel Haze Says ‘F**k You’ to Label, Leaks Her Album". Rap-Up. 
  10. ^ "Reviews for Dirty Gold by Angel Haze - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  11. ^ "Angel Haze Isn't Bothered By Her Low Record Sales - XXL". XXL. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ Osorio, Kim (2012-07-05). "Angel Haze: What This Up-And-Coming Female MC Says Will Make You Listen". The Source. 
  14. ^ "Angel Haze on Twitter". February 14, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  15. ^ Hoby, Hermione (2012-09-01). "Angel Haze: 'Right now, no one can beat me'". The Guardian (London). 
  16. ^ Alexander, Ella (June 27, 2014). "Angel Haze on Ireland Baldwin: 'An interracial gay couple, I mean that’s just weird for America right now'". The Independent (UK). Archived from the original on April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ Baldwin, Ireland. "yeah it's national girlfriend day... so of course". Instagram. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Angel Haze on "Catfish" and helping a homophobic mom love her bisexual daughter on "Truce" - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 
  19. ^ "MTV's Brande New For 2013 Nominees announced". MTV. 2012-11-28. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  20. ^ "BBC Sound of 2013: Angel Haze". BBC. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  21. ^ "50 Best Tracks of 2012". NME. 2012-11-20. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  22. ^ "100 Best Tracks of 2012". Pitchfork Media. 2012-12-17. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  23. ^ "VOTE NOW! Help Decide The Next Pop Superstar of 2013!". 
  24. ^ "Best Web-Born Artist". Viacom. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Best Female Hip Hop Artist". BET. 
  26. ^ "2014 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations: Get The Full List". MTV. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 

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