Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed.” Angel Haze opens another vein with every song.
Throughout her career, the Detroit-born rapper/singer/songwriter has committed to unrelenting honesty. The struggles of growing up in a poor, single-parent household, the residual effects of a childhood spent in a religious cult, the forever haunting pains of being molested—Haze has never omitted the intense and uncomfortable details of her life.
Following a flurry of critically-acclaimed mixtapes (e.g. R eservation an d Classick), Haze signed to Island/Republic and released her debut album Dirty Gold (2014). An auspicious display of her deleterious double-time flow, powerful songwriting, and disarming vocal chops, Dirty Gold charted in the US and the UK. That same year, Haze received award nominations from BET (Best Female Hip Hop Artist) and MTV.
In 2015, after a split with her label, a highly-publicized breakup, and a near-fatal drug overdose, Haze independently released the TK Kayembe-produced Back to the Woods. Heralded by fans and critics alike, the album features even greater depth. On songs like “Detox” and “The Woods,” Haze shifts effortlessly between soul-stirring chanteuse and mic shredding lyricist. A document of lost love and the abyss of self-destruction, it remains among the most accomplished work in a stellar back catalog.
Haze’s forthcoming third album,Roses Will Rise Again, marks another turn in her ever-evolving career. Lead single “Resurrection” is, fittingly, unlike anything Haze has done before. Backed by poignant strings and punishing percussion, she details the agonies and triumphs of the recent past with unwavering swagger and passionate crooning. In 2017, she will blossom once more. Listeners new and old will find comfort in her singular writing and delivery, her cut-to-the-marrow transparency. She will continue to bleed for them, for herself.