Remember when Angel Haze made her name through the acerbic rap of “New York“? Two years is a long time, and with her major-label debut, she made a play at the mainstream and largely fell flat. The video for “Battle Cry” only serves to show how much the rapper has changed her image. Produced and co-written by big time pop player Greg Kurstin and featuring Sia on vocals, the song is sickly sweet and uplifting and now has a cheesy video to go along with it. Haze is making an admirable effort to shed some light on child abuse issues with the video, but it’s too glossy and manufactured to really make an impact. Watch below.
Dirty Gold is out now on Republic.