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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

There’s always beef, but beef doesn’t always result in songs. That’s a shame! Who among us wouldn’t want to hear a Kanye diss track directed at Blur guitarist Graham Coxon? Huh? None of us? OK, bad example. But this week was defined by one beef, and that beef has already delivered three songs (so far). More »

By: Stereogum / July 31, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Angel Haze – “Impossible”

Earlier this year Angel Haze released a pair of devastating, emotional tracks: the gorgeous, white-hot romance of “Candlxs” and its fiery breakup companion “Gxmes.” Haze said that these two loosies would be on an upcoming EP called In The Winter Of Wet Years, and perhaps Haze’s next new song “Impossible” is an indication that we’ll… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 28, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Watch Angel Haze Co-Host MTV’s Catfish And New Show Truce

The rapper Angel Haze has been dealing with intense experiences of abuse and family rejection in her music ever since we first met her. And her horrific true-life experiences, as well as her gift for communication, seem like they came in handy in her new gig as an MTV host. On last night’s episode of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 12, 2015 - 9:58 am

Angel Haze – “Gxmes”

It was all good just a week ago, when a lovey-dovey Angel Haze dropped “Candlxs,” a sticky-sweet ode to her long-term girlfriend Ireland Baldwin. Just days after, Haze posted a few cryptic tweets, but anyone reading between the lines knew that whatever fire had been burning was snuffed out. Selfishly, I was thrilled to read… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 12, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Angel Haze – “Candlxs”

Is it safe to say this is the first rap song about a loving lesbian relationship? Maybe it’s not, but it’s probably the best so far. We’re used to hearing Angel Haze spit fiery bars about taboo topics like sexual assault, or defy her label by leaking her album Dirty Gold with no regard for… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 2, 2015 - 5:09 pm

The Week In Pop: Bobby Shmurda Is A Pioneer, But Also A Traditionalist Of Sorts

Bobby Shmurda is a pioneer several times over. The Brooklyn rapper’s breakout hit “Hot Nigga” — or “Hot Boy,” as it’s known to the radio programmers who’ve roundly embraced it — reached a new peak this week, climbing to #6 on Billboard’s definitive singles chart, the Hot 100. It’s the kind of mixtape track Lil… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 13, 2014 - 2:44 pm

The Week In Pop: Get Used To Calvin Harris Being The Biggest DJ In The World

Calvin Harris is the biggest DJ in the world. This is true in terms of dollars (he’s Earth’s highest-paid party-rocker, by an even larger margin than last year) and human bodies (he appeared to draw the most massive crowd at Coachella this year). “Summer,” a song he sung himself, hit the US top 10 and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 9, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Angel Haze – “22 Jump Street” (Feat. Ludacris)

22 Jump Street, the inevitable sequel to the shockingly entertaining Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill 21 Jump Street movie, comes to theaters later this year, and the movie’s producers got Angel Haze to do its theme song. They even paired her up with actual rap star Ludacris. The good news: Haze is an undeniably gifted underground rapper,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 3, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Angel Haze – “Battle Cry” (Feat. Sia) Video

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… More »

By: James Rettig / February 14, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Ellie Goulding – “Life Round Here” (Feat. Angel Haze) (James Blake Cover)

Last week, in her big return to New Zealand, Lorde covered James Blake’s “Overgrown.” And if “pop stars covering James Blake” is going to be a thing, then Ellie Goulding wants in. Goulding, the young British dance-pop monarch, did Lorde one better: She recorded her version of Blake’s “Life Round Here,” and she recruited Angel… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014 - 8:49 am

Watch Angel Haze Cover Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love”

Fresh off the rushed release of her debut album, Angel Haze stopped by BBC Radio 1 for a live rendition of Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love.” She struggles with the vocals on the chorus but makes up for that by adding a lot of character to the song with some original verses and a playful take… More »

By: James Rettig / January 27, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Stream Angel Haze Dirty Gold

Unlike her #1 rival Azealia Banks, firebrand rapper/singer Angel Haze’s worst behavior resulted in her album getting pushed up with urgency, not pushed back indefinitely. Haze got her full-length debut Dirty Gold bumped from 3/18/14 to 12/30/13 by leaking it herself as an angry digital middle finger to her label, Republic Records. (Meanwhile, after well… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 30, 2013 - 2:02 pm

The 10 Dumbest Azealia Banks Beefs Of 2013

There’s no better example of unrealized potential than Azealia Banks. It’s been over two years since “212” dropped and we’re still not sure when (or if) her oft-delayed debut album will ever be released. It’s frustrating to see a young artist prioritize petty feuds over making music, and it’s especially frustrating because I like Azealia’… More »

By: James Rettig / December 20, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Stream Angel Haze’s Dirty Gold Album Sampler

Two days ago, in a big fuck-you move to her label, the young rapper Angel Haze posted her debut album Dirty Gold on Soundcloud. That label, Island, took the stream down almost immediately, and it responded by moving the album’s release date up, from March to the very end of this month. And though we… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 20, 2013 - 10:01 am

Angel Haze Leaks Dirty Gold In ‘Fuck You’ To Her Label

Here’s the fuck-the-man version of pulling a BEYONCÉ: The promising young rapper Angel Haze posted her own surprise album this morning, except she didn’t do it as a grand statement of dominance; she’s did it because her label won’t. Haze’s label Island was set to drop her Dirty Gold in March, but she evidently didn’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2013 - 11:34 am

Angel Haze – “A Tribe Called Red”

It’s the morning of the Angels here at Stereogum. First, we heard “Stars,” a new one from Angel Olsen. And now the spitfire rapper Angel Haze has finally announced the details of Dirty Gold, her long-awaited official debut LP, and shared a lyric video for the new song “A Tribe Called Red.” The album i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 9:14 am

Angel Haze – “Wrecking Ball” (Miley Cyrus Cover)

After setting forth “Black Skinhead” and “Worst Behavior” freestyles, today’s release from Angel Haze’s 30 Gold series is an acoustic cover of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” This is sort of the inverse of people doing acoustic covers of rap songs, although way less pandering. If you’re a fan of the original (like Tom, Chris, and… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 24, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Angel Haze – “Worst Behavior” Freestyle

Motherfuckers, as I understand it, never loved Angel Haze. Earlier this week, the rapper kicked off her 30 Gold freestyle series — 30 verses over other people’s songs in 30 days — by rapping over Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” and she’s since torn apart Jay Z’s “Tom Ford.” Today, she jumps on “Worst Behavior,” possibly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2013 - 10:30 am

Angel Haze – “Black Skinhead” Freestyle

Angel Haze has already rapped over Kanye West’s “New Slaves,” and now we get to hear her ripping apart another Kanye track, “Black Skinhead.” Haze’s new freestyle is the beginning of 30 Gold, a new series where she’ll freestyle over a different track every day for the next month, leading up to her official debut… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2013 - 10:22 am

Angel Haze – “Echelon (It’s My Way)” Video

We don’t yet know when Angel Haze’s album Dirty Gold will come out, but her synth-rap single “Echelon (It’s My Way)” already has a Jagwar Ma remix, and now it’s got a video, too. In the clip, directed by Skinny, Angel hangs out with what looks like the cast of a straight-to-video Spring Breakers single,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2013 - 11:18 am
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