Angel Haze, the awesome 22-year-old rapper, just released a freestyle to the tune of Macklemore’s “Same Love.” In it, she opens up about her sexuality (she's previously described herself as pansexual) and her experiences with prejudice and judgment from both her family and the world. Before she launches into the song, she begins with “Hi mom, I’m really scared right now, but I have to."
From there, Angel Haze takes listeners on an intensely personal journey as she puts her sexuality on display and addresses the challenges she’s faced. What makes her version of this song so powerful is that, unlike Macklemore, Angel Haze is a member of the LGBTQ community, and her perspective and experiences are poignant and touching. At one point, she quotes poet Andrea Gibson with the striking line “No I’m not gay / No I’m not straight / And I’m sure as hell not bisexual damnit / I am whoever I am when I am it."
The track is honest, raw, and endearing. Angel Haze has opened herself up and made the song—already considered an anthem—even more powerful. The release of this freestyle is part of Angel Haze’s 30 Gold series, where this month alone, she’s released tracks of herself rapping over Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar songs. This is all leading up to the release of her album Dirty Gold in 2014.
Listen to her awesome freestyle for yourself:
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