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Album Review

A poet-turned-rapper who uses lyrics like "live every day like it's your last" and actually seems to mean them, Angel Haze's debut album sounds, at times, like the cerebral Mos Def and the sly Missy Elliot spliced into one MC (check the epic "Black Synagogue") while other times, it's a hooky-meets-old-school alternative affair, something like Digable Planets as a G-Unit-affiliated crew ("Echelon [It's My Way]" being the proof). Adding to this wild, inspired jumble is the Death Grips-like backstory where Dirty Gold was leaked early because Haze's label, Island Records, was dragging its feet, but there are poptacular moments here that sound born and bred for radio (for a killer hip-hop power-ballad sandwich, just place Haze's "Battle Cry" between B.o.B.'s "Airplanes" and Eminem's "Survival"). So, is Haze an artist in, or out, of the system? The biggest complaint about Dirty Gold is that it's too big and too bold to answer this question succinctly, although worrying about where to file Haze matters little when this overwhelming effort offers a sultry ode to strippers that paints them as majestic sirens with soul-crushing backstories ("White Lilies/White Lies"). Religious doctrines get a boot upside the head with a "Get Ur Freak On" backbeat ("Tribe Called Red") plus, on the Deluxe version, the perils of depression are dealt with through rap and moody, modern composition ("Rose-Tinted Suicide"), and in the end, the album is as intriguing and perplexing as mixing Cirque du Soleil, Ornette Coleman, and Noam Chomsky. Dirty Gold is certainly a flawed debut, and yet it's not what's inside that's flawed, it's just the container's inability to hold such OCD-ish genius. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews


Yessss! Worth it omg.


I feel every song in my bones.
Every song has truth in them.
I Love every second.
Real music
Real talent

Angel Haze

Overall, Angel Haze is a fantastic artist who spits great lyrics and has some of the freshest tracks, musically speaking. This album is great, though I do prefer her mixtapes. She has no borders and thats what we all love about her. She has that freedom to say what she wants, and she’s using it to put out quality rap. Especially as a female in the rap game. I recommend her and this album greatly


Born: July, 1991 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '10s

Possessed of a kind of self-awareness and assuredness usually known to those much older, Angel Haze is a poetry-turned-rap act based out of New York. With a raw style that feels distinctly East Coast, the artist uses deep knowledge of self to channel various personality aspects, being vulnerable and emotional one minute and suddenly brash and aggressive the next. Haze...
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