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Dirty Gold (Deluxe)

Angel Haze

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Album Review

A poet-turned-rapper who uses lyrics like "live everyday 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 Haze leaked Dirty Gold early because her 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 she 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

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A lot of words come to mind while writing this review. Deep, Empowering, Moving, Inspirational just to name a few. There have only been 2 albums that have spoke to my soul and made me instantly connect on a deeply personal level. This is now #3. Angel lays her heart and soul on the line in order to be a champion for the outcasts. Notable moments of extreme awe for me were during 'A Tribe Called Red' and the jaw dropping and emotional roller coaster that is the couplet of 'Black Synagogue' followed by 'Angels and Airwaves.' I can't listen to one without the other. They feed off of each other's energy so well. By far one of the strongest debut albums I have ever heard. Purchase immediately.

Dirty Gold!

Best album of 2013. Underrated artist

ANGEL SLAYS

I love this girl and I couldn't be happier for her. One of the most solid rap debuts in recent memory. I wish her nothing but the best

Biography

Born: July, 1991 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '10s

Possessed of a kind of self-awareness and assuredness well beyond her years, Angel Haze is a poet turned rapper based out of New York. With a raw style that feels distinctly East Coast, the rapper uses her deep knowledge of self to channel the various aspects of her own personality, being vulnerable and emotional one minute and suddenly brash and aggressive the...
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