Angel Haze: Relentless Flow

Portrait by Albert Sanchez
On Angel Haze's debut album, Dirty Gold, we were introduced to a 22-year-old woman unafraid to use her fierce, relentless flow to confront unspeakable personal trauma. Add to that her refusal to identify with a single sexual orientation and it's clear that Haze is a crucial new voice in the bling-centric boys' club of mainstream rap.

Personal OGs: Tracy Chapman, Adele, Kanye West, Eminem, Natalia Kills, Chance the Rapper, Ed Sheeran, Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars.

What made who you are? Have you always been determined?

I think it's somewhat of a personality trait -- maybe I inherited it from my mother. I just know I've always believed that you should fall, get back up, and keep going.

Have you ever felt truly hurt or shaken by a criticism of your work?
When I was first signed, lots of people said things that just tore me up.

What were you like as a child?
I was mute as a child (not literally, I just never spoke). I spent loads of my time reading. When I became a teen, I was introverted and a loner.

How do you define success?
Success to me is getting the opportunity to do what you love repeatedly. I think that being able to travel the world speaking my mind freely is my biggest success thus far.

What has your experience been like with your supporters? What is the best thing a fan has ever given you or done for you?
My relationship with fans is a pretty open one, to be honest. They've given me the platform I have now.

Is there anything that you've seen recently that you think is completely radical?
FERGUSON.

Hair by Donte Smith for CCS Extension at Epiphany Artist Group, Inc. and makeup by Haley Buckner for Make Up For Ever.

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