Angel Haze isn’t afraid to get fearlessly personal with her tracks. Just about a year ago, she released her version of Eminem’s classic “Cleaning Out My Closet”, in which she addressed an incident of childhood sexual abuse. Today, as she continues her “30 Gold” series, she’s revealed a new take on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love”.
The original track has become an anthem for straight supporters of the LGBT community, but as a member of that community herself, Haze’s own perspective makes the song especially poignant. “Hi mom,” she begins, “I’m really scared right now, but I have to.” With a calm voices that just manages to hide her nerves, she recounts how her mother “looked me straight in my face and said ‘You’ll burn in Hell, or probably die of AIDs’” when she came out at age 13. But looking back, Haze laughs it off, and just as she’s clearly done in real life, she gains confidence as the song progresses. Take a listen below.
The “30 Gold” series, leading up to the Republic Records release of her Dirty Gold debut, has thus far featured Haze’s raps over Kanye West, Jay Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and ASAP Ferg. Personally, I think this one takes the cake for sheer beauty.