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Angel Haze
Angel Haze
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Angel Haze performing in October 2012
Background information
Raeen Roes Wilson
Born (1992-07-10) July 10, 1992 (age 25)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.[1]
Genres Hip hop
  • Rapper
  • singer

Raeen Roes Wilson (born July 10, 1992)[2][3][4] known professionally as Angel Haze, is an American rapper and singer. In 2012, she released the EP Reservation and later signed a record deal with Universal Republic Records before moving to Republic Records.[5] On December 31, 2013, Haze released the debut album Dirty Gold, which featured the singles "Echelon (It's My Way)" and "Battle Cry". They have released a number of mixtapes, including Reservation, which was ranked the sixth-best mixtape of 2012 by Mike Diver of the BBC.[6] Angel's most recent mixtape is, Back to the Woods (2015).[7]

Early life

Haze was born in Detroit, Michigan to a military family. Wilson is an African American, and is of Cherokee descent and to be self-taught in Tsalagi.[8] She was raised in the Greater Apostolic Faith, but is no longer practicing. In an interview with The Guardian, Haze stated: "we all lived in the same community, within 10 minutes of each other. You weren't allowed to talk to anyone outside of that, you weren't allowed to wear jewelry, listen to music, to eat certain things, to date weren't allowed to do pretty much anything."[8] However, after a pastor threatened her mother, the family left the church and moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was 16 years old. Haze soon began to discover secular music.[9]

In 2012, Haze recounted the experience of being sexually assaulted as a child in "Cleaning Out My Closet", a song from the mixtape "Classick" that uses segments from Eminem's song of the same name.[4]

Musical career

Angel Haze performing live at Øyafestivalen in 2013.

From 2009 to 2012, Haze put out a number of mixtapes for free download on the Internet: New Moon, Altered Ego, King, and Voice. In July 2012, Haze released the free mixtape Reservation to critical acclaim, receiving an 88/100 score from Metacritic.[10] On December 9, the BBC announced that Haze had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.[11]

On August 28, 2013, Haze released "Echelon (It's My Way)" as the lead single from the debut album, Dirty Gold. The entire album was leaked on December 18, 2013, prior to scheduled March 2014 release.[12] The album release was put forward and it appeared through Island Records and Republic Records on December 30, 2013, to positive reviews. It had low first-week sales [13] of just over 5000 copies sold.[14][15] On September 14, 2015, she released the mixtape Back to the Woods announcing that the project was just "something to share before a sophomore".[16] In March 2017 she released "Resurrection" [17][18]

Personal life

Haze identifies as pansexual and as agender.[19] Haze has said "I'm glad there's an actual woman of color representing queerness and pansexuality, someone who is like me in the spotlight."[20] In an interview with The Guardian, she stated that, "Love is boundary-less. If you can make me feel, if you can make me laugh - and that's hard - then I can be with you. I don't care if you have a vagina or if you're a hermaphrodite or whatever."[21] In 2015 Haze noted in an interview with BuzzFeed that "I feel like my agenderness and my gender identity have evolved",[22] while a year later she explained that "I sound like four people when I get written about as 'they'. It drives me crazy. If you call me 'him' or 'her' it doesn't matter to me. I don't consider myself of any sex. I consider myself an experience."[23]




Year Film Role Notes
2015 Catfish: The TV Show[24] Co-host Season 4 - Episode 3

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Work Result
2012 MTV Brand New For 2013[25] -- Nominated
BBC Sound of 2013[11][26] Third
2013 Popdust Next Pop Superstar of 2013[27] -- Nominated
O Music Awards Best Web-Born Artist[28]
2014 BET Awards Best Female Hip Hop Artist[29]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Video with a Social Message[30] "Battle Cry"
2015 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Music Artist --



  1. ^ "Azealia Banks and Angel Haze trade shots on Twitter". Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Macpherson, Alex (31 January 2013). "Rapper Angel Haze on religion, rape and survival" - via The Guardian. 
  3. ^ Hoby, Hermione (2012-09-01). "Angel Haze: 'Right now, no one can beat me'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ a b "Interview: Angel Haze, the rapper fighting rape culture". Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Angel Haze Talks Universal Republic Deal, Debut Album, & Azealia Banks Collabo". Billboard. Retrieved . 
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  7. ^ "Reviews for Back To The Woods by Angel Haze - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  8. ^ a b Macpherson, Alex (January 31, 2013). "Rapper Angel Haze on religion, rape, and survival". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ "New Music: Angel Haze - 'No Bueno'". Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Reviews for Reservation [Mixtape] by Angel Haze - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  11. ^ a b "Sound of 2013 Profiles: Angel Haze". BBC. 2012-12-09. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Angel Haze Says 'F**k You' to Label, Leaks their Album". Rap-Up. 
  13. ^ "Reviews for Dirty Gold by Angel Haze - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  14. ^ "Angel Haze Isn't Bothered By Her Low Record Sales - XXL". XXL. 
  15. ^ "Angel Haze's Dirty Gold sold 857 copies first week in the UK, not the Billboard 200 - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 
  16. ^ "Stream: Angel Haze's new project Back to the Woods". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved . 
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  19. ^ Osorio, Kim (2012-07-05). "Angel Haze: What This Up-And-Coming Female MC Says Will Make You Listen". The Source. 
  20. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Angel Haze on questioning her family, her sexuality & God". Retrieved . 
  21. ^ Hoby, Hermione (2012-09-01). "Angel Haze: 'Right now, no one can beat me'". The Guardian. London. 
  22. ^ Keating, Shannon (March 27, 2015). "The Evolution Of Angel Haze". BuzzFeed. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Smyth, David (January 15, 2016). "Angel Haze, interview: 'At home, I'm dead. But on stage, I'm God'". Evening Standard. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "Angel Haze on "Catfish" and helping a homophobic mom love her bisexual daughter on "Truce" - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 
  25. ^ "MTV's Brande New For 2013 Nominees announced". MTV. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013. 
  26. ^ "BBC Sound of 2013: Angel Haze". BBC. 2013-01-02. Retrieved . 
  27. ^ "VOTE NOW! Help Decide The Next Pop Superstar of 2013!". Archived from the original on 2015-03-03. 
  28. ^ "Best Web-Born Artist". Viacom. Retrieved 2013. 
  29. ^ "Best Female Hip Hop Artist". BET. 
  30. ^ "2014 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations: Get The Full List". MTV. 2014-07-17. Retrieved . 

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