Ask any new artist and they will tell you that critics can be rather unwelcoming to a newcomer. Angel Haze wouldn't have it any other way. On her latest release, "A Tribe Called Red," the 22-year-old firespitter makes it pointedly clear that her worst enemy and her toughest critic are both in the mirror.
"ATCR," which is a new song from Angel's highly anticipated debut album Dirty Gold, features the ferocious femcee playing devil's advocate with herself while also offering words of encouragement to those who, like her, face haters and doubters in whatever they do.
Angel gave BET.com some exclusive insight on what inspired the passion behind her words.
"I was in Spain, frustrated because I had writer's block," Angel said of her vitriolic flow. "Then I started listening to the beat and it all came naturally."
Sonically, "ATCR" is an innovative fusion of trap with a tinge of electro pop, sped up to match Haze's machine gun flow. A Tribe Called Red, who served as the inspiration behind the blazing song's standout title, produced the track, which is catchy yet different from what's on the radio.
On the hook, Angel sends out a call to action to anyone that is looking to change themselves for the better. "You gotta make the decision to be the one difference in your life and turn it around," rapped Angel
Angel talked about what inspired the motivational refrain.
"It's for everyone out there thinking they don't have what it takes to become who they want to be," said Angel. "You've got to be the pilot, you gotta fly. Everything that's gonna happen for you has to happen with you," she added.
It's advice that applies to everyone and Angel admits she even needed for herself at one point. But with new material and a much-anticipated debut set for release, the femme fatale has learned that self-motivation is key in a business filled with critics, especially when the toughest criticism comes from within.
"It's really about being at your lowest point and being able to survive. You have to."
Take a listen to "A Tribe Called Red" below. Tell us what you think.