The latest installment of Angel Haze's 30 Gold freestyle series is a rather personal take on Macklemore's "Same Love" single about homophobia and equal rights.
In an empirical seven-minute rhyme over the piano-led instrumental, the Detroit native opens up about her sexuality with a story from her teen years. "At age 13, my mother knew I wasn't straight," Haze raps. "She didn't understand but had so much to say/She sat me on the couch looked me straight in my face and said you'll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS/It's funny now but at 13 it was pain, to be almost sure of who you are and have it ripped away."
Later, she laments an allegiance to the LGBTQ community rapping, "I stand for it all until ignorance is over," then advises, "Don't badger and abuse the solemnly defenseless/See us as yourself, there's no equality in difference."
She closes out the rhyme refusing placement in a particular box, "No, I'm not gay/No, I'm not straight/And I sure as hell am not bisexual/Damn it, I am who I am when I am it."
The 22-year-old MC was hesitant about the freestyle's release, according to her tweets. "Sorry guys, got a bit inside my head over the weekend. I wanted to put out this Same Love remix but like I freaked out," Haze wrote Monday (Oct. 21). "I've been struggling with myself a bit and like, I don't know. If you guys would like to hear it. I would like for you to."
Haze's past 30 Gold covers include A$AP Ferg's "Shabba Ranks" and Drake's "Worst Behavior."
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