Angel Haze leaked her Dirty Gold debut yesterday (Dec. 18) as a show of defiance against her record label for pushing the release date back from January to March 2014.
Haze posted the project on Soundcloud and voiced frustrations with her Universal Republic label home via Twitter. "It’s so annoying that my label could tell me that if I f----ing finished my album before the summer it would be out this year," she tweeted. "I have gone to bat for this music. I have gone to bat for myself. I have literally sat f---ing sleepless and starved crying over this s--t. I turned down so much s--t to be sure that I could finish this album because actually wanting something to me means doing all you can to be.
"I stopped arguing my point," the Detroit native continued. "Stopped giving a f--k about everything. Let these other ditsy b-----s disrespect me I turned my f---ing cheek because MUSIC IS ALL I F--KING HAVE…and I know that’s the same for some of you."
She went on to write about keeping her promise to "deliver" her first album "unlike every f---ing one else," and creating music when she was destitute. "I’m sorry if I seem angry. But these are my dreams," Haze added. "The only thing I have in my life. Imagine having the only reason you’re alive being the very thing straining your existence. Ughhhh So sorry to Island/Republic Records, but f--k you. I got here doing this for my fans and if you guys don’t feel the same, it won’t stop me. Idc what happens after this. They will get the music they were promised. And you guys JUST MAY LEARN TO KEEP YOUR F---ING WORD."
Lashing out against her label was a risky — but not uncommon — move that worked out in Haze's favor. Universal Republic removed Dirty Gold from the 'Net and pushed up the release date to Dec. 30.
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