November 22, 2012
Angel Haze - 'Classick EP'
Angel's different, more introspective skills
8 / 10
Angel Haze has had a helluva year. On July’s ‘Reservation EP’ the 21-year-old established herself as worthy of a seat on the same table as Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks with her viscous vocals, eerie beats and big chat: “I run New York”. Now, on ‘Classick’, she’s showing off different, more introspective skills. The headline tune is ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’, which nicks the beat from the Eminem song of the same name, and goes on a soul-searching journey through the sexual abuse Haze endured as a seven-year-old. It’s as brutal as it sounds. It’s almost too honest. But it’s damn brave, and it’ll make your stomach jump. Nothing on ‘Classick’ matches it for force. But in taking on Missy Elliott’s 2003 Timbaland opus ‘Gossip Folks’ and Lauryn Hill’s 1998 solo debut single ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ and stomping all over them like a young girl trashing her older sister’s bedroom, she’s telling us she respects but isn’t scared of them.
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