Angel Haze has uploaded a new video to her YouTube channel explaining why she leaked her debut album ‘Dirty Gold’ last week (December 18), reports Pitchfork.
The New York rapper put the entirety of her record online after going on a Twitter rant about her label. The LP was due to drop on March 3, 2014, but Haze wanted to release it this year because it was finished. It was available to download for free on Soundcloud, but has since been deleted.
“My album has been done for seven months and I genuinely craved getting it out so my fans could hear it,” explains Haze in the video, which you can watch above. “I didn’t wanna leak the album. Obviously it’s a lot more beneficial to put it up on iTunes […] but I had to set an example.”
“Why would I want to keep it to myself?” she continued. “I don’t give a fuck about marketability. I don’t give a fuck about going platinum […] I just wanna fucking help, man.”
The album will now be released on December 30 and features production from Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Tegan and Sara) and Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons) and includes a track written by Australian singer-songwriter Sia, who has penned recent hits for Rihanna and Rita Ora. Haze, meanwhile, recently recorded a cover of Miley Cyrus‘ Number One single ‘Wrecking Ball’. Its tracklisting is as follows:
The tracklisting for ‘Dirty Gold’ is as follows:
‘Sing About Me’
‘Echelon (It’s My Way)’
‘A Tribe Called Red’
‘Deep Sea Diver’
‘Angel + Airwaves’
‘White Lillies/White Lies’