Angel Haze on album leak: ‘More people should rebel against the music industry’

US rapper speaks about her decision to give debut album 'Dirty Gold' away for free

Angel Haze has said that she leaked her debut album ‘Dirty Gold’ as a warning to her record label, telling them not to interfere with her career.

Haze leaked her debut album ‘Dirty Gold’ online in December with the official release following later in the same month. The LP was due to drop in March of this year (2014), but Haze wanted to release it in the same year as it was finished.

The US rapper appears in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands or available digitally from tomorrow (January 22). In the magazine she discusses her reasons for leaking the album and how she feels the move will affect her musical career and financial earnings.

Speaking about the decision which led her to put the album online, Haze says: “I did it because I was frustrated. I felt completely brushed off. I leaked the album for personal reasons. It was about saying ‘Don’t fuck with me, dude’ because, at the end of the day, I’ll always choose my artistry.”

Discussing the reputation she has acquired as a result of her actions, Haze continues: “Everyone thinks I’m this rambunctious fireball that does whatever she wants, and I’m not. But I do think more people should rebel against the music industry – if the machine doesn’t work for you, you break it and you fix it and you make it work for you instead. There are no other options aside from getting fucked – and i don’t think many people want that.”

Angel Haze tours later this year, calling at:

Manchester Gorilla (March 7)
Birmingham O2 Academy 2 (8)
London Heaven (11)

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