New music: Angel Haze – New York

With her fast and furious flow, this rap brat threatens to big as Biggie and as nasty as Nas

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Twenty-year-old rapper Angel Haze is an internet phenomenon. Most of the videos she posts on her YouTube channel get at least 60,000 views and she claims to have had a number of different channels under different aliases that she has closed once they reached a million views.

Filmed in her living room, these videos usually take the form of half-rapped, half-spoken poems, with recent entries entitled Side Chicks, Fuck Who Likes YOU! and If You're Contemplating Suicide, This Is for You, a poem of support for those affected by bullying, problem parents and unrequited love.

"I know how it feels to swallow some pills and hope that you die," she spits at one point, an allusion to her painful childhood growing up as part of the Greater Apostolic Faith, a church Haze has since referred to as a cult. After her parents were ostracised from the church, Haze became the family therapist.

It was after she quit school following years of bullying that Haze started posting videos from her Washington DC living room, refining an audacious flow that spews out complex rhyme after complex rhyme. On New York, the first single to be taken from her forthcoming Reservation EP and produced by New York's the 83rd, Haze delivers menacing proclamations of her own greatness, at one point referring to herself as Satan, before hissing: "I love it when these bitches know that I'm better than them."

The production is dry as a bone, all finger-click beats, big lazy bass drops and strange vocal samples that fade in and out.

• The Reservation EP is out on 17 July.


Michael Cragg

The GuardianTramp

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