Angel Haze: “I was obsessed with Eminem, I was completely immersed in it. Eminem’s‘My Dad’s Gone Crazy,’ 'Lose Yourself,’ ‘Cleaning Out My Closet,’ ‘The Way I Am,’ ‘Hailie’s Song.’ Just all the stuff that he came out with. I love Eminem just from the root of him. From the root of him to his most recent album he did. I’m like a diehard Eminem fan. He just gets better.
"As a kid, I didn’t go straight into hip-hop. I’ve always been really eclectic as far as my musical choices go. So I’d listen to White Stripes, My Chemical Romance, typical rock-and-roll teen type of shit.
I don’t really like rap music. It’s like most of the stuff is not genuine; it doesn’t come from a real place. You just sit there and you listen to people brag about million dollars, cars, and dumb shit that has no value in this world.
“I don’t really like rap music. It’s like most of the stuff is not genuine; it doesn’t come from a real place. You just sit there and you listen to people brag about million dollars, cars, and dumb shit that has no value in this world. Everything with rap is so monetary, no one focuses on the release that comes through music.
“I loved Aaliyah growing up. I wanted to be her. Actually 'Hot Like Fire' is an Aaliyah sample. I just flipped it. You need to pay homage to the artists who influenced you, and Aaliyah is definitely a big influence for me as far as style goes. How sweet she was and how dangerous she could be at times. I loved her like legitimately.
“I don’t really like R&B music. I think Trey Songz ruined it for me...I’m kidding.
“I like alternative. I love people like Jason Mraz, Justin Nozuka, Train, New Radicals, really different types of groups. Matchbox 20, Metallica, Green Day, Toploader, Christina Aguilera—she’s so dope. Her voice is crazy."