Angel Haze: “Reservation is a little introduction to me. Especially with the EP title Reservation. You know how you go to a restaurant? You reserve your place there, you know you’re gonna be there, and you’re gonna be able to sit where you want. To me, it’s like I’m making my reservation here in the industry, in the hip-hop world, and whatever, and it’s time for you guys to get to know me.
“Reservation, was really a piece where I felt like I had to be as interpreted, trackwise, as possible. If you listen, you can get into what it was that I am, what I was, and what I went through. If you could relate to me that’s great. But ‘This is Me’ was the perfect because it’s like, ‘Hi, this is who I am.’
“I don’t like to go to the studio and write. A lot of people give me credit for that, but it’s like not anything spectacular. I just sit there, and in maybe a five-hour sitting I could write like six songs.
My manager spent a whole year telling me I wasn’t good enough to put anything out yet. Like, 'You’re not ready to get on your own.' He send me a bunch of beats, I tried to make songs, I failed. He’s like, ‘You’re not ready yet.’ So I made an effort prove him wrong, because I’m a person who enjoys being challenged. I actually just went sat down, and knocked the shit out.
"We did session-by-session, so each session I had at least five songs that I wanted to do. Then there were like four I wasn’t sure about. It was pretty fun. I’m the type of person that goes in the studio and don’t stop. I don’t do the play around, smoke, and do this other shit. It’s lame.
“My manager spent a whole year telling me I wasn’t good enough to put anything out yet. Like, 'You’re not ready to get on your own.' He send me a bunch of beats, I tried to make songs, I failed. He’s like, ‘You’re not ready yet.’ So I made an effort prove him wrong, because I’m a person who enjoys being challenged. I actually just went sat down, and knocked the shit out.
“Its weird, because the more thought you put into a song, the more strain it becomes. So everything that I write now, I try to let it flow. I let it write itself. It’s easier that way.
“I was prepared for it. I planned for all of this. So when the [acclaim] came, I wasn’t really surprised. I don’t mean to sound cocky or whatever. But it’s like whatever I want in life I can actually have. So when I want something and it comes to me, I’m not surprised by it.
“It was, ‘This is me. I’m coming for your necks, asses, and faces if I have to,’ and, ‘This is me. I’m a really nice girl.’ It’s kind of like a versatile type of thing. I did this with the intention of being the next big thing. I was just going to be me as much as I could, but I was gonna make a damn good record. That was the point of it.
“[My family] actually heard all of it. They saw the video and all that other stuff. They’re like super supportive... My brother was like, ‘You, this shit’s crazy. I could hear the shit on radio everywhere now.’ I was like, ‘Oh, can you?’ My mom loved it, she never stopped playing it. ‘Werkin Girls’ is actually her ringtone. It was pretty cool.”