How She Started Writing
Angel Haze: “I would say writing for me is rehabilitation, the need to express myself. I have really bad trust issues—no Drake—but I don’t really like to tell my problems to anyone. So that’s the best therapy, just writing it down, just throwing your paper to the wind, and letting nature handle your problems.
“It all started in therapy, but I was always interested in creative writing and journalism for four years. I took creative writing classes, and just everything you can possibly imagine. I wanted to be a writer at one point; a songwriter actually. Then I wanted to be a gospel artist. I used to love Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, and Mary Mary.
would say writing for me is rehabilitation, the need to express myself. I have really bad trust issues—no Drake—but I don’t really like to tell my problems to anyone.
“I don’t know, I think it was so instilled into me that I just wanted to do it naturally. But gospel music is like...I don’t know. I like it. The regular cluby, dancy shit I like, especially Mary, Mary.
“I never thought I’d be performing any of it, but I had my first poem published at the age of 13 in an actual publication. My school had some competition, and whoever won would get into some book and get free tickets to Japan or something. I never saw my tickets, and never got my copy of the book. I ended up moving, so it’s kinda of like, ‘eh.’
"It was actually a poem I wrote about music, which is so ironic. But other than that I just started doing it, and just found a love for it. For me, my ultimate decision for what I would do in life is what I could never stop loving."