Taking Rap Seriously
Angel Haze: “I would do full freestyles over a beat, put it up on Tumblr, and it’d get a like 2,000 notes. Then more and more people gravitated and were like, ‘Holy shit, you’re good.’ Then the fanbase started. I find that when you don’t really force yourself on people, they tend to listen more and be really into it. It was cool for me then and I was super stoked.
“[I did the ‘Lotus Flower Bitch’ freestyle] was because I cannot stand that song. [Laughs.] I fucking hate that song. I’m so sick of hearing it on the radio, so sick of hearing people sing that shit. So I just made that up on the spot. It was continuous, but I ended up editing it all over the video because we all know Wale is sensitive, and I don’t have time to be beefing with niggas like him.
“I could [freestyle] off the top, but I’m not going to pretend that I did. I wrote it and it was like whatever. Then I put it out. It came that way, and it was super easy for me. I used to put out a song every single day just because I could. As I got more complicated, I guess I started spreading them out more. The first time I got recognition for a song, it was the ‘Fall for Your Type’ Drake remix.
[I did the ‘Lotus Flower B***h’ freestyle] was because I cannot stand that song. [Laughs.] I hate that song. I’m so sick of hearing it on the radio, so sick of hearing people sing it. I ended up editing it all over the video because we all know Wale is sensitive, and I don’t have time to be beefing with n****s like him.
“Music was never really a hobby. I never knew I wanted to do it until I met a guy who became my best friend and he kind of introduced the idea to me. After that, I was totally immersed in it. This was recently. I was 17 and I just continued doing it.
“Le’Roy Benros is my manager. He found me on Youtube and he was relentless. He stalked me. Like, ‘Yo. Yo, yo. I have to talk to you. Call me.’ For three weeks he kept insisting that I call him, and I was like, ‘Bro, relax.’ They were like we love you, we wanna work with you, we wanna put this out under our trademark, and we’re just gonna blow it up for you.
I wouldn’t talk to anyone because I’ve been approached by so many people before that that’d say, ‘We’re gonna do this for you, we’re gonna do that for you,’ and at the end of the day no one ever really came through like they promised. So it was like I’m just gonna do it on my own, and get enough attention to myself that everyone has to work with me. A you can’t really deny me type of thing.
“I called him finally and we were meeting up a week after that. He threw me on stage the first day he met me, and I was like, ‘You are an asshole.’
“My manager taught me it’s not good to oversaturate or put too much stuff out, because then people get confused by you. So for me I’ve been just learning to do what I’m told.”