Just days after Angel Haze announced that her debut album, Dirty Gold, would drop March of 2014, the rapper took to Twitter to air her grievances against her label and, subsequently, leak the record months before its due date.
Since they don't want to put it out this year, I will. Here's the album. HERE IS DIRTY GOLD. I hope you all enjoy it. http://t.co/MPmWL4AhoP
— Ala$ka Yxxng (@AngelHaze) December 18, 2013
“It’s so annoying that my label could tell me that if I f—ing finished my album before the summer it would be out this year,” she said Wednesday (December 18), continuing with a series of tweets about the stresses of the album release process.
“So sorry to Island/Republic Records, but f— you,” she then said. “I got here doing this for my fans and if you guys don’t feel the same, it won’t stop me…. Idc what happens after this. They will get the music they were promised. And you guys JUST MAY LEARN TO KEEP YOUR F—ING WORD.”
Haze made a name for herself by climbing up from the underground — as well as for her stark honesty about her struggles with depression and history of sexual abuse — releasing her Reservation EP for free online in 2012 and capturing the attention of the music world at large. Her Classick mixtape soon followed, featuring stand-out “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” a remake of Eminem’s 2002 release.
Speaking with MTV News back in March, Haze was excited about her upcoming major label release, saying, “There’s a ton to be expected, especially since I’ve been working so diligently and with so many different and diverse people…. It’s crazy right now, but I can only imagine the evolved, finished [project] … I’m excited.”
With Wednesday’s move, Haze follows in the footsteps of Death Grips, who posted their record NO LOVE DEEP WEB online for free without permission from their label, Epic Records, last year. The label dropped Death Grips soon after.
We have yet to see a statement from Haze’s label following her deliberate leak.