By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Newcomer Angel Haze is causing a stir in hip-hop. Her new six-song mixtape, Classick, features the Detroit native rapping over Eminem's haunting “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.” Angel raps about the sexual abuse she says she suffered for several years starting when she was just a kid, which mentally and emotionally scarred her for years to come. She also addresses her bisexuality and how she thinks that was linked to the abuse.
The song quickly generated accolades from critics and fans for its tart honesty in addressing a subject matter usually taboo in hip-hop. Entertainment Weekly dubbed it, "one of the most bracing, intense, personal, and hard-hitting rap songs you’ll hear all year," while Spin said, "she's made some incredible strides to become the insightful, confident, and razor-sharp MC that she's proved herself to be."
In an interview with the NY Times, Angel opened up about the painful song. "This is one of the most honest songs I have ever done in my entire life, and I was extremely nervous to put it out because of that. I’m anxious, because I don’t know what the response is going to be. I don’t know how crazy it’s going to sound. I literally bared my soul there. So it’s a giant step for me, and hopefully it helps a lot of people."
When asked about her overall goal for the song she replied, "My ultimate goal was to let go of all of it, the things that kind of haunt me in a way. I know it’s important in music to be honest with who you are, because this world is so full of lost kids who go through the same thing I went through, whose end result is ultimately suicide or drugs. And they don’t know they are strong enough to get through it. They don’t have an example. Too many people are afraid to say, “This happened to me and look what I did