Female Rapper Angel Haze Brings Her Coming Out Story To A Rendition Of Macklemore's "Same Love"
Angel Haze is adding another layer of gravity to Macklemore's insta-classic pro-LGBT single, "Same Love." As part of the nascent hip-hop artist's #30GOLD series of freestyling over popular hip-hop songs, Angel reclaims "Same Love" for the gay community with poignant lyrics that detail her own coming out.
A sampling of Angel's lyrical retooling of "Same Love":
At age 13 my mother knew I wasn't straight/ She didn't understand but she had so much to say/ She sat me on the couch, looked me straight in my face/ She said, 'You'll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS' ... No, I'm not gay/ No, I'm not straight/ And I sure as hell am not bisexual/ Damn it, I am who I am when I am it.
Last month, fellow queer rapper Le1f criticized Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (both of whom are straight) for what he considered to be an exploitation of the LGBT. It's nice to see a queer hip-hop up-and-comer use a positive approach to the dialog jumpstarter that Macklemore gave the world.
What do you think of Angel's take on "Same Love"?
(Source and image: Billboard)