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Queer Rapper Angel Haze Takes Back “Same Love” For Herself And All LGBT People

angel (1)You may not be familiar with Angel Haze, but you will be after this. She has been doing freestyles over hip hop songs as part of her new #30GOLD campaign, which is leading up to the January release of her debut studio album Dirty Gold. Previously she flowed over Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” and Jay Z’s “Tom Ford.” Most recently she covered Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love.”

So why is this important? Three reasons:

1) She takes the song back for LGBT people everywhere, and

2) She takes it back for herself, using it as a moment to talk about her own coming out struggle when she was a teenager.

3) She comes out with her rendition of the song, which is amazing considering that she has very little company now being an out queer woman rapper of color.

Here’s a snippet of the lyrics:

Hi mom, I’m really scared right now, but I have to.
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
And said ‘You’ll burn in hell, or probably die of AIDS.’

Powerful stuff. Angel understandably had some reservations about releasing the freestyle track, as she shared via Twitter:

 

Listen and decide for yourself, then let us know what you think in the comments!

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