Angel Haze has had a rocky year. The 23-year-old rapper — who is agender and goes by gender-neutral pronouns — overdosed and entered rehab in the spring, following a breakup with model girlfriend Ireland Baldwin.
The Detroit native shot to fame after the release of “Dirty Gold” in 2013 and returns with “Back To The Woods,” which shows the artist’s commitment to work through the pain. “The woods is a metaphor for a place of gratitude, and the only place you can be free,” Haze explains. “It’s a place completely unaltered, so going back to the woods is like going back to a form of myself that didn’t allow anyone to f—k with me. … It can be a hard place to find when you are in the trenches of the world.”
Happiness has never come easy for Haze. The rapper feels happiness is more of a mood than a state of being. “It’s fleeting, like every emotion we all feel,” Haze explains. Haze is making a point to relish in happy times more, by getting a tattoo of a flowerpot, adding a new flower every time the performer feels joy.
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