A casual observer might say that the most surprising musical release in the past seven days was Beyoncé's new album, but those people would be wrong—at least Beyonce's record label knew about it. On Wednesday morning, fed up with constant delays, up-and-coming rapper Angel Haze leaked her own album, Dirty Gold, online without the consent of her label, Island Records
Leading up the leak, Haze expressed her frustration in a series of tweets, writing in part, "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," and "I did not promise an album and not deliver, unlike every fucking one else. I sat my ass down and came up with this music WHEN I HAD NOTHING."
So she uploaded the album to SoundCloud.
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$ka Yxxng (@AngelHaze) December 18, 2013
Haze's SoundCloud page has been crucial to her success online. Back in October, Flavorwire asserted that her 30 Gold freestyle-a-day project made her the most important rapper of the year.
Within an hour of showing up online, the album had disappeared again, likely pulled with a copyright claim from Island. For a while, it seemed that Haze had lost the battle, and would have to wait again until her original March release date.
Then earlier tonight, Haze put out another series of updates:
My labels didn't think that I would do it, but I did. It's hard to put at risk everything I've spent this year working on but I had to— Ala$ka Yxxng (@AngelHaze) December 19, 2013
For both me and you guys. No one should ever be afforded the opportunity to fuck with your dreams. REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY ARE.— Ala$ka Yxxng (@AngelHaze) December 19, 2013
They do not own you or your faith or your future and because of what you guys helped me show them.— Ala$ka Yxxng (@AngelHaze) December 19, 2013
My labels have agreed to release Dirty Gold December 30th. Uk & US. (Rest of the world, we are coming for you as well). Thank you all. Night— Ala$ka Yxxng (@AngelHaze) December 19, 2013
It's coming in just under the wire, but it looks like Haze's album will be out this year.
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