After leaking her own album Dirty Gold last week, Angel Haze has sparked new conversations about the artist-label relationship, the benefits of and problems with artists taking matters into their own hands, and the year for women in hip-hop. Some have speculated that—in light of Beyoncé’s recent success with a surprise album—this may have been a publicity stunt. Watching Angel explain her decision in the video above, it becomes clear that this is about more than publicity.
Watch Angel explain why she choose to leak her own album, then listen to a sampler here. The label is now scheduled for an official release on December 30.
If the main source of your happiness becomes the sole source of your stress, then something needs to fucking change.