Back in December 2013, Angel Haze threw caution to the wind when she leaked her debut album, Dirty Gold. Scheduled to arrive on March 3, 2014, the New York rapstress voiced her frustrations with her label (Republic) for delaying the album again, as it was originally slated to descend before the new year. The 22-year-old Brooklynite took to Twitter on a rant, before uploading Dirty Gold to SoundCloud and sharing it with the world.
Despite having gone in opposition of her superiors and subsequently underselling with her debut LP (under 1,000 copies in its opening week), Haze is seemingly taking things with stride and keeping a positive attitude.
“When I said I wanted to go for Dec. 30 because I didn’t want to not keep my word to my fans, I knew that that would result in thousands of my fans still not knowing that the album was out because they’ve seen the March release [online] and it’s confusing,” later adding, “I knew I was going to have to play catch up and bring everyone up to speed on what’s going on and do all the extra work and I was okay with that. It means I won’t sell as much in the first few weeks and it doesn’t bother me. It’s a lot of work but I never set myself up for anything I’m not prepared for.”