About Angel Haze
Raykeea Raeen-Roes Wilson known professionally as Angel Haze, is an American rapper and singer. In 2012, Wilson released the EP Reservation and later signed a record deal with Universal Republic Records before moving to Republic Records. On December 31, 2013, Wilson released their debut album Dirty Gold, which featured the singles "Echelon " and "Battle Cry.” Wilson has released a number of mixtapes, including Reservation, which was ranked the sixth-best mixtape of 2012 by Mike Diver of the BBC. Their most recent mixtape is Back to the Woods .
Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan to a military family. Her father, who died from a gunshot wound before her birth, was African American and her mother is a Native American Cherokee. When Wilson was a young child her mother met a preacher in the Greater Apostolic Faith and they moved into his home with his wife and children, into what Wilson describes as a cult. Growing up in the church, Wilson witnessed domestic violence and manipulation at a very young age. As a child, she was sexually abused by a man close to the family. Wilson also recalls being told that she would die spontaneously if she didn't behave correctly. In an interview with The Guardian, Wilson stated: "We all lived in the same community, within 10 minutes of each other. You weren't allowed to talk to anyone outside of that, you weren't allowed to wear jewelry, listen to music, to eat certain things, to date people... you weren't allowed to do pretty much anything."
Wilson's family moved around a lot, mainly due to her mother running away from the church. At one point the family was living in a shelter and she was teased at school for it. She was also mocked for her clothes and had difficulties making friends and connections due to moving around. She switched between homeschool and public school for many years and finished high school a year early.
After a pastor threatened Wilson's mother the family left the church, moving to Brooklyn, New York when she was 15 years old. The pastor told their family that God was going to kill them, and they lived in fear for years afterward.
Wilson began writing as a form of therapy and expressed an interest in creative writing, poetry and journalism. Her first poem was published at the age of 13 after winning a school competition. As a child, she took creative writing lessons and wanted to be a songwriter or gospel artist. Eventually, she began making YouTube videos and freestyle rapping at the age of 18. Wilson began distributing music on the Internet through sites like Tumblr, where a fan base began to form.
From 2009 to 2012, Wilson put out a number of mixtapes for free download on the Internet: New Moon, Altered Ego, King, and Voice. In July 2012, they released the free mixtape Reservation to critical acclaim, receiving an 88/100 score from Metacritic. The title Reservation is as an homage to their Native American heritage. Wilson was nominated for BBC the Sound of 2013 poll.
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