Angel Haze, 22 and openly queer, gave “Same Love” a redo this week as part of her 30 Gold promotion, covering 30 hits in 30 days with her sharp style and strong character.
While celebrated by many for being a queer anthem, and for supporting the wave of LGBT equality legislation passed throughout the country, Macklemore’s “Same Love” has gotten some flack from queer artists such as Le1f for co-opting the voice of the gay community.
“News flash: gay people don’t care about your video about gay people,” tweeted Le1f about the video.
Now rising star and openly queer rapper Angel Haze has given “Same Love” a new look—and a real coming out story—to match Mary Lambert’s chorus.
Angel Haze raps:
At age thirteen, my mom knew I wasn’t straight / She didn’t understand, but she had so much to say / She sat me on the couch, looked me straight in my face / And said you’ll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS.
Hate for who you love is not exactly what you’d imagine… / And it’s tougher when it’s something you can’t deny / And ignorance teaches us it’s something you decide / You’re driven by your choices, an optical illusion / Here’s to understanding it’s not always confusion.
The track is also now available on SoundCloud.
The 30 Golden series is a promotion for Haze’s new album, Dirty Gold, due out early 2014. Haze has been named one of rap’s promising new talents by Rolling Stone earlier this summer, a title she takes on willingly—though with some surprise.
“It’s still so surreal,” Haze told Rolling Stone. “I haven’t really been able to grasp it. I want to stop one day and be like, ‘Holy shit! Look at what I did and where I am.'”
Haze is part of a new wave of openly queer rappers invading what was once a homophobic music scene—along with the likes of Big Freedia, Le1f, Mykki Blanco, and yes, even Macklemore—artists are elevating queerness and celebrating inclusivity in a scene that not ten years before had no space for the LGBTQ community and they’re sending a much different message.
“Here’s a message to the people who just don’t get it: Love is love There is no difference,” raps Angel Haze on the track.
“It’s love and it’s selfless / It’s yours and everybody else’s / So don’t badger and abuse the solemnly defenseless / See us as yourself / There’s no equality in difference / Until we all get it, we’ll be drowning in the same blood / Despite orientation, we all feel the same love”